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From mortal to goddess: The making of the Kumari of Lalitpur

Five young girls were brought to the Ratnakar Mahavihar in Gabahal, Lalitpur (Patan), on the afternoon of February 5. Some of the girls are as young as two. The excitement in their faces is visible; why not? One of them will take charge as the Kumari of Patan, one of the three medieval kingdoms of […]

Shivaratri, Pashupatinath and Babajis’ shenanigans

Maha Shivaratri, according to legends, is the night when Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati tied the knot. Nepal celebrates the big day in a big way, especially in and around the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. Thousands of faithfuls from India, along with different parts of Nepal and many other countries throng Kathmandu, waiting in line […]