Madhurai Veeran is known as Kollu (Family) Divam , or simply a guardian
angel. He is the Watchman of the MariAmman Koil. To many, across South
India, Maharastra and the world, he is considered an ancestral deity. He
is also known by many other names, for example in Maharastra State he is
known as Kandhoba, an avatar of Lord Shiva.
In Tamil Nadu, our ancestral land, Madhurai Veeran is a village god and
a Tamil folk deity. His name suggests an association with the city of
Madurai and a warrior in the past and was known as the hero of Madhurai.
In ancient Tamilakam, Madurai Veeran was a great warrior who lived
during the period when the Nayaks ruled certain parts of Tamil Nadu.
Over the centuries, many stories of his life have been transmitted by
oral tradition, creating the myth. People of rural Tamil Nadu admired
him and worship him as a deity. His consorts are Bommi and Vellaiyammal.
According to these legends, Madurai Veeran was the son of a King, but
was brought up by a poor wood cutterís family who found him after being
abandoned as a bad luck child in forest by the kingsís men. When he grew
up, Veeran's bravery and talent earned him a chance to enter the army as
a Commander. But his misfortune made him to fall by his own law which he
enforced to eradicate the robbers from the country.
His enemies, by their cunning plot, made the king to believe that he was
also one of the robbers and must be punished. The king who was already
jealous of Madurai Veeran sentenced him to mutilation, by having a hand
and a leg removed. Madurai Veeran accepted death after receiving a
vision from the Devi to do so. Later the King realized that Madurai
Veeran was innocent and regretted his act.
Madhurai Veeran was also an ardent devotee of the Devi, upon his
passing, he was granted saint hood in heaven. His primary role there was
the guardian of the Minachiís Amman temple. He was granted a boon by the
Devi that he would have the powers to satisfy wishes made by devotees.
The Devi said that when doing her puja that a part of any offering made
to her must first be given to Madhurai Veera Sami.
Research based on Madhurai Veeran Kathai, and Criminal gods and Demon
Story adopted from the 1956 Film Madhurai Veeran