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Is devi dasi the same as temple prostitutes devidasi?

I read where Prabhupada said unmarried women were like prostitutes, and as Devidasi are known as temple prostitutes in India, so did he expect unmarried Iskcon women to do that?


Devadasis were dancers-servants of the Deity, e.g. in Jagannath mandir in Puri, mentioned also in Caitanya caritamrta. The prostitution thing in some temples was a degradation, later abolished by the British.
Unmarried women should either marry or become perfect renunciates like Gangamata Gosvamini.

Hari Hari
ys Jan