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    Is the devadasi system once again to resuscitate?


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    Today, it happens to read an article about Devadasi System which has been adopted in India especially in the Southern parts like Karnataka, Andhra, Kerala, and Tamilnadu.

    Usually, am not showing much interest in these subjects. However, one particular line made my eyes in stuck to the reading for an entire article.
    With the result of that line, am in fond of more searching to know deeply about the Devadasi System which has been nourished by the Hindu religion's unjustified customs, and vandalism of the upper caste people.

    Before entering into the article, we have to salute the national leaders, social reformers and the British-Indian governments who were playing the crucial role in abolishing this clumsy system.

    DEVADASI ABOLITION ACT 1947

    Dr. Muthulatchumi Reddi proposed the bill in the Madras legislation Council in 1930 for abolishing the Devadasi System in the Madras province. Thanthai Periyar E.V.R. an instrumental to her to propose this bill. After that, the Devadasi Abolition Act 1947 was enacted.

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    இந்த புத்தகத்தை நீங்கள் ஆர்டர் செய்தால் நான் உங்கள் விலாசத்திற்கு அனுப்பி வைக்கிறேன். விலை 350 ரூபாய் கூரியர் சிலவுடன்


    முகவரி ...
    ப. சிவசண்முகம்.
    புக்ஸ் பார்க் அண்ட் ஸ்டேஷனேரி மெர்ச்சண்ட்ஸ்
    கதவிலக்கம் 88 கோவை ரோடு
    என்ஆர் எம் பி பிளாசா
    என்ஆர் எம் பி தெரு கரூர். தமிழ்நாடு
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    Quote Originally Posted by shansnrmp View Post
    Today, it happens to read an article about Devadasi System which has been adopted in India especially in the Southern parts like Karnataka, Andhra, Kerala, and Tamilnadu.

    Usually, am not showing much interest in these subjects. However, one particular line made my eyes in stuck to the reading for an entire article.
    With the result of that line, am in fond of more searching to know deeply about the Devadasi System which has been nourished by the Hindu religion's unjustified customs, and vandalism of the upper caste people.

    Before entering into the article, we have to salute the national leaders, social reformers and the British-Indian governments who were playing the crucial role in abolishing this clumsy system.

    DEVADASI ABOLITION ACT 1947

    Dr. Muthulatchumi Reddi proposed the bill in the Madras legislation Council in 1930 for abolishing the Devadasi System in the Madras province. Thanthai Periyar E.V.R. an instrumental to her to propose this bill. After that, the Devadasi Abolition Act 1947 was enacted.

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    இந்த புத்தகத்தை நீங்கள் ஆர்டர் செய்தால் நான் உங்கள் விலாசத்திற்கு அனுப்பி வைக்கிறேன். விலை 350 ரூபாய் கூரியர் சிலவுடன்


    முகவரி ...
    ப. சிவசண்முகம்.
    புக்ஸ் பார்க் அண்ட் ஸ்டேஷனேரி மெர்ச்சண்ட்ஸ்
    கதவிலக்கம் 88 கோவை ரோடு
    என்ஆர் எம் பி பிளாசா
    என்ஆர் எம் பி தெரு கரூர். தமிழ்நாடு
    You have not mentioned anything about its resuscitation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CHANDRU1849 View Post
    You have not mentioned anything about its resuscitation.
    As the article is too long, I divided this into paragraphs and posted.
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    WHO ARE DEVADASI AND WHAT ARE THEIR DUTIES?

    According to the Oxford lexicon, the term Devadasi define as, In South and parts of Western India, a devadasi or jogini is a girl "dedicated" to worship and service of a deity or a temple for the rest of her life. The age group of a girl to be converted as devadasi is 18–36 years. The dedication takes place in a Pottukattu ceremony which is similar in some ways to marriage. Originally, in addition to taking care of the temple and performing rituals, these women learned and practiced classical Indian artistic traditions like Bharatanatyam and Odissi dances. They enjoyed a high social status as dance and music were the essential part of temple worship.

    From the above-said lines, we can easily understand that the Devadasis who were only exponents with the singing, dancing, and other permitted ritual performances were allowed to 'Pottukkattu' (பொட்டுக்கட்டுதல்) ceremony by the temple authorities. They enjoyed a high social status also.

    The suits about the Devadasis were held in the Madras Court during the year 1862 to 1889 the court said in its judgments that the Devadasis are differing from the prostitutes and they would be considered as in a separate class.

    One can easily understand from the above said Madras Court's judgments that the Devadasis enjoyed high privileges in the society, other than the prostitutes. And they are not coming in the prostitutes' circle.
    இந்த புத்தகத்தை நீங்கள் ஆர்டர் செய்தால் நான் உங்கள் விலாசத்திற்கு அனுப்பி வைக்கிறேன். விலை 350 ரூபாய் கூரியர் சிலவுடன்

    தமிழகத்தில் தேவதாசிகள்


    ஆசிரியர் முனைவர் கே. சதாசிவன்.

    முகவரி ...
    ப. சிவசண்முகம்.
    புக்ஸ் பார்க் அண்ட் ஸ்டேஷனேரி மெர்ச்சண்ட்ஸ்
    கதவிலக்கம் 88 கோவை ரோடு
    என்ஆர் எம் பி பிளாசா
    என்ஆர் எம் பி தெரு கரூர். தமிழ்நாடு
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    I am confused about this thread.
    Is it for or against "devadasi system".
    Are you saying it is being brought back?

    Yes, it was abolished, and it was a good thing that it got abolished.
    It was a despicable practice, just like Sati.
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    Devadasis of modern India – Who are they?

    At present, Devadasis are nothing more than sex slaves or child prostitutes who are dedicated to temples when they are as young as four or five years old. Almost all of them are Dalits, with a majority belonging to the Madiga and Valmiki castes, two of the most underprivileged castes in India. The Devadasis of modern India are largely concentrated in parts of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Maharashtra. They are called Mathangi in Maharashtra, Jogini or Mathamma in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, and Devadasi in Karnataka.
    The children are forced into becoming Devadasis by their own parents, because these girls are their only source of income in most cases. A lot of these families aren’t even allowed to enter or stay in the villages. They are ostracized because of their caste. Hence, inevitably, all of them are either illiterate or have received very little education, with no means for a stable income. The only jobs they can get are those of street cleaners or sewage collectors. Parents are therefore forced to act as pimps for their daughters and dedicate them as Devadasis in the hope of finding a means of survival.Irrespective of the size of the family, because of poverty, they most often find themselves living in a single room or under a thatched roof. Hence, it is very common for the entire family to wait outside, while the girl is inside gratifying the sexual needs of men in order to earn money. In a society where a girl child is often a liability, turning them into Devadasis is how patriarchy works to transform them into assets.

    What happened to the legal measures?

    Both before and after Independence, the government enacted laws prohibiting the dedication of Devadasis. It has been more than 20 years since the practice was banned across India.
    However, according to the National Human Rights Commission, in 2013, there were as many as 450,000Devadasis in India. Another commission led by Justice Raghunath Rao revealed that there are about 80,000Devadasi women in just Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
    The people involved in the practice are either not aware that laws are there in place prohibiting it or choose to ignore them. Given how economically vulnerable the communities involved here are, the laws are probably not going to be helpful as long as the attempt is just to criminalize and prohibit the Devadasi system. This is evident from the stark difference between the number of Devadasis being dedicated and the number of people who have been charged under the act. Instead, providing these communities with basic education and making them economically empowered, along with sensitisation, would be the ideal way forward.


    https://yourstory.com/2017/04/devadasis-india/

    I am not sure of this article, I will check the authenticity.
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    According to Wiki:

    Instead of being a common prostitute, they were "escorts". Same job different title.

    India's National Commission for Women, which is mandated to protect and promote the welfare of women, has collected information on the prevalence of devadasis in various states. The government of Odisha has stated that the devadasi system is not prevalent in the state. There is only one Devadasi in Odisha, in a Puri temple.

    Similarly the government of
    Tamil Nadu wrote that this system has been eradicated and there are now no devadasis in the state.

    Andhra Pradesh has identified 16,624 devadasis within its state and Karnataka has identified 22,941.

    The government of
    Maharashtra did not provide the information as sought by the Commission. However, the state government provided statistical data regarding the survey conducted by them to sanction a "Devadasi Maintenance Allowance". A total of 8,793 applications were received and after conducting a survey 6,314 were rejected and 2,479 devadasis were declared eligible for the allowance. At the time of sending the information, 1,432 Devadasis were receiving this allowance.According to a study by the Joint Women’s Programme of the Bangalore for National Commission for Women, girls who have to accept becoming a devadasi, few reasons were provided, which included dumbness, deafness, poverty, and others. The life expectancy of devadasi girls is low compared to the average of the country, it is rare to find devadasis older than fifty Devadasi.


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devadasi


    I want to believe this account.
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    Quote Originally Posted by prasad1 View Post
    I am confused about this thread.
    Is it for or against "devadasi system".
    Are you saying it is being brought back?

    Yes, it was abolished, and it was a good thing that it got abolished.
    It was a despicable practice, just like Sati.
    No confusion. As I said in the last chapter, the Devadasi system was rejected by the laws, which is very welcome. However, I deeply regret that there are practices in some Karnataka temples and in the interior of Tamil Nadu.
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    TRACES OF LINEAGE OF THE DEVADASI SYSTEM


    In time immemorial the Devadasi system has prevailed in India. However, the historian says that this custom would be traced in 6 and 8 th centuries. Further, they added the Hindu kings and priests forced the Bhikkhunis to convert as Devadasis, after falling the Buddhism. Thus the sacred Bhikkhunis enduring their fate in the hands of the Hinduism as well as the Bhakti era were raising at then.

    DEVADASIS IN SOCIAL ACTIVITIES


    Even though there are different views about the Devadasis, it is true that these women would never withdraw from the eternal services as well as in the philanthropic work. It has come to the light from the contemporary stone scripts of the king Raja Raja Chola. Interestingly enlighten in that script that one Devadasi has contributed the lands and jewels to the local deity for performing the daily poojas.


    A reasonable question may arise in the readers' mind while reading the above lines. Is any Devadasi lived in the recent years like that perpetual era of the 10 th century court dancers who were enduring the life for the philanthropic activities? If you asked this question to me, my reply will be yes. I can be classified the philanthropist Devadasis. The following classes will help you to know about them. They had participated in many social activities in the recent era, using their fabulous wealth in the philanthropic activities.



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    Shansnrmp,
    I still do not know where you are going with this.
    That was a bad system, it was abolished by law. It is still being practiced, that is bad.

    If it was volunteers like nuns, I will not have a problem.
    But it was forced by the parents and encouraged by the kings, rich people, temple priest etc.
    It was forced prostitution, under a different name.

    It should be rooted out. I can not see any justification for this ugly practice.
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