The earliest court cases involving devadasis appear in the 1860's –mostly petty grievances with temple management over the devadasis' temple grants and their selection rights regarding new devadasis. (Part III, "Devadasis – outlawed as harlots", Page 16, Hinduism Today, Dec 1993).

Unlike the rich temple sculptures, which form the structures of traditions like Bharatanatyam and Odissi, there is not much of a tradition of temple sculpture in Sattriya.

Since a ruler could not ascend the throne unless he had mastered Chhau and was proficient in the art form, the royal princes of Seraikella were always accomplished dancers and also the chief patrons of the Chhau dance.

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