Protection and Justice
Statue of Madurai Veeran at the Sri Maha Muneeswarar Temple, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur
|Affiliation||Born to one of army man origin|
|Weapon||Sword / Aruvaal|
|Region||Madurai, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, the Caribbean, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, Srilanka|
|Consort||Bommi and Vellaiyammal|
Madurai Veeran (Tamil: மதுரை வீரன், lit. 'Warrior of Madurai', also known as Veeran) is a Tamil folk deity popular in southern Tamil Nadu, India. His name was derived as a result of his association with the city of Madurai as a protector of the city. His worship is also popular amongst the Telugu diaspora.
The folklore is that Madurai was troubled by bandits and the pandyan king ordered Veeran to resist. Veeran then met Vellaiyammal, a royal danseuse, who was attracted to him because of his looks and skill in various arts. She asked him to teach her the Natya Shastra (tenets of dancing).
Pandya king, who was himself attracted to Vellaiyammal, did not appreciate this development and viewed this as an affair. Some of his generals, who hated the closeness of Veeran to the king, used the opportunity to inform pandyan king that the delay in suppressing the robbers was deliberate as Veeran was conniving with the robbers themselves. Furious, pandyan king ordered a traitor's death for Veeran, who was taken to the gallows and had his limbs chopped off. Hearing of this, Bommi and Vellaiyammal attend the gallows to see the severed limbs and chastise pandyan king for his injustice.
The legend says that Veeran is brought back to life by the virtues of both these women and is vindicated by the presence of gods. Veeran, thereafter retires to a cave beneath what is now Meenakshiamman Temple.
A shrine was later erected at the east gate of Meenakshiamman Temple by Pandyan king. The story persists through the singing of songs and street theatre.
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