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:

  1. Those deities against the sky look very graceful.

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  2. 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!

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

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

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

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  6. Ramakrishnan
    Every village we cross there would be karupusamy temple.

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

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

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

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

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  11. Chitra, your photography is too good!

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

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  13. 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

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

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  15. Thanks for posting these lovely pictures.

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  16. 'the Chair Speaks'
    Thanks a lot

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

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  18. Lovely pictures indeed, Chitra:)

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

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  21. Superb snaps Chitra.. Loved seeing them ..!

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  22. 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!

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

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

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  24. 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.

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  25. 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.

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  26. that horse is extremely amazing!

    kisses,

    http://www.ohmydior.org/

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

    @OMD
    thanks a lot. hugs..

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