In several sections of Hinduism and Jainism, Kuladevata is a particular deity traditionally worshipped in the family through generations. This ancestral deity is considered the guardian or protecting figure of the lineage. People believed this deity was the Kuldeva (god) or Kuldevi (goddess).
The tradition of Worshipping Kuladevata
The worship or praying rituals of Kuladevata or Kuladevi hold at most prominence in the family tradition. It is customary for the families to worship the Kuladevata at every Dharmik Karya ( religious activity) and auspicious events, for instance, Lagna, Havan, Upanayana, and more.
The male child in a family takes the responsibility to carry the traditions accordingly and further pass them on to the next generation. However, in modern families, the female child worships her Kuladevata or Ishta dev even after marriage.
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At times, the families also build a pilgrimage or Temple dedicated to the Kuladevata or Kuladevi to obtain the deity’s blessings regularly. The system of worshipping Kuladev seems to be more prevalent among the brahmins and Kshatriyas of Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Goa, primarily in the Konkani Saraswat families and Daivajna Brahmin clans.
People believe their Kuladev or Kuladevi protects them from any life obstacle, poor time, and evil effects in life.
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