Skanda Purana tells the narrative of Lord Murugan. According to tradition, the demon Soorapadman harassed the Devas, who went to Lord Vishnu and Brahma to complain. They tasked Kamadeva with awakening Lord Shiva from his penance, and Kartikeya was born as a result. Karthikeya assassinated Soorapadman and saved the devas. Muruga is seen as the deity of both love and battle. Kartikeya married Valli out of love and wedded Deivayanai after winning the Tiruchendur battle. Five sorts of lands are described in Tamil literature. Kurinji (mountainous region), Mullai (forest region), Marutham (agricultural region), Neithal (coastal region), and Palai are the names of these areas (desert region). Separate gods are mentioned in Sangam literature for each of these geographic kinds.
According to legend, Lord Muruga was the ruler of the mountainous region. As of today, there is no unified map of the Murugan, Subramanya, and Kartik temples. Sri Murugan sannidhi may be found in hundreds of Shiva temples, and separate temples for Lord Murugan have also been built. Sri Murugan is known as Sri Subhramanya in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, and Sri Kartik, Kartikeya in North India. As a result, attempts have been undertaken to create a unified map of individual Murugan/ Subhramanya/ Kartik temples. He is thought to be the son of the holy marriage Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, as well as Lord Ganesha’s younger brother. Kartikeya’s tales are mentioned in the Shiva Puranas. According to Skanda Purana, Kartikeya is also the commander of the Devatas and was born to destroy Tarakasura. Lord Kartikeya appears riding a peacock and wielding a vel or spear. He has six heads and a total of twelve hands. He is also revered as a protective god in Malaysia and Sri Lanka.
Here are some of the best Murugan Temples in India
Palani Murugan Temple, Dindigul
It is one of the Six Adobes of the Murugan and is located in the town of Palani in the Dindigul district. The temple is located in the Palami hills, 125 kilometres from Palani Railway Station and 100 kilometres southeast of Coimbatore. Dhandayuthapani is the major god, and he appears in a contemplative posture with a staff (‘danda’) in his hands (‘pani’) as a weapon (‘ayutha’). Dhandayuthapani’s statue is built of Navabashanam, a combination of nine minerals. It is said that if these nine minerals are combined in a specific ratio, they will make an immortal medicine.
Thiruchendur Murugan Temple, Tuticorin
Historically known as Jayanthipuram, it is also one of Lord Murugan’s Six Adobes. It is located east of Thiruchendur in the district of Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu, along the coasts of the Bay of Bengal. It is 443 kilometres from Chennai to Thiruchendur temple. In Tiruchendur, it is claimed that God Subramanya appears to his worshippers in the shape of Senthil. The temple was initially made of stones, but it was later refurbished and reconstructed with granite. Lord Murugan, the principal deity, is depicted standing with Shivalingas.
Swamimalai Murugan Temple, Kumbakonam
Swamimalai, located on the banks of the heavenly Cauvery river in the panchayat town of Kumbakonam, is also one of Lord Murugan’s Six Adobes. The temple is 8.6 kilometres from the Kumbakonam bus station and 250 kilometres from Chennai. Swaminathaswamy’s (also known as Balamurugan’s) primary temple is placed on the mountaintop (60 feet higher), while his parents Meenakshi and Shiva’s temples are placed downhill. The temple’s sixty stairs are named after the 60 Tamil years. Vaikasi Visagam is the main festival held here. It is Lord Murugan’s birthday, and it is said that on this day, Lord Murugan manifested to vanquish bad forces and to begin dharma and knowledge.
Thirupparamkunram Murugan Temple, Tirupparankunram
Thirupparamkunram Temple, which is mentioned in the Skanda Purana, is also one of Lord Murugan’s Six Adobe. It is located in the Madurai district of Tamil Nadu, near the neighbourhood of Thirupparamkunram. The temple originates from the sixth century and is said to have been erected in rock-cut style by the Pandyas. According to Skanda Purana, this is the location where Murugan fought the demon Surapadman and married Deivayanai (the daughter of Lord Indra.) The temple is located 11 kilometres from Madurai International Airport. Along with the primary shrine of Murugan, the temple also has the shrines of Shiva, Vishnu, Vinayaka, and Durga. Skanda Shashti is the main festival observed here.
Pazhamudircholai Murugan Temple, Madurai
The Solamalai Murugan Temple, also known as the Solamalai Murugan Temple, is located in the northern part of Madurai, Tamil Nadu. It is also one of Lord Murugan’s Six Adobe. It is located 25 kilometres from the Madurai Railway Junction, in the middle of a lush forest hillside. Lord Murugan is worshipped as Jnana Shakti, while his consorts Valli and Devayani are worshipped as Iccha Shaki and Kriya Shakti, respectively. Lord Murugan is shown in a standing position with a single face and four hands held between Valli and Devayani. Murugan’s Vel (spear) is made of stone.
Thiruthani Murugan Temple, Thiruttani
The hill is located in the hills of Thiruttani town in Tamilnadu and has 365 steps representing the 365 days of the year. Thanigachalam is the name given to Lord Muguran. It is 92.4 kilometres away from Chennai. One tale states that after Lord Rama defeated Ravana, he worshipped Lord Shiva in Rameswaram and then came all the way to Tiruttani to find calm by worshipping Lord Subrahmanya at this temple. The temple has a five-tiered gopuram as well as four precincts. There are two shrines, one dedicated to Lord Murugan and the other to his consorts Valli and Devayani.
Kallumalai Temple, Ipoh
Kallumalai temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan and is located in the tiny town of Ipoh in northern Malaysia. The temple is commonly referred to as Kallumalai Kovil. The shrine was originally erected within a cave at Gunong Cheroh in 1889. It was reconstructed again in 1930. The Gopuram tower is 70 feet tall. Thaipusam is the biggest event celebrated here. It is the most important Hindu holiday, held on the full moon day of the Tamil month Thai in January/February. I commemorated the day as a day of thankfulness and penance for Lord Murugan by carrying kavadis. Devotees do Kavadai, a ritual submission and offering while praying and worshipping Lord Murugan.
Selva Sannidhi Murugan Temple, Thondaimanaru
Selva Sanniti Murugan Temple in Thondaimanaru is located in the northern province of Sri Lanka, twenty miles north of Jaffna. Devotees are invited to worship Vel and do daily pujas and Archana. The temple has its own narrative. Thondaimannaru’s waters fall into the sea, rising towards sthalam, which joins the triple adjuncts of sthalam, trtham, and mrti. This is a water canal that was tunnelled under the direction of Karunagaran Thondaiman. Kulathunga Cholan, the ruler of Chola Nadu, dispatched him here to acquire salt supplies. As a result, the temple is located on the side of the newly carved river, where villagers may pray.
Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple, Penang
Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple, popularly known as the Waterfall Hill Temple, is located in the Malaysian state of Penang. To get to the shrine, devotees must climb 513 stairs. It is the biggest Murugan temple outside of India, with a Gopuram that measures 21.6m tall and a seven-story temple. The overall cost of constructing the temple is estimated to be ten million ringgits (Malaysian currency.) As worshippers ascend 511 steps to the mountaintop, they will be astounded by the six pillars within, each of which depicts one of the six primary Murugan temples. Archana is performed by devotees alongside the priest.
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