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Dressed as a goddess

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A young Nepalese girl dressed as a Kumari, or living goddess, awaits a Kumari puja celebration at Hanuman Dhoka, Basantapur Durbar Square in Katmandu, Nepal, today.

More than 100 girls under the age of nine gathered for Kumari puja, a tradition of worshiping young girls as manifestations of the divine female energy.

The ritual holds a strong religious significance in the Newar community and is held primarily to save small girls from diseases and bad luck in the years to…

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