Kumari is a living "goddess" in Nepal; this "Kumari" term means a virgin goddess. Nepali worshippers revere many gods, goddesses, deities, and incarnations through statues, sculptures, and other symbols at temples and many other places.
Among contestants from a caste of the Shakya, a young girl at age of four or five is chosen through the selection process and ritual. Once selected, she is enthroned and is worshipped by Nepalis every morning. Kumari continues her duty until she ceases her duty in her preteen.
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