Mahari Devadasis, Dancers of Odisha

The Maharis are initiated into the order after a compulsory marriage with the God. In a simple ceremony a piece of new cloth is taken out from the idol and is tied around the neophytes head. After this ceremony, a Mahari devadasi begins her service as a dancer. The Maharis dance in the temple according to their terms. Whenever they have to dance they come to the temple after a purificatory bath. The Rajguru always presents himself during the dance as a representative of the king. Holding gold mounted cane as a symbol of authority, he stands near the dancer. The Mahari devadasi prior to her performance pays her obeisance to the deity and then bows to Rajguru. To know more read:

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