Kumari Puja –the worship of a girl child between 5 to 12-is a unique practice observed at the time of Durga Puja in Eastern India. kumari means an unmarried girl. Kumari is not only dressed but also painted as goddess. She is worshipped by the senior members of the family and the locality .Starting from the priest to the oldest member of the family, everybody treats the child as goddess. We witness the subversion of the social hierarchy when the senior members touch her feet and the girl child acting as goddess offers blessings to the elderly people .She is made to look and act as a divine being. Kumari is looked upon as a virgin-a fountain-head of creation. She creates, nurtures and nourishes this universe thwarting the challenges emanating from the forces of Evil. Thus the kumari becomes an embodiment of universal motherhood. As the priest observes the rituals and chants mantras , the homely girl child of the family epitomizes divinity. Those who assemble to watch this puja stand in awe. But this spell of divinity does not last long. As the rituals come to an end and the chanting of mantra dies out, the familiar girl child wakes up to the world of reality.