Most of the Devdasis however, have relationship with one patron (called Maliks or masters). At times, they are married to their patrons, which of course is illegal. The marriage does not have any legal sanctity as most of the patrons are already married or enter into a legal marriage with social approval of communities. Most of the community dedications in Belgaum district initially used to take place at Yellamma Temples of Saundatti and Kokatnoor in Belgaum District. After enacting of the Act, dedications have shifted to inconspicuous village temples or to homes to escape policing.
Though many of the Devdasis have been mainstreamed, a few are still continuing covertly with commercial sex activities. In Modern times, dedication to the Goddess or God is justified on the following grounds:
- .If the parents were childless, they vowed to dedicate their first child if it happened to be girl.
- If there were no sons in the family, the girl child was dedicated and could not marry as she becomes a ‘son’ for the family (earning the family’s livelihood).
Yet another economic reason contributed to the dedications. If the girl’s family had some property, the family ensured that it stayed within the family by turning the girl into ‘son’ by dedicating her.