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MUNIANDI - As updated in Wikipedia by Sharmalan Thevar during January 2011
MUNIANDI - As updated in Wikipedia by Sharmalan Thevar during January 2011

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 As updated in Wikipedia during January 2011
By Sharmalan Thevar
is a regional Tamil guardian deity. The deity Muniandi refers tothe Munis worshipped by the Tamil people. Muni refers to a class of guardian deities which are classified as Siva Gana. They are servants of the Supreme God Siva and his female half Sakthi. The Munis could referto former warriors, kings or sages who achieved the status of a Muni aftertheir human death. Some of the Munis worshipped were created as Munisand did not go through the human life cycle.The Munis are worshipped as Guardian Deity (Kaval Deivam), FavouriteDeity (Ishta Deivam) and Family Deity (Kula Deivam). Muniandi is alsoknown as Muniappan, Aandiappan, Munisamy and Muniswaran.
 Reference in Kandar Shashti Kavasam
However, not all Munis are known to have good nature. Some are evil in nature.The famous Kandar Shashti Kavasam by Devaraya Swamigal contains thefollowing verses:
 paarka paarka paavam podipada
billi soonyam perumpahai ahala
valla bootham valaashtihap peihal 
allal paduthum adangaa muniyum
 pillaihal thinnum puzhakadai muniyum
kollivaayp peihalum kuralaip peihalum
 penkalai thodarum bramaraa chatharum
adiyanaik kandaal alari kalangida.
 Please see and see that my sins are powdered,Let the black magic and great enmity go away,Let great devils and those who shake their tails,Let the uncontrollable Muni, which creates problems,Let the back yard Muni which eats babies,Let the ghosts with fire in their mouth,Let the ghosts which steal my speech,And let the Brahma Rakshasas which follow ladies,Run away screaming when they see me.
Reference in Rig Veda
According to Rig Veda, the Munis are trained in various magic arts and believedto be capable of supernatural feats. They were particularly associated with Rudra(Siva), a deity who is also connected with mountains and storms and morefeared than loved. The following is based on the translation of the Rig Veda byRalph T.H. Griffith in 1896,
HYMN CXXXVI. Kesins. 1. HE with the long loose locks supports Agni, andmoisture, heaven, and earth:He is all sky to look upon: he with long hair is called this light.2 The Munis, girdled with the wind, wear garments soiled of yellow hue.They, following the wind's swift course go where the Gods have gonebefore.3 Transported with our Munihood we have pressed on into the winds:You therefore, mortal men. behold our natural bodies and no more.4 The Muni, made associate in the holy work of every God,Looking upon all varied forms flies through the region of the air.
5 The Steed of Vata, Vayu's friend, the Muni, by the Gods impelled,In both the oceans hath his home, in eastern and in western sea.6 Treading the path of sylvan beasts, Gandharvas, and Apsarases,He with long locks, who knows the wish, is a sweet most delightful friend7 Vayu hath churned for him: for him he poundeth things most hard tobend,When he with long loose locks hath drunk, with Rudra, water from thecup.
Reference in Mariamman Thalattu
Mariamman Thalattu is a lullaby dedicated to Goddess Mariamman. Thereare some references to various deities in this lullaby. The following arethe reference made to Vaal Muni and Sem Muni.
Vaal muniyum Sem muniyum vandu koluvirundar,
Kathan karuppanodu kattazhagar veethu irundar,
Thotiyathu chinnanum, durai magamum thaan irundhar,
 The Vaal muni and Sem muni came and sat with her,The Kattazhagar (handsome one) sat along with Kathan and Karuppan,The Chinnan of Thottiyam and Duraimagan (Son of the Landlord) sat withher,
Meaning of Muniandi
The word Muniandi is a combination of two words, Muni and Andi. Theword Andi could be defined in two ways. One referring to
slave of God 
andthe other
ruling (as in ruler).
The second explanation could be derivedfrom the word Aandavar which literally means
he who rules
. The reasonfor this explanation is the word Andi being used for other Gods in theTamil Hindu pantheon.Please refer to the following examples:
Brahma - Virumandi
Vishnu - Mayandi
Siva - Peyandi
Murugan - MalayandiAs such, the word Muniandi could refer to
a slave Muni 
he who rules inthe form of Muni 
. Munis like Vaal Muni are also known as Vaal MuniAndavar and Vaal Muniswaran.

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