The Kumari is a living goddess in Nepal and revered as such. She is a young girl and remains the living goddess until the time of her first menstruation at which point she will cease to have Kumari status and the complex selection process will begin again to find the replacement.
There are more than one Kumari in Nepal but I had the privilege to see her appear at the courtyard window of her residence in Kathmandu when I visited. It was a mixed pleasure though because there is something sad about a child being conditioned into a role (much like the Dalai Lama) so unlike that of her peers. Her life is sculpted from the point she is identified as a Kumari but worse, once she reaches puberty she no longer holds Kumari status and this has it’s own issues.
This video seeks to unveil some of the myths and mysteries surrounding this revered position and is sympathetically rendered and an intriguing watch.