According to Yuvraj Acharya, Matani Shakya, a three-year old girl, has been selected as a kumari, or living goddess, in Nepal. She was approved by the nation’s priests and Nepali president Ram Baran Yadav. She was approved after a long contest in which she was found to have perfect eyes, ears, teeth and unblemished skin. She also had to be fearless: she could not be afraid of the dark, and, in her final test, she had to spend the night with the heads of sacrificed goats and buffaloes.
Having passed the tests, she will now be worshipped as the embodiment of the Hindu goddess Taleju. Once she has reached puberty, she will be returned to her family and will be replaced by the next goddess. Life after being a goddess is not easy, though. Men who marry them are cursed with short lives, so they typically remain single, which almost secures a life of poverty for them in their caste-driven country.
This practice is explained further by V. Carroll Dunham and J. Michael Luhan in this article. We must pray that Nepal would abandon their idolatry and turn to the “God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, mighty and awesome God” (Deut. 10:17). Pray that they will turn to the only one in whom the fullness of deity dwells bodily (Col. 2:9).