This a replica of the idol housed in the Madhurai shrine, the city with which one of the lineages of mine is associated. Previously they were kept concealed except on the days of the special offerings.
The mother of heroes and the mother of gods. In the vedas she is pR^ishNi, the cow of the bull of the heavens, rudra. The geneatrix of the two gods kumAra and gaNanAtha– the lords of the ghostly hordes