The Kumari of Patan, one of Nepal’s enigmatic living goddesses, has lived as a recluse for nearly 30 years, but the earthquakes that hit Nepal in April and May forced her to step into the streets for the first time.

Patan, Nepal.
Patan, Nepal.

Dhana Kumari Bajracharya was ordained as kumari at the age of two, and since then, she has only appeared in public on an ornate palanquin, paraded through the streets for Hindu festivals. Normally, a kumari retires once she starts to menstruate, but this never happened to Dhana Kumari Bajracharya, making her a reclusive goddess for life. Read more: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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