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Durga Puja: Why are prostitutes considered sacred during Navratri?

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Soil from prostitutes land is used to make Ma Durga idols
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    Prostitution in some parts of India is still considered sacred and carried out in the name of God. Devdasis practice temple prostitution and are religious whores or servants of god according to the ancient Hindu tradition. A ritual marriage to a deity or a temple is carried out after which the temple dancer service the male devotees of the temple.

    The tradition still continues in certain regions of India, particularly the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Sarah Harris made a documentary called 'Prostitues of God' and brought forth the fact that there are some 23,000 estimated religious prostitutes in Karnataka.

    During Navratras, the sacred idol of Ma Durga is considered to be incomplete without the soil from a prostitute's door steps.

    Click on this slide show to know why so and the history….

  • Soil and other mixture used in making the Durga idol
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    Soil and other mixture used in making the Durga idol

    Prostitution in some parts of India is still considered sacred and carried out in the name of God. Devdasis practice temple prostitution and are religious whores or servants of god according to the ancient Hindu tradition. A ritual marriage to a deity or a temple is carried out after which the temple dancer service the male devotees of the temple.

    The tradition still continues in certain regions of India, particularly the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Sarah Harris made a documentary called 'Prostitues of God' and brought forth the fact that there are some 23,000 estimated religious prostitutes in Karnataka.

    During Navratras, the sacred idol of Ma Durga is considered to be incomplete without the soil from a prostitute's door steps.

    Click on this slide show to know why so and the history….

  • +6 See more slides

    Prostitution in some parts of India is still considered sacred and carried out in the name of God. Devdasis practice temple prostitution and are religious whores or servants of god according to the ancient Hindu tradition. A ritual marriage to a deity or a temple is carried out after which the temple dancer service the male devotees of the temple.

    The tradition still continues in certain regions of India, particularly the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Sarah Harris made a documentary called 'Prostitues of God' and brought forth the fact that there are some 23,000 estimated religious prostitutes in Karnataka.

    During Navratras, the sacred idol of Ma Durga is considered to be incomplete without the soil from a prostitute's door steps.

    Click on this slide show to know why so and the history….

  • From where soil is collected to make Durga idol?
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    From where soil is collected to make Durga idol?

    Prostitution in some parts of India is still considered sacred and carried out in the name of God. Devdasis practice temple prostitution and are religious whores or servants of god according to the ancient Hindu tradition. A ritual marriage to a deity or a temple is carried out after which the temple dancer service the male devotees of the temple.

    The tradition still continues in certain regions of India, particularly the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Sarah Harris made a documentary called 'Prostitues of God' and brought forth the fact that there are some 23,000 estimated religious prostitutes in Karnataka.

    During Navratras, the sacred idol of Ma Durga is considered to be incomplete without the soil from a prostitute's door steps.

    Click on this slide show to know why so and the history….

  • +6 See more slides

    Prostitution in some parts of India is still considered sacred and carried out in the name of God. Devdasis practice temple prostitution and are religious whores or servants of god according to the ancient Hindu tradition. A ritual marriage to a deity or a temple is carried out after which the temple dancer service the male devotees of the temple.

    The tradition still continues in certain regions of India, particularly the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Sarah Harris made a documentary called 'Prostitues of God' and brought forth the fact that there are some 23,000 estimated religious prostitutes in Karnataka.

    During Navratras, the sacred idol of Ma Durga is considered to be incomplete without the soil from a prostitute's door steps.

    Click on this slide show to know why so and the history….

  • Why soil from Prostitutes is taken to make Durga idol?
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    Why soil from Prostitutes is taken to make Durga idol?

    Prostitution in some parts of India is still considered sacred and carried out in the name of God. Devdasis practice temple prostitution and are religious whores or servants of god according to the ancient Hindu tradition. A ritual marriage to a deity or a temple is carried out after which the temple dancer service the male devotees of the temple.

    The tradition still continues in certain regions of India, particularly the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Sarah Harris made a documentary called 'Prostitues of God' and brought forth the fact that there are some 23,000 estimated religious prostitutes in Karnataka.

    During Navratras, the sacred idol of Ma Durga is considered to be incomplete without the soil from a prostitute's door steps.

    Click on this slide show to know why so and the history….

  • +6 See more slides

    Prostitution in some parts of India is still considered sacred and carried out in the name of God. Devdasis practice temple prostitution and are religious whores or servants of god according to the ancient Hindu tradition. A ritual marriage to a deity or a temple is carried out after which the temple dancer service the male devotees of the temple.

    The tradition still continues in certain regions of India, particularly the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Sarah Harris made a documentary called 'Prostitues of God' and brought forth the fact that there are some 23,000 estimated religious prostitutes in Karnataka.

    During Navratras, the sacred idol of Ma Durga is considered to be incomplete without the soil from a prostitute's door steps.

    Click on this slide show to know why so and the history….

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