The Women Dancers of Siṃhāchalam Temple: An Epigraphic Perspective ( 13 – 15 centuries)
Sabarni Pramanik Nayak
Assistant Professor, Maharaja Nanda Kumar College
Early medieval Indian temples had a wide range of temple service groups- both male and female. The temple authority did not exercise equal right on all of them, collectively or individually. While there were a large number of men who supplied the services and goods required in the temple from outside, women were generally involved in the daily activities involving utility and rituals and were not the suppliers of any commodity except when they donated themselves.