Which God Is This?

#1 Aug 4th, 2010, 15:16
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I would be grateful if someone could please identify this :
Village God

Seen on the outskirts of villages in the Cauvery Delta.

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#2 Aug 4th, 2010, 18:05
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It is Kali.

Evidence: Thrishul in the Right hand and Bangle in both the hands

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Must be Kaali or Kali(Goddess Parvati). There are hundreds of different names to her across the villages in india and usually she is worshipped as the village deity.
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i think... its a male avatar of kali.
trishul in one hand + begging-bowl in the other could also = shiva.
third possibility - some tantric form.

interesting to see - they have not painted the face... except for the lips.
i see the deity as a male.
... then again, whenever have i been correct about anything




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Originally Posted by brishti View Post i think... its a male avatar of kali.
trishul in one hand + begging-bowl in the other could also = shiva.
third possibility - some tantric form.

interesting to see - they have not painted the face... except for the lips.
i see the deity as a male.
... then again, whenever have i been correct about anything

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You might be right actually. Other than the bangles, there is nothing which makes it look like female form. My other guess is "Virabhadra" who was materialized by Shiva, but he is usually depicted with several arms and weapons. Could be some tantric form as well.
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Whereabouts did you take the photo, snonymous? There is a cult of Kali in Tamil Nadu as well as a village called Kali:

http://www.kalivillage.com/
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I would say it is a male God. Large ears and face structure point in that direction. Most likely, it is Shiva. The snake kind of background wall and the shivaling in one hand (differ here with begging bowl) points to Shiva. Lastly, clear impression in the middle of the forehead (where an eye in form of gem etc could have been there), indicates it is most likely Shiva Idol.
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She carries a trident & a bowl, has protruding fangs and wild hair. My guess is Māri, very prominent in rural TM.


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Māri is generally portrayed in the sitting or standing position, often holding a trident (trisula) in one hand and a bowl (kapala) in the other.
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She may be represented with two demeanors—one displaying her pleasant nature, and the other her terrifying aspect, with fangs and a wild mane of hair.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariamman
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Maariamman.
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Originally Posted by abracax View Post Maariamman.
And there goes my effort of identifying gods .....I will just say to Maariamman.... Bhavano ko samjho
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Hi Snonymous,

Did you saw , this deity's legs are over a man and her hands are inside a Woment's Womb Getting a child out. Then this deity is called as "Periyachi". Being from Delta Region, i can just by seeing the black sarie think it's Periyachi only.

It's a Gory form of Goddess Parvati and in Delta Region , mostly Iyyanar && Periyachi Statues will co-exist in many of the temples in the old Thanjavur District [ Now Thiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Thanjavur Districts].


Pls. confirm.
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Here is a full size.

I saw this in two places in the Delta, along with Iyyanar and 7 Kannigal but this particular form was always separate on the side. Maari Amman is different.

More likely to be Periyachi as Velu says, and certainly very macabre. Ultimately all Godesses emanate from Kali according to me.

Here is one more from a different location, also in the Delta:


I am very interested in learning more about this so please keep adding info.

Thank you very much

PS: Velu, I did not notice the detail, as you can see the first photo is fully covered and the second is just half an idol, but will surely look whenever I see anything like this again.
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Muneeswaran also carries a trident but this deity has a sari wrapped around it. May be a female deity.
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Snonymous, this is unfair, had you provided a full picture beforehand, I would have at least been able to differentiate between male and female....would have been good for whatever little pride I have in myself
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Doesn't Periyachi have eight arms only?

Mariamman wears yellow( I see yellow on this idol, Check) & She can be depicted with two arms, and carries a trishul & a bowl in those arms. Check! She is also often represented with only head & shoulders, the village being her body. Check!


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Sometimes she is represented only by a head on the soil, indicating her body is the village and she is rooted in the soil of the village. The villagers live inside or upon the body of the goddess. The goddess protects the village and is the guardian of the village boundaries. Outside the village there is no protection from the goddess.
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As mentioned in doctrines, the goddess may be represented by only a head on the ground, as her body is the village. To protect the village, shrines and symbols of the goddess are often placed at the boundaries of the village. These symbols are usually simple, rough, unhewn stones, five or six inches high and blackened with anointing oil, or there may be a stone pillar. If there are shrines these will often be crude simple structures. Mariamman's colour is yellow and sometimes a stone is adorned with a yellow dress, only a small part of bare stone emerging at the top. Sometimes there is only a spear or trident thrust in the ground in place of the goddess-stones. In larger villages a slab of stone may be carved with a rough figure of a woman, who may have four, six, or eight arms, or none at all, and the arms hold various implements such as a knife, a shield, a drum, a bell, a devil's head, and a three-pronged fork. It is common to have a fixed stone image in the shrine and to use a small portable metal image in processions. Mariamman can be represented as riding naked on an ass with a winnow on her head and a broom and water-pot in her hands. Sometimes there is no image and the goddess is represented by a brass pot of water decorated with nim leaves. The nim tree is sacred to Mariamman. In poor villages an earthenware pot is used.

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