In South India, the influence of Natya Sastra on sculpture can be seen in the depiction of karanas in Brihadeeswara temple at Tanjore based on descriptions and performances. This was repeated in the temples of Sarangapani at Kumbakonam, eastern and northern gopurams of Nataraja temple at Chidambaram and the gopuram at Thiruvannamalai temple, all belonging to 12th to 14th centuries. In the North, the Kirti stambha of Chittoor, and many temples in Orissa depict the same trend. It is probably sometime during this period that the temples employed dancers and made dance a part of the rituals.
(Kapila Vatsyayan, Indian Classical Dance)

In Tamil Nadu, those who danced in Siva temples were called devadasis; those who performed dance recitals in the king`s court were called rajadasis, and those who gave dance performances in festivals elsewhere came to be known as sevadasis.

Kerala history has many examples of beautiful and attractive ladies of the devadasi sect being accepted as consorts by kings. It is said that devadasis Cherukarakkuttatti, Kandiyiu Tevitichi Unni and others had been queens.

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