Author: Carrol Dunham
Daniel B Haber/
Photographer: Thomas L Kelly
Publisher: Roli Books
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8174362614
The Royal Kumari - the Living Goddess, seems to lead a fairytale existence. This pictorial book with lengthy text dwells on the institution of Kumaris. The present Kumari was chosen in 2001 at the tender age of four. She was screened by the royal astrologer, many priests, and the King's religious advisor.
However, shrouded with the secrecy associated with tantric rituals, and taught from an early age that a goddess is to utter as few words as possible, the inner feelings of a Kumari remain as mysterious and inaccessible as a deity made of stone.