Servants of the Goddess

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The mandapa, or hall of worship, of a medieval Shiva temple in Lagoli village. On the round slab before the inner sanctum of the god, devadasis once performed dance-worship twice a day. In medieval times, devadasis were allocated houses in streets near the temple. Today's devadasis live in houses surrounding the temple and are probably the descendants of those who served in the temple centuries ago.


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