Muniandi – The Saint God
Muniandi, also popularly known as MuniappanMunisamy, is a Hindu deity and is regarded as an aspect of Shiva. The name MuniandiMuniandi
Muniandi, also popularly known as MuniappanMunisamy, is a Hindu deity and is regarded as an aspect of Shiva. is a conjugation of two words “muni” and “andi”. The word “muni” means “saint” and “andi” means “ruler or king”. Hence, the name Muniandi translates to “chief or king of saints”. The deity is considered to have the seven saint forms or Munisnamely Muttaiyar Muni, ChinnaMuttaiyar Muni, Raja Muni or Nondi Muni, Jada Muni, Poo Muni, Sem Muni and Vaal Muni. That is why, Muniandi is also known as Sapta Muni which in Sanskrit literally translates to “the seven saints”. However, it is also sometimes believed that Muniandi has nine forms and is, therefore, also known as Nava Muni which means “the nine saints”. The Munis are believed to be always at service for ShivaShiva
Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ... and are the protector of Shakti. Muniandi is one of the most popular and important deities of India, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Malaysia, and is revered and worshipped with great devotion and passion.
Muniandi is usually depicted as a man with saint like features portraying simplicity. The deity is portrayed to be clad in very simple clothes. Muniandi generally carries a trident, a mace, a sword and a sickle with him. He is generally shown to be seated in a yogic posture. Some other depictions of the deity show him in the collective form of either the seven or the nine saints.
Worship, Beliefs and Significance
Muniandi is usually worshipped in three different forms. In the first form, he is worshipped as a tree, especially banyan, fig or Palmyra trees which are considered sacred by the people of the South Indian community. In the second form, Muniandi is worshipped as a stone. In this form he is worshipped as a stone made of one or three bricks and is adorned with saffron and sandalwood paste and sacred ash. In the third form, he is worshipped in the form of a statue or idol with proper depiction of the deity in either collectively single or multiple forms. Most often only the male members of the family are allowed to worship the deity. Mostly the eldest son of a family worships the god and offers various items like cigar, liquor and non vegetarian food served on a banana leaf. The male member is also supposed to perform an animal sacrifice for the deity. Many people, however, only offer vegetarian items to the deity and stick to only simple ceremonies and rituals for worshipping Muniandi. Muniandi symbolizes great knowledge, wisdom and honor.