In 2000, when Chanira Bajrycharya was just five years old, she was chosen to be a Kumari - a child goddess in Nepal.

For the next 10 years, she remained inside her Kumari house, receiving worshippers and giving blessings.

She tells Anoushka Mutanda-Dougherty about being a living deity, and how her life changed after losing her status as a goddess aged 15.

Chanira now works for a mortgage broker in Kathmandu.

(Picture: Chanira Bajrycharya whilst Kumari. Credit: Chanira Bajrycharya)

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