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A local goddess popular in Maharashtra and Karnataka. A regional manifestation of Reṇukā, she has an important temple at Saundatti in northern Karnataka, where it has been the custom for young girls to be presented as co-wives (devadāsīs) of Yellammā's husband Jamadagni. Some become prostitutes to the male devotees; the most numerous, however, are the jogammas, many of whom later marry human husbands, and are believed to be auspicious. There is a small group of male transvestites, known as jogappas, who are also married to the god. See also jogtī/jogtīṇ.

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