Girl Becomes Goddess – level 3
Hindu priests chose a three-year-old girl as Nepal’s next goddess, or ‘Kumari’, meaning that she will now live in a temple to bring good fortune to the country. Crowds of worshippers gathered to catch a glimpse of her during a religious ceremony.
A panel of Hindu priests chooses a goddess for a period of nine years. The panel chose Trishna Shakya, the current goddess, due to her horoscope and physical perfection from four other finalists. The predecessor left the temple soon after Trishna entered.
Bijaya Ratna Shakya, Trishna’s father, said that this was a very proud moment for him and the family, but he admitted being ‘a little bit emotional’, as this was a difficult time for him.
Difficult words: worshipper (a believer), gather (come together), glimpse (a quick look), panel (a group of special people), due to (because of), predecessor (somebody who precedes – exists before someone else).
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