Madurai Veeran (Tamil: மதுரை வீரன், Maturai Vīraņ lit. Warrior of Madurai) is a Tamil folk deity popular in some areas of Tamil Nadu, India. His name suggests an association with the city of Madurai and a warrior past. The deity is also popular amongst certain segments of the Tamil diaspora in Réunion and the French overseas territories in the Caribbean sea. He is known as the son of 'Amman' amongst the South African Tamils.
Madurai Veeran is a hindu sub-deity from Madurai District, Tamil Nadu (South India).
In ancient Tamilakam, people venerated the warriors (Veerargal) and stones (Veerakkal) erected in memory of such warriors. One can find such stones that have fully morphed into cultic shrines across South India and specifically in Tamil Nadu. Madurai Veeran is believed to be one such great warrior who lived during the period when the Nayaks ruled certain parts of Tamil Nadu. There are no official records of his existence.
Over the centuries, many stories of his life have been transmitted by oral tradition, creating the myth. People of rural Tamil Nadu admire him and worship him as a deity. His consorts are Bommi and Vellaiyammal.
According to these legends, Madurai Veeran was the son of a King, country. Veeran's bravery and talent earned him a chance to enter the army as a Commander. But his misfortune made him to fall by his own law which he enforced to eradicate the robbers from the country.
His enemies, by their cunning plot, made the king to believe that he was also one of the robbers and must be punished. The king who was already jealous of Madurai Veeran sentenced him to mutilation, by having a hand and a leg removed. Madurai Veeran died as a result of this punishment. Later the King realized that Madurai Veeran was innocent and regretted his act.
It is a common belief in some parts of Tamil Nadu that, when you pray to Madurai Veeran for justice when falsely accused of a crime, the actual perpetrator(s) of the crime will face the consequenses.
When Madurai Veeran's statue depicts him with his consorts, he is identified and worshipped as "Mudurai Veeran". When the statue depicts him without his consorts (single), he is identified and worshipped as "Veeranar". The reason for two different portrayals of the same deity is simple; Veeranar's appearance is before his marriage and Madurai Veeran's appearance is after his marriage.