International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 5, Issue 1, Part B (2019)
The origin and historical development of Devadasi system in India
Y Ramachandra Reddy and RM SrIdevi
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 C.E. In this paper an attempt is made to trace the historical development of Devadasi system in different parts of India.