Consider the following statements about Devadasi system in India:

  1. The system is more prevalent in South India
  2. The system originated during the 6th century AD

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

Answer: [C] Both 1 & 2

Both are correct statements
Origin of Devadasi tradition goes as back as sixth century when the young girls, often from wealthy family backgrounds were dedicated to the local temples. After they would have gone through the dedication ceremony, they would be ‘married’ to the deity. They would then act as temple care-takers and performed rituals, dancing and music in the honour of the deity.

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