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Kandhasamy

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Kandhasamy is a deity worshiped by the Kanda tribe, who primarily reside in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. He is considered to be a powerful guardian who can protect the tribe from natural disasters, evil spirits, and other dangers. The worship of Kandhasamy typically involves elaborate rituals, including the offering of animal sacrifices and the use of sacred music and dance.

Story/Legend:

According to legend, Kandhasamy is the son of Lord Shiva and the goddess Parvati. He was born to protect the Kanda tribe from various threats, including natural disasters and enemy attacks. The story goes that when the Kanda tribe was facing a severe drought, Kandhasamy appeared before them and dug a well, which provided them with water.

Religious Aspect:

Kandhasamy is worshiped as a deity by the Kanda tribe, who consider him to be their protector and guardian. The worship of Kandhasamy is deeply rooted in the tribal culture of Tamil Nadu, and it involves a mix of Hindu and animistic beliefs.

Description:

Kandhasamy is depicted as a warrior, wearing a headdress made of peacock feathers and carrying a spear or a trident. He is also sometimes depicted riding a peacock or a rooster. His image is often found in shrines located in forests or on mountain tops, and he is worshiped with offerings of animal sacrifices, flowers, and food.

Cultural Importance:

The worship of Kandhasamy is an important part of the culture of the Kanda tribe, and it reflects their connection to the natural world and their dependence on it for survival. The deity is seen as a symbol of strength, courage, and protection, and he is believed to bring good fortune and prosperity to his devotees.

Festivals:

The Kanda tribe celebrates several festivals throughout the year in honor of Kandhasamy. One of the most important festivals is the Kanda Sashti, which is celebrated in the Tamil month of Aippasi (October/November). During this festival, devotees offer prayers and perform elaborate rituals to seek the blessings of Kandhasamy.

Conclusion:

Kandhasamy is a deity worshiped by the Kanda tribe in Tamil Nadu. He is considered to be a powerful guardian who can protect the tribe from natural disasters, evil spirits, and other dangers. The worship of Kandhasamy reflects the deep connection of the Kanda tribe to the natural world, and it is an important part of their cultural identity.

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FAQs:

Q: Is Kandhasamy worshiped only by the Kanda tribe? A: Yes, Kandhasamy is primarily worshiped by the Kanda tribe in Tamil Nadu.

Q: What are some of the rituals performed during the worship of Kandhasamy? A: The worship of Kandhasamy involves the offering of animal sacrifices, flowers, and food, as well as the use of sacred music and dance.

Q: What is the significance of Kandhasamy riding a peacock or a rooster? A: Kandhasamy is often depicted riding a peacock or a rooster, which are both considered to be symbols of strength and protection in Hindu mythology.

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