In Nepal, Samita Bajracharya was worshipped as the incarnation of Kali until she reached puberty. Now, she is transitioning to life as a normal teenager.
April 9, 2011 Kumari Samita Bajracharya sits in front of devotees’ offers in Patan, Nepal, in April 2011. A Kumari, or Kumari Devi, is a “living goddess,” a young, pre-pubescent girl who is believed to be an incarnation of the Hindu goddess of power, Kali. Samita retires when she reaches puberty. Narendra Shrestha/European Pressphoto Agency Buy Photo