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Lord Karuppaswamy, The Great Guardian God of Hinduism

Updated on September 15, 2011

In many villages of Tamil Nadu in South India people are celebrating this great god, Karuppaswamy, as Guardian God throughout their life. Usually the idols of this god is situated at the entrance of every Hindu temple as security of other gods present in the temples. In legend it is told that Karuppaswamy is the other incarnation of Lord Shiva and He should be given the same importance as given to Lord Shiva. Many hundreds of boothas are coming under the administration of Lord Karuppaswamy and Boothas are also adorned by his devotees. In every Karuppaswamy temple where Karuppaswamy is the prime God we can see gaint bootha statues standing on both sides of the temple. Lord Karuppaswamy has different images such as Muthu Karuppana Swamy, Punugu Karuppana Swamy and Sangili Karuppana Swamy.

Lord Karuppaswamy is considered to be the guardian god of the village where his temple is situated. The villagers believe that god Karuppaswamy scares away evil spirits and protect villagers against evil diseases and ill fortunes but also punishing erring persons. The village guardian gods other than Karuppaswamy are Lord Ayyanar and Lord Madurai Veeran. The statues of these dieties are found at the boundaries of villages. It will be common to find the statue of Lord Karuppaswamy lying on a horse statue. It is also believed that guardian gods like Lord Karuppaswamy will ride around villages on his horse to protect people and faithful devotees. He has a peculiar image by having a big crown made of cloth, big moustache and bright eyes. He is always equipped with a spear and machete to protect His devotees from evil things.

Even today the people are making the sacrifice of animals by killing them in front of his temple. One thing is clear that God never likes the killing of any animal particularly in His province by his name. God loves all living beings equally and He never tells any body to make sacrifice of any other living being by killing them mercilessly. People from village side have to understand this great truth and try to avoid this traditional misdeed. Some intelligent people are making the sacrifice by squeezing lemon fruit and red colored gumgum powder. When we compare it with merciless killing of living beings it can be certainly a likable belief.

On the day of Maha Shivarathri, a major Hindu festival, the various groups of Hindu people will celebrate and pray their prime God including Lord Karuppaswamy. This festival comes on every new moon day of February last week or March first week of every year.

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    satyan7 

    4 years ago

    Hi everyone. Lord Karuppar is one of the greatest God a Hindu would encounter. There are basically 18 sagothargal or brothers(some say 22 as the original). Of these 18, 18am padi Karuppar is the chief or the prime. The other karuppargals call him as "aasan" or "easan". He is the first guru for the other karuppargals. Sanggili karruppan is considered the youngest. Lord Karuppar can be considered as a bhodisattva, whereby he did not want to leave the earth for heaven or deva logam but instead decides to stay closer to human and resolve their problem. He stays in between the heaven and the earth plane. He obtained this boon from goddess aathi parasakthi herself. He himself is from asura kulam. He understands human problems and tendencies way much better. He is a God of justice and righteousness. You would see the results of your prayer fast or sometimes almost instant.

    Now coming to his powers....he is considered to have the combined powers of rudra, narasimha, veerabathran and kaala bhairavar. In the world of magic, that is tantric and mantric, he is feared. Most tantric practice would would usually tie or kattu the victims guardian god before attacking. But in case of 18am padi karuppar, it's impossible. And knowing that he has got other sagothargal to untie whatever magic done unto Him or his bhaktan. Sanggili karruppan, being the youngest is obedient to others....and also to other archetype such as Kaali. In case of sanggili Karuppar, he refers to Kaali as akka and he obeys what the sister says and a bad tantric that is sent through Kaali can easily hit a victim if he just prays to sanggili karruppan. It's not possible in case of 18am padi.

    About animal sacrifice....many thousands of years ago, there were great sages who would sacrifice animals in the Maha yaagam fire. They just throw the animals in fire and retrieve a beautiful baby out. They uplift the karma of the animal in such a way, back in satya yugam. Lord Karuppar is very ancient and he himself have learnt 18 Puranas , sasthras, magic, warfare and others. In this kali yugam, NO sages can ever do what they did in satya yugam, no matter how pure they are. God does not ask for animals but if you give he accepts. What happens is, if an animal gets sacrificed or killed elsewhere, you still get to eat them but the soul is taken by some negative forces around for their own use. If it is sacrificed for lord Karuppar, the flesh is to feed the poor, the soul is elevated to human birth. That's the soul you get if you ask for a child or he uses it for some good purpose. Besides that, the essence of the flesh is blessed and taken by 1 of the brothers(I can't mention His name here) as he is the one who gets his hands dirty by crushing and severing the evil forces. So he needs the heavy meal. Another theory is that, the meats essence is also taken by the boothams who helps to guard or those who does not interfere with lord Karuppar's affairs. After all, Lord Ayappan is the bootha Nathan and 18am padi Karuppar is the General who controls thousand of bootham under him. So, you get to eat, they get to eat and the soul is elevated. I'm not encouraging the animal sacrifice but the things that you see in most temples nowadays,....people tend to do overboard. Sometimes they don't even know who has descended during a trance and happily let the person suck the blood. Anyways, happy reading and happy searching.....SATYAME JAYAM.

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    satyan7 

    4 years ago

    Hi everyone.

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    ratnaveera 

    7 years ago from Cumbum

    Dear Suresh, Welcome to this page and thank you for sharing your valuable thoughts!

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    SURESH 

    7 years ago

    THERE ARE SOME BEINGS CREATED ON THE EARTH TO EAT, IF SOMEONE DONE LIKE ANIMAL SACRIFICE THAT'S FINE BUT LETS NOT CHANGE THE PROCEDURE...IT SOMEONE WANTS TO CHANGE THE PROCEDURE THEN HE/SHE SHOULD BE COMPLETELY A VEGETERIAN....IF PEOPLE PRAY OF SOUMYA ROOPA MUNISHWARAR OR KARUPPU SWAMY THEY OFFER CHUKKA ROTTI AND MILK RICE AND IF IT IS UGRA ROOPA WITH SIGAR LIQUUOR AND ANIMAL SACRIFICE.. NOW ONE HAS TO DECIDED WHAT KIND OF POOJAI HE/SHE IS INTERESTED/FOLLOW..VERY SIMPLE. CHANGING THE PROCEDURE OF ANY POOJAI IS A DAIVA KUTRAM OR NEECHA POOJAI

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    bala kumar 

    7 years ago

    very nice comments of all karuppaswamy is my favorite god thanks to all and also the publisher to publish such great info about my god

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    chandrakumar 

    7 years ago

    iWANT TO KNOW THE MANTRAS FOR LORD KARUPASWAMY

    ANY BODY KNOWS PLS MAIL TO ME

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    ShivaGuru 

    7 years ago

    If anybody is interested in Karuppar at Alagara temple i am willing to furnish this information for your personal investigation Alagar temple Karuppar is PillithiKarupu and on the top of the hill is Rakiamman temple,RAKIAMMAN is the sister of Karuppar.The accual temple of Pillithukaruppar and Rakiamman temple is situated at Siva Gangai.Further info will interest investigation.

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    ROOP 

    7 years ago

    I WANT TO KNOW THE MANTRAS FOR LORD KARUPASWAMY

    ANY BODY KNOWS PLS MAIL TO ME

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    Saravanan 

    8 years ago

    Village_v@yahoo.com /Hi friends any body wants to know about karuppanasamy and muniswarar e.mail me my address

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    Saravanan 

    8 years ago

    The first three karuppar is the form of lord vishnus avatar his names sangili karuppar , chinna karuppar , and periya karuppar. Other 18 avatars are form of lord shiva avatar. It is not simple to build a karuppanasamy temple.lord karuppar don't asks to sacrifice the goat its only for the protect the karuppar temple its for angles takes the blood of goats. Not for karuppar this is true . When u built karuppar temple the most important is to u must keep the peedakal inside the peedakal the andaram to keep the god more power ful .

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    mkrishnan 

    8 years ago

    I have constructed 108 amman temple and lakshmikuberar temple in chennai.In 108 amman temple i built 18 steps Karuupaswamy temple.But statue was broken before installing and second tome also broken after instalation.People told me you have to sacrifice the coat.But i don't want to kill the animal.Now i went to alagar koil 18 steps karuppar and took sand get permission from poosari again i will do instalation function on coming week. People willing to support contact 94440 20084 or mail

    ME rajalakshmikuberatrust@rediffmail.com yrs KRISHNA

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    mahendran 

    8 years ago

    thanks a lot graet sharing :-)

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    Gauthemen 

    9 years ago

    http://music.cooltoad.com/music/song.php?id=424755

    Om shri Karrupana swayiye namaha !

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    Ragu 

    9 years ago

    //Where can i get Lord Karuppanna samy song

    Ans: Here is the link for an excellent song on Karuppanasamy

    http://www.raaga.com/play/?id=30676

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    ratnaveera 

    9 years ago from Cumbum

    Dear Kiru and K.Shankar, Thank you both for visiting here and leaving your nice comments. You can visit my Lord Hanuman Hub at https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/LORD-ANJA Thanks a lot!

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    kiru 

    9 years ago

    superb info bout the great lord karrupu samy guys... can i noe abit more bout the lord hanuman coz im a hanuman devotee..

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    k.shankar(natesan&kaliamurthy) 

    9 years ago

    my family god name is sirai katha ayyanar located in thanjavur palliagraharam best known for its supreme power can u please post this on this page thanks shankar sooliyakootai

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    ratnaveera 

    9 years ago from Cumbum

    Dear Shree and Kannan, I thank you both for reading this hub and your nice comments. Dear Shree best wishes for getting success in your endaveours to build temple for the Lord.

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    Kannan 

    9 years ago

    you have given nice info about my favourite god

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    shree 

    9 years ago

    hi there..i am in the process of building a Lord Karuppar temple in Singapore.

    here is my two cents on sacrifice.God never asked for sacrifice, correct.When you give him chicken,goat,etc,etc what you are in fact giving is offering God the stuff that we like most in a symbolic meaning of i offer in gratitude,the things that i most fancy and like and offer them to you.

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    ratnaveera 

    9 years ago from Cumbum

    Dear Seetha, It's better to go to CD shop to enquire about Lord Karuppaswamy songs.

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    seetha 

    9 years ago

    Where i can get karrpuswamy song, i searched a lot can any one help me

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    ratnaveera 

    9 years ago from Cumbum

    Dear Ganesh, Thanks for visiting here. I also love animals. So, I am strongly against the killing of them in the temples. Really I don't when did this tradition start from.

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    Ganesh Kumar 

    9 years ago

    i love animals a lot....... at the same time i equally love to get struked with our old tradition, but i'm bit confused? i want to know then from where do this sacrifice of animals started from ?????? wud be highly thankful if NE 1 explain me. .

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    ratnaveera 

    10 years ago from Cumbum

    Dear Bala, Thank you for your nice comments!

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    bala 

    10 years ago

    very nice information about god karuppa samy

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    ratnaveera 

    10 years ago from Cumbum

    Dear Trsmd, Thanks for your nice comments !

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    Trsmd 

    10 years ago from India

    very good info about the Security god of villages...

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