Re: KULA DEIVAM
Namaste Manian T V,
As far as I know, I would like to share with you these points :
a) The tradition of having a Kula Devam is not same across all Hindus.
b) Usually, Kuladevam is a particular form of Devataa or a God-realised saint who has been traditionally worshiped for well-being of the family by ancestors. But it is not correct to assume that the same Kuladevam continues to be for all generations. I know various instances when families changed their Kuladevam because worshiping that deity didn't work out for them as they desired.
c) Your priest/astrologer is wrong if he claims that Tirupathi Venkatachalpathy cannot be your Kuladevam. Having Sun God or Lord Shiva or Mother Goddess in one name or the other has been in traditions of many Hindu Kings in the past. Yes, hierarchy-wise, Tirupathy ji stands at such a high pedestal that having Him as Kuladevam can appear a little odd but it cannot be considered wrong. The thumb-rule is the answer to this question : "Does it work for the well being of your family ?". The basic idea of having a Kuladevam is having a deity for the well-being of the family. Lord Krishna says in BG, "People worship various devataas for worldly gains which they get easily by the grace of those Devataas."
d) And finally, you can still choose Kuladevam depending upon what appeals to you if you already don't have one or you are unaware of one.
"Om Namo Bhagvate Vaasudevaye"