Servants of the Goddess


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24-Saundatt- temple

South gate of Yellamma's main temple in Saundatti. Devotees must visit the temple at least once a year. Villagers travel to festivals by bullock cart or on foot in processions, forming one long glowing snake, undulating through the landscape. Devadasis and girls slated for dedication lead the processions, carrying pots of water from the village well on their head. Sumithra takes her moveable shrine to Saundatti once a year to "renew its power."

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