Tantric/Sanskrit term similar in content to the Near Eastern/European concept of the
ritual prostitute. A passage in the Niruttara Tantra takes
pains to state that the veshya are not
common prostitutes - who are known by
the same name - but are so called only because of the independence they have in common.
An elaborate exposition and classification of such women is given in chapter 14 of the
Kula inspired Niruttara. The text also defines the types veshya for us,
in general, as a woman
who, at the sight of articles for worship, desires sexual intercourse.
[Banerjee, S. C. A Brief History of Tantra Literature. Calcutta, 1988. p.267] The names of the seven different types and some of their characteristics are as follows:
The are different explanations for some of these names, and one such set is given in connection with the Deva Chakra.
Another type of veshya, not mentioned in the Niruttara, is the veshya kumarika or virgin harlot of the Kumari puja.