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It seems that when Madurai Veeran is depicted without his consorts, he is identified as “Veeranar”. He is always depicted with a sword and most often it is an aruval. This is Rajinikanth’s weapon of choice in Annaatthe in which he wields the aruval throughout. According to Karthikeyan Damodaran and Hugo Gorringe, this weapon has been identified as a signifier of caste (Thevar) pride in recent Tamil cinema and there is a genre known as the Madurai Formula film or the 3M film where the Ms are murder, mayhem and madurai. While Annaatthe does not quite fit with this genre, the prominence of the aruval in Annaatthe, and its symbolism, intended or otherwise, can not be ignored.

See also


Rajinikanth’s Political Entry
Thani Vazhi (தனி வழி)
Who is Kaala dada?
Who is Rajinikanth Dada?
Abhimanyu Sir
Thalaivaa!!
Yar Nee Ayah?
Kaala Karikaalan
A Post-Traditional Polity?
Rajinikanth Glows Saffron
Gaikwad cries Jai Bhim

Image: https://muniveeran.blogspot.com/2010/07/madurai-veeran-tamil-maturai-viran-lit.html
https://journals.openedition.org/samaj/4359

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In a Rajinikanth movie the star always plays two roles simultaneously, that of the particular character of the present movie and that of the transcendent Superstar. There is a layered semiotics in which, while the character is signified within the narrative realm, the Superstar is always indexed at a higher order signification. In the recently released film, Annaatthe this layering of the lead character Kaliyan and the Superstar, brought into high relief by the co-presence two of his former leading ladies, Meena (Muthu, 1995) and Khushboo (Mannan 1992), is complicated by the iconography of theGrama Deivam (village guardian) Madurai Veeran. If Kaliyan’s love interest is Pattu, played by Nayanthara, the Superstar’s true consorts in Annaatthe are Meena and Kushbu, both! This polygamous imagery derives, no doubt from deep Tamil tradition -Madurai Veeran is always depicted with his two consorts Vellaiammal and Bommi.

Image: https://www.indiaglitz.com/superstar-rajinikanth-annaatthe-theatrical-rights-annaatthe-diwali-release-red-giant-movies-udhayanidhi-stalin-sun-pictures-nayanthara-keerthy-suresh-news-299287

See also


Rajinikanth’s Political Entry
Thani Vazhi (தனி வழி)
Who is Kaala dada?
Who is Rajinikanth Dada?
Abhimanyu Sir
Thalaivaa!!
Yar Nee Ayah?
Kaala Karikaalan
A Post-Traditional Polity?
Rajinikanth Glows Saffron
Gaikwad cries Jai Bhim

https://www.tamilnadutourism.com/madurai/temples/madurai-veeran.php
IMAGE: https://mobile.twitter.com/veerarvamsam/with_replies

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The tutelary deity featured in Rajinikanth’s upcoming film Annaatthe is the Grama Deivam (village guardian) Madurai Veeran. Throughout the trailer the Superstar wields the aruval, a south Indian billhook (a cross between a sickle and a machete), which is a weapon in the iconography of Madurai Veeran. According to Preethi Zachariah the aruval is used to clear fields, collect firewood, to crack coconuts, and also in the worship of other Kaval Deivam (tutelary deities) like Karuppu Swamy and Ayyanar.

As happyhindu notes, Madurai Veeran is worshipped in an agricultural context “to ward off disasters affecting crops, cattle, and illnesses.” He is the protector of agricultural people and their lands as, it seems, is Kalaiayyan, Rajinikanth’s avatar in Annaatthe, who rides “a Royal Enfield bike, wearing a helmet and earphones, an aruval dangling from the bike.”

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The Boss is Back 9
Rajinikanth’s Political Entry
Thani Vazhi (தனி வழி)
Who is Kaala dada?
Who is Rajinikanth Dada?
Abhimanyu Sir
Thalaivaa!!
Yar Nee Ayah?
Kaala Karikaalan
A Post-Traditional Polity?
Rajinikanth Glows Saffron
Gaikwad cries Jai Bhim

Image: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyVX8g71TGo&ab_channel=SunTV
https://lifestyle.livemint.com/news/big-story/is-the-thiruppachethi-aruval-a-tool-or-a-weapon-111633679832798.html
https://www.tamilbrahmins.com/members/happyhindu.3407/

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The Annaatthe official trailer is out and it is clear that the avenging aspect of Rajinikanth’s persona is modeled on the fierce Grama Deivam or village deity of non-Brahmanical rural Dravidian theism. In the trailer, as the Superstar threateningly vows to sacrifice his foe to his deity, he is shown in prayer before an icon of Madurai Veera Saamy. Madurai Veeran or Hero of Madurai is said to have been a warrior of low caste who was appointed to high military office in the Pandian empire and then and executed by dismemberment on the order the King in an honour killing for transgressing caste boundaries in his lovemaking. Following this, both Madurai Veeran’s faithful wife and his high caste lover committed suicide. To pacify the spirits of Madurai Veeran and his consorts, the King deified him in a shrine built on the grounds of the great Meenakshi Amman temple.

See also


Rajinikanth’s Political Entry
Thani Vazhi (தனி வழி)
Who is Kaala dada?
Who is Rajinikanth Dada?
Abhimanyu Sir
Thalaivaa!!
Yar Nee Ayah?
Kaala Karikaalan
A Post-Traditional Polity?
Rajinikanth Glows Saffron
Gaikwad cries Jai Bhim

https://www.tamilnadutourism.com/madurai/temples/madurai-veeran.php

https://www.newindianexpress.com/magazine/2010/jul/18/the-story-of-madurai-veeran-170895.html