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Sri Kamatchi Devi

Sri Athikkottai Kamatchi Amman is my Kuladevata or Kuladeivam. For those of you who do not know what that means, here's a simple description...
 
Kuladevata or Kuladeivam

For purposes of worship the Hindu has three principal deities.The first is the Gramadevata (the god of the village or town), the second the Kuladevata (deity of his or her family or Gotra), and the third the Ishtadevata (personal deity). Of these the first two are fixed for him at birth and the third he selects for himself from the many deities of the Hindu pantheon.

Worship of the Gramadevata is generally performed in the temple of the village or the town in which the person resides. One goes to the temple on occasions, where he offers prayers along with flowers or fruits. Once or twice a year a festival is held in honor of the Gramadevata in which all the villagers take part and on this occasion there are the usual pageants and processions, dances and music. Worship of the Kuladevata is generally performed daily in the family home shrine dedicated to this deity.

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