Nagarvadhu or Nagar Vadhu (ನಗರ ವಧು) ("bride of the city") was a tradition followed in some parts of ancient India.
Women competed to win the title of a Nagarvadhu, and it was not considered a taboo. The most beautiful woman was chosen as the Nagarvadhu.
A Nagarvadhu was respected like a queen or Goddess, but in fact she was a courtesan or prostitute; people could see her dance and sing. A Nagarvadhu's price for a single night's dance was very high, and she was only within the reach of the very rich – the king, the princes, and the lords.
- Amrapali, state courtesan and Buddhist disciple, described in Vaishali Ki Nagarvadhu by Acharya Chatursen
- Vasantasenā, a character in the classic Sanskrit story of Mricchakatika, written in the 2nd century BC by Sudraka
- Spectrum lead article, The Sunday Tribune, Dec 24, 2000
- "~viktor/wisdom/osho/marriage". phys.uni-sofia.bg. Retrieved 2014-02-09.
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