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From the Sanskrit देवदासी ‎(devá-dāsī, female servant of a deity), from देव ‎(devá, deity, god) and दासी ‎(dāsī, a female servant or slave).


devadasi ‎(plural devadasis)

  1. (Hinduism) 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.

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