The Women Worshippers of Goddess Yellamma

History of the Devadasi Tradition

The tradition of dedicating girls to Goddess Yellama dates back to the period of the Puranas, from the 6th century A.D. acco…

The Devadasi Cult and its Patrons

Girls from different class backgrounds but mostly from dalit or lower and intermediary castes were offered as a religious cu…

The Goddess Yellama

According folklore based on mythology one of the stories of Goddess Yellama is that of the curse of Jamadagni on Renuka, his…

Prevalence [Devadasi]

The Devadasi cult is prevalent in different forms throughout India, to this day. It is seen to a large extent in the distric…

Laws and Commissions [Devadasi]

Some of the states where the Devadasi practice is going on, Governments tried to eradicate it through state laws like the Bo…

Government Schemes [Devadasi]

In Karnataka in 2009, seeing the improper implementation of the Act in the last 20 years, the government planned to appoint …

Life of the present-day Devadasis

In Mehboobnagar district of Andhra Pradesh or Bellary district of Karnataka, there are separate residential areas allocated …

The Dance forms of the Devadasis

Kuchipudi: Situated in the Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh, the village Kuchipudi is 32 miles from Vijayawada. Six miles …

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