The Devadasi inhabit the border of two of India’s most progressive states: Maharastra and Karnataka. Despite the legal banning of dedication every year over 5,000 girls continue to be dedicated tot he goddess Yellamma. On the night of the full moon in January, thousands of young girls join in a religious procession to the temple for goddess Yellamma in a remote village of Karnataka. After being dedicated, they are auctioned to the highest bidder and enter the world of prostitution.
Saundatti, Karnataka, India.