Śrī Muttusvāmi Dīkshitar has composed songs relating to many different deities. This is an example of his inclusive outlook. Many of these deities probably have origins in folk culture. Geographically speaking, folk culture is very localized. Over time, many folk deities became popular deities and their geographic reach expanded — people came on pilgrimage to these places from farther away also.
Broadly speaking, the three main deities addressed in Dīkshitar’s songs are Vishnu (the sustainer), Shiva (the dissolver), and Devi (the Mother Goddess).
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