As my ponderings and observances continue, I have always wondered how each of state of India seems to be more loyal to a particular Hindu God. For those, who are unaware, Hinduism has a lot of Gods and Goddesses.
Some of them are:
and many other Gods and Goddesses. Each God may also be referred by different names across India as well. The mythological stories surrounding the Gods will also vary across India. For example, in Tamil Nadu, Lord Ganesh is considered to be the first son and Lord Karthikeya is considered to be the second son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Which state is loyal to which God?
As I have observed, each of the Southern states seem to favour a particular God( which is not to say that the other Gods are not revered)
In Tamil Nadu – we have ‘Tamizh Kadavul’ Murugan (or Lord Karthikeya) though we can see little idols of Lord Ganesh adorning every little nook and corner too
In Karnataka – Lord Hanuman (every nook and corner in the state will have a little idol of Lord Hanuman)
In Kerala – I have visited Kerala only two or three times and I think Kerala might be favoring Lord Aiyappa (Sabarimala temple) and Lord Krishna
I am not too sure about Andhra Pradesh and Telangana – but I think they may be favoring Lord Narasimha more than other Gods
Maharashtra may be favoring Lord Ganesh more than any other God
Similarly, I think most of North India may be favoring Lord Ram and Lord Shiva
In West Bengal , I think Goddess Durga might be more revered than other Gods
In Odisha, Lord Jagannath might be revered more than other Gods
Why does this happen?
The only reason why it may be so, is because of the religious significance attached to each place. For example, one of Hanuman’s birthplaces is said to be in Hampi, Karnataka. Similarly, there are a lot of stories attached to Lord Karthikeya and his six homes(aaru padai veedu) in Tamil Nadu.
I am sure all other places have their own mythological tales which creates the God for the place.
What are your thoughts? Do you think each state in India is more loyal to a particular God?
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