Volume : VIII, Issue : XII, December - 2018

DEMOGRAPHIC FEATURES OF DEVADASI WOMEN IN BELLARY DISTRICT OF KARNATAKA

Prof. Y. Ramachandra Reddy, R. M. Sridevi

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The custom of dedicating girls to the temples of the Goddess can be traced back to the 3rd Century A.D. during the period of the Puranas. Devadasis at that time worked in temples as entertainers. They sang and danced at temple functions and religious festivals. In India, in the past, the devadasis were a very important functionary of Hindu society. The functions of devadasis were a part of religious services in a long history of temple institution. In India the practices originate and developed during the early medieval period. There are a large number of inscriptions which give us a lot of information regarding the existence of the institution of the devadasis. Several south Indian inscriptions prove the association of dancing girls with temple service from about the 9th century AD. In this an attempt is made to analyze the demographic features of Devadasi women in Bellary district of Andhra Pradesh.

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DEMOGRAPHIC FEATURES OF DEVADASI WOMEN IN BELLARY DISTRICT OF KARNATAKA, PROF. Y. RAMACHANDRA REDDY, R.M. SRIDEVI , INDIAN JOURNAL OF APPLIED RESEARCH : Volume-8|Issue-12| December-2018


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