Kumari Puja

During Durgotsav, Goddess Durga is worshipped in all feminine forms – Shakti, Shanti, Mother, sister and Daughter…… Kumari (unmarried girl). Little girls of age 3 to 9 are dressed up in the solah singars with alankars (jewellery) like bangles, earrings, necklace, Maang tika, bindi…… I honestly wouldn’t be able to translate all of them for you to sum it……. she is dressed like a bride and then the priest prays to her as he would to the Goddess. She is offered flowers, food of her choice (even Chocolates), incense and arati is done of her like it would be done of the Goddess. The best part of the whole thing is that the little girl then gets to bless everybody. I find it really hilarious when the little girl is asked to hold the shanti mudra and bless people who are more than 10 to 20 times her age.

Out of all the Kumaris that I have taken pics of during Durgotsav this little girl has captured my heart forever. She was so calm and serene all through the rituals……. probably bribed big time by her parents but the end result was beautiful. I was so enamored by her that I just couldn’t stop taking pics of her……. very very photogenic I have rarely seen a little girl of her age so patient and calm.

and  then, she {snapped}
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    Teresa February 13, 2012

    She is a beautiful little girl, and your pictures are great!

  2. Reply
    Suzy February 13, 2012

    what a cutie.

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    wifetoalineman02 February 11, 2012

    what a gorgeous little girl ๐Ÿ™‚ visiting this time from Ruby Tuesday 2, hope that you can return the visit too.


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    cheerful February 11, 2012

    she’s so lovely…and she’s really into it. visiting from OT, hope you can visit me back. thanks and have a great weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    wifetoalineman02 February 11, 2012

    awww! I love Indian beauty, the girls are so beautiful, is this your daughter too? She is like a Goddess ๐Ÿ™‚ Visiting from Orange Tuesday, hope that you can return the visit too.


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    Leah H. February 11, 2012

    She is so adorable and so perfect..

    Visiting for OT! Hope you can stop by:)


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    Tito Eric February 10, 2012

    Simply divine!

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    Leah H. February 10, 2012

    Such a pretty girl..

    Visiting for RT 2- hope you can stop by:)


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    Aliz February 8, 2012

    beautifully captured

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    fredamans February 7, 2012

    Beautiful child.

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    Karin M. February 7, 2012

    Wow … she is a great beauty … stunning images …
    captured very well….
    Greeting Karin

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    Cafe au lait February 7, 2012

    I agree with Lina and she is also vpretty.

    My RT.ery

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    ascu75 aka Don February 7, 2012

    Nice images she is a real sweetie

    My Ruby Tuesday 2 pics

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    lina @women's perspectives February 7, 2012

    No wonder why the girl is chosen…

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