Aiyanar is a non vedic deity of South Tamil nadu and Kerala (Ayyapan) who has been accepted in the Hindu pantheon during the post Sangam period. Ayya(n) is Tamil word which is used to describe Father, Brother or a village priest or any one of importanace.Aiyanar also guards Lord Muneeswarar and is known as a Kaaval Dheivam.
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