Kula Deivam- A Unique Tamil Tradition

Last week I was traveling in and around Tamil Nadu in India. I met my well wisher staying at Srirangam famous for its temples.
During my stay I came to know about one unique feature of Tamil traditional belief about family deity or “kuladeivam”. Indeed quite fascinating.
Whatever information I gathered from my well wisher on the subject matter I would like to share its uniqueness with my blog readers.
Tamil, a classical language of the world is one of the oldest spoken languages on planet earth. Tamil culture has over the centuries evolved several customs and traditions and beliefs that encompass the life of a Tamil from birth to death. The belief on “kuladeivam” is one.
The cultural heritage of Tamil land has been historically more than 2000 years old.
Tamil Nadu is known as Land of Temples. Nearly 33000 ancient temples – many at least 600 to 800 years old, scattered all over the land.
In other words every town and village in Tamil Nadu has at least one temple for worship. There is a proverb in Tamil that says, if you do not find temple do not live in that place.
What is meant by “kuladeivam”?
“Kula deivam” is a time honored family deity in a village worshipped by generations of (paternal hierarchy) the family members and all the family members pay special respect and worship during important occasions like marriage or child birth, marriage anniversary, buying of house, agricultural lands or starting of new ventures and like any other important event that involves the family members’ peace and prosperity. A girl after her marriage starts following and worshipping “kuladeivam of her husband’s family. In short Kuladeivam is a village family deity.
Pictures of my well wisher’s recent visit to their “kuladeivam Deities- of Vamsodharanar and Mangalambigai at Perungaloor, Pudukottai district in Tamil Nadu, India prove a famous quote that “God is a circle whose centre is everywhere and circumference nowhere”
Also I read somewhere that “Faith is dead to doubts, dumb to discouragements, blind to impossibilities”. Do you agree with me?

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