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A very popular South Indian tutelary goddess or grāmadevatā, particularly associated with smallpox. She appears in a similar, or identical form in most of the villages across the region; because of her fearsome nature, she is considered to be a manifestation of Durgā (a fierce form of the great Goddess, Devī). Her annual festivals, such as that at Samayapuram in Tamil Nadu, attract tens of thousands of devotees.

Subjects: Hinduism.

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