Life of a Kumari Goddess

The young girls whose feet never touch ground

Broadly, the documentary filmmakers, heads to Nepal to witness the centuries-old tradition of worshipping Kumari, a living goddess manifested in the body of a young girl.

We explore just how how life is for the sacred children spending their lives in a temple — and what happens when they grow older.

In Nepal, a Kumari is a pre-pubescent girl selected from the Shakya caste or Bajracharya clan of the Nepalese Newari community.

The Kumari is revered and worshipped by some of the country’s Hindus as well as the Nepali Buddhists, though not the Tibetan Buddhists.

A Kumari is generally chosen for one day and worshipped accordingly on certain festivals like Navaratri or Durga Puja.

In Kathmandu Valley this is a particularly prevalent practice.

A Kumari is believed to be the incarnation of Taleju. When her first menstruation begins, it is believed that the goddess vacates her body.

Serious illness or a major loss of blood from an injury are also causes for loss of deity.

Life of a Kumari Goddess
  • Info
  • Release date2016
  • Full runtime
  • Director(s)Billy Voermann, Igor Kropotov
  • Production companyBroadly Productions