The word 'devadasi' means servant of god. But for those who are called by that name, it has a dark connotation.


Why We Are Here

In southern India, many poor people at the bottom of the Hindu religious caste system live in dread of a goddess called Yellamma. One of the ways they try to appease her is to dedicate their daughters to her service as temple prostitutes — devadasis.

A girl, usually about 13 or 14 years old, is brought to the temple and ceremonially married to the goddess’s idol. Forbidden to marry anyone else, she is now a devadasi. A wealthy man can pay extra for the right to deflower her, and afterward she becomes public property, duty-bound to satisfy the lust of any man who pays. With no social security system, she will likely dedicate any children she has into temple prostitution to support her in her old age, creating a cycle that can last for generations.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

At Caring Hands, our mission is to reach the women and children trapped by the devadasi system, giving families better futures through the power of Jesus Christ.