||The Siva temple at Tiruvottriyur dedicated to Tyagaraja is the temple
within Madras that has the maximum number of inscriptions. The temple
had several Devaradiyar or dancing women. One account mentions 12 in the
Amman shrine alone. Many were wealthy and powerful and instituted puja
services. In 1368 they went on a strike and brought the temple rituals
to a standstill. It was mediated to be resumed twice after. The third
time the king himself had to intervene.
- Pradeep Chakravarthy (‘A powerful mode of communication,’ The Hindu, Aug 16, 2013)