Nagarvadhu

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Vasantasenā; by Raja Ravi Varma

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.[1] The most beautiful woman was chosen as the Nagarvadhu.

A Nagarvadhu was respected like a queen, but in fact she was a courtesan; people could see her dance and sing.[2] 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.

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