We, the people around the world have lots of believes and follow different faiths. There are many to choose from. Most of us believe in the idea of God. God as an entity, an invisible force that helps us in the journey of life. God who protects us without showing himself. Most of the religious groups have their own incarnation of the almighty. But rarely can we ever account for a living God.
While my stay in Nepal, I learned about a faith and sect of people who believe in a Living Goddess. A living human to have attained the power and respect to be worshiped as a Goddess. The Kumari. The Kumari is such a form of The Living Goddess.
Kumari is an reincarnation of the Goddess, more commonly known as Taleju Bhawani. She is a Young girl yet to attain her puberty. She is believed to be the Goddess in a living and breathing form. She is worshiped by some of the Hindus and Buddhists sect of people. But not by all. the Tibetan Buddhists especially.
Kumaris are young gils chosen by the high priests who Check for the 32 signs of being a Goddess, ‘Battis Lakshan’ more commonly known. It goes from flawless skin to appropriate behavior.She must not be afraid if the dark. She must be polite and least aggressive and more such traits that she has to possess. Young girls appointed as potential Kumaris are studied by the Head Priest. After a series of various tests , a girl is finally chosen as the Kumari.
Now her reign will begin until the day she reaches puberty. During the times of Monarchs in Nepal, the crucial task of appointing the Kumari was a duty of the King and Queen.After becoming a democratic country , this duty was passed on to the Head Priest.
The Kumari now has to leave her hometown, her parents , her friends , everything that was familiar to her life before becoming a Goddess. Her life will change forever. She will now live with a family of the Head Priest in order to train and become a befitting Goddess.
What really intrigued my mind was the mind of that little girl. What must have gone through her mind. What she must have felt after realizing her life changing event. What she must have felt leaving her family and loved ones behind and move on to a life completely unknown and so different from girls her age.
That unimaginable strength of leaving behind everything must be the power that she possesses. That strength is what makes her a True Goddess. Leaving a world known to for a life unknown to her. Having this courage to take and withstand such a leap is what makes her a Goddess. And doing this makes her truly worthy to be worshiped.