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A male or female family (kula) or clan deity; although sometimes referred to as a ‘chosen deity’ (iṣṭa-devatā), such deities are more tied to the family house or home (kula) than to the specific members of the family. They may be pan-Indian gods, such as Bhairava or Gaṇeśa, or more local in origin.

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