For centuries, the devadasis of India were regarded as sacred servants who devoutly served Hindu religious images by dancing of singing in the temple . This study traces the changes in the social , religious and legal status of devadasis with particular attention to those changes government policy towards the davadasis that exemplify the trends towards modernization and secularization in India from the adevent of direct British rule in 1857 to Indian independence in 1947 .
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