Servants of the Goddess

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08-Sumithra-Renuka-Yellamma1

Sumithra, Renuka (here aged sixteen) and Lakshmni, Renuka's daughter. The tradition of carrying the jagha, a moveable shrine to Yellamma, is passed from mother to daughter. Sumithra keeps the jagha in a spare room of her house. When villagers need to consult the goddess, they stop by. Sumithra acts as a medium. She is known for the accuracy of her predictions.


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