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  1. devadasinoun

    A girl that underwent Hindu religious practice in which they would be "married" to a deity. In addition to taking care of the temple, she learned and practiced Bharatanatyam and other classical Indian arts traditions, and enjoyed a high social status.

    Etymology: From the , from and .

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  1. Devadasi

    In Hinduism, a devadasi is a girl “married” to a deity and dedicated to worship and service of the deity or a temple for the rest of her life. Originally, in addition to taking care of the temple and performing rituals, these women learned and practiced Sadir, Odissi and other classical Indian artistic traditions and enjoyed a high social status as dance and music were essential part of temple worship. Traditionally devadasis had a high status in society. After marrying wealthy patrons, they spent their time honing their skills instead of becoming a housewife. They had children from their husbands who were also taught their skills of music or dance. Often their patrons had another wife who served them as housewife . During British rule in the Indian subcontinent, kings who were the patrons of temples and temple arts became powerless. As a result, devadasis were left without their traditional means of support and patronage. During colonial times, reformists worked towards outlawing the devadasi tradition on grounds that it supported prostitution. Colonial views on devadasis are hotly disputed by several groups and organizations in India and by western academics as the inability of the British to distinguish them from the petty girls who danced in the streets .

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of devadasi in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of devadasi in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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