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'Living Goddess' Sajani Shakya, one of three Kumaris stands with her sister, far left, and other relatives and supporters on the roof of her house. Nepali Hindus and Buddhists believe the Kumari to be a human deity - an incarnation of the Goddess Durga. The Kumari is chosen from the Shakya caste of Nepali Newars, and remains a living goddess up until she reaches puberty.