Kulasekhara Perumal, the ruler of Kerala in the 9th century AD dedicated his own daughter to the Srirangam temple. So it was not uncommon for maidens from royal or even Brahmin families to become devadasis.

Manudev, the king of Vaishali, belonging to the illustrious Lichchavi clan of the confederacy, desired to possess the courtesan Amrapali after he saw her dance performance in the city.

In the Silappadikaram, the Alliyam is a dance performed by Krishna after disposing off the treacherous devices of Kamsa.

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