In India, every house has something called Kula Devata or Family Deity. What is the historical reason for having such Family deity, and on what basis are family deities assigned to families? Is there any historical, ancestral or political connection between the Deity and the family that worships it? Does it have any relation to the region in which the Deity resides? As I see, there is no strict caste specific restriction on having a particular Deity as your Kula Devata. Can anyone here shed light on this, or mention similar practices being followed elsewhere in the world/other religions?

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    Wouldn't this be more suited to Hinduism SE?
    – NSNoob
    May 24, 2016 at 7:31
  • I am expecting answers from a history point of view rather than a philosohical or mithological point of view, so I think it is apt to b posted here
    – Sushant
    May 24, 2016 at 9:54
  • Many scholars claim that the practice of maintaining household deities around the world can be traced back to ancestor veneration. This practice is not limited to Hinduism and was quite common in many Indo-European and Mesopotamian traditions. May 24, 2016 at 15:21
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    @called2voyage Do you mean, ancestor veneration means, worshiping of ancestors as deities? That is different from what I am referring to as Family Deities. Ex: There is a temple of Lord Balaji in South India, and a lot of South Indian families have the same deity as family deity
    – Sushant
    May 25, 2016 at 8:32
  • @Sushant Ok, that is a little outside of my experience. I can't be sure, but it is possible that sharing a deity devotion as a family is related to household deities, in which case the roots may be the same, but I'll defer to those who know more on the topic at hand. May 26, 2016 at 18:42

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Please start reading this link which airs ten part article on Kula devatha or tutelary/family deities. You will get answers to Kula Devatha concept.


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