Thursday, June 14, 2012

Karuppana Swamy Koil,-, the village deity, Sivaganga, Tamil Nadu

Karuppanna Swamy is a deity worshipped in rural areas of Kerala and Tamil Nadu and  if you travel through the villages of Tamil Nadu you'll find huge colorful statues of this deity in each and and every village with a sword or a club in hand, riding a horse. The villagers adore and respect this deity a lot as they believe he is the one who protects them.
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karuppu_Sami.

here are some photos I captured recently.


38 comments:

Mridula said...

Those deities against the sky look very graceful.

Anuradha Shankar said...

have always wanted to take pics of these... and as i understand.. there are quite a few of them, and each with their own story... wish i knew more about them!

chitra said...

thanks Mridula..

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Nice colorful charming images of the temple. Find them everywhere in rural areas of the State.

....Petty Witter said...

Wonderful to have a post devoted to these deities. I'm in awe of how colourful most of them are.

chitra said...

Anu,
yes, there are many fascinating stories and and there are many rituals to appease these village Gods.

chitra said...

Ramakrishnan
Every village we cross there would be karupusamy temple.

chitra said...

Thanks PW.These deities are usually huge and painted with bright colours.

Martina said...

Dear Chitra, it's amazing to see all the temples you visit! Hope your day is fun and lovely!

chitra said...

Hi Martina,
Long time..shall visit you soon. take care

R. Ramesh said...

how nice and serene..super boss.and thanks chitra..will b in chennai in august..tc.wishes

ashok said...

Chitra, your photography is too good!

sm said...

beautiful pics

chitra said...

Ramesh-thanks a lot.
Ashok...So happy to hear that compliment
sm, thanks to you also..

Insignia said...

I have seen such statues with a mustache deity riding horse on village entrance whenever I have traveled around TN. They have tales behind them as well. Good pics Chitra ma'am

chitra said...

Thanks Bindu
I am sure you would have.Yes, the deity sports big moustache..

The Chair Speaks said...

Thanks for posting these lovely pictures.

chitra said...

'the Chair Speaks'
Thanks a lot

P.N. Subramanian said...

Beautiful post. For quite some time I have been trying to understand the cult strongly affiliated to Ayyanars.

Bikramjit said...

thank you for sharing :)


Bikram's

Rahul Bhatia said...

Lovely pictures indeed, Chitra:)

chitra said...

PNS...I also do not know much about the same.

chitra said...

Bikram..thanks a lot

chitra said...

Rahul Bhatia- thanks a lot.

Amrit said...

Great pictures Chitra !!

chitra said...

Amrit, thanks a lot.

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Sridharan said...

Superb snaps Chitra.. Loved seeing them ..!

R. Ramesh said...

Hi ji:)

Vaish said...

I love these kind of god statues that we see in the villages. I've often seen Ayyanar and ellai amma, but not karupanna samy! Your pictures are nice!

chitra said...

Sridharan- thanks a lot. seems you are also very busy these days..

chitra said...

Ramesh- Hi friend . thanks fir the visit.

Vaish - thanks a lot. This temple , I think is a pretty new one and the cloudy sky made the pics beautiful.
I am yet to identify Ayyanar and ellaimma.I would ask some one. Would have seen it also.

Arti said...

Very beautiful pictures. I absolutely love walking along with you to places of pilgrimage. Many Thanks for another wonderful of my armchair temple visits once again.

Oh my Dior said...

that horse is extremely amazing!

kisses,

http://www.ohmydior.org/

chitra said...

@Arti,
thanks a lot. Waiting for your posts:)

@OMD
thanks a lot. hugs..

R. Ramesh said...

hi as usual haha:)

chitra said...

Ramesh :))

Sridharan said...

Kind of too tied up with work.. Chitra.. But catch up with viewing the posts..