Lord Skanda/ Murugan (for Children)- Post No.9599

WRITTEN BY LONDON SWAMINATHAN

Post No. 9599

Date uploaded in London – –13 May   2021           

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THIS IS WRITTEN FOR LONDON SCHOOL CHILDREN AND MAY BE USED IN OTHER COUNTRIES AS WELL. I WILL POST MY SUMMARY ON HINDU GODS ONE BY ONE. LORD SKANDA/ MURUGA IS NUMBER TWO IN THIS SERIES.

LORD GANESH WAS POSTED YESTERDAY.

Lord Skanda is called Murugan in Tamil.

Murugan means handsome one, beautiful.

He is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati

He is the younger brother of Ganesh .

His vehicle is peacock.

Skanda’s other names are Subrahmanya, Kartikeya, Shanmukha

Hindu gods like Ganesh, Murugan are shown with many hands, some with many heads.

He is the popular god with highest number of heads and hands.

He has six heads and 12 hands in Shanmuga form. Shanmukha means six faces. You may wonder why? If you are at school final level, please got to Level Two of Skanda Murugan.

In normal form, he is also shown as a child like Ganesa. He is Kumara (youth)  or Bala kumara.

Subrahmanya means he possesses all the qualities of Brahman (god).

The name Kartikeya came to him because he was raised by six Krittika women personified as stars in the sky.

He was born in a grass land and so he is known as Saravana bhava.

Saravana is the name of the forest/grass land

We know that Ganesa is the head of Bhuta Ghana’s and in the same way Murugan is the Commander of the Divine Army. He killed Tarakasura and Sura pathman.

Skanda worship is very popular in Tamil speaking world. Tamils give Him a special status and so he is known as Tamil God.

They celebrate all his festivals with Kavadi. They carry it to the

Temple . A normal Kaavadi will have a long pole tied with two baskets on either side. Devotee s carry food and offerings to god in the attached pots or baskets. Later they constructed different shapes.

Another important thing is that his temples are mostly on top of hills or at the foot of the hills. There are six famous temples for him in Tamil Nadu

He married two women and they are Valli and Devasena (Deivaanai)

There are very interesting stories about him. I will tell you a few stories here. At level two, you will know about his 6 Heads and 12 Arms.

Story 1 (already given in Ganesa)

Mango Fruit Story

Story Two

He wanted to marry a girl called Valli, who fell in love with him. But she hesitated a lot. Murugan prayed to his brother Ganesh, the elephant headed god. He cam in the form of a real elephant and chased Valli and she naturally fell in the hands of Lord Murugan..

Another story is there was a demon called Sura Pathman and Muruga killed him. This is enacted every year during Skanda shasti festival in November.

Number six is his favourite numer. He was brough up by six women and his favourite geometrical diagram is Shad Kona- Star shaped. He is supposed to reside in this magical star diagram.

He is easily identified by the Spear weapon (Vel in Tamil) in his hand.

Vaikasi Visakam and Skanda Shasti are his big festivals.

His special Prasad is Pancha Amrutam- made up of five fruits and jaggery or honey.

His famous temples are in …..

Batu Caves in Malaysia

Nallur and Kathigamam in Sri Lanka

Palani, Tiruttani, Swami malai, Palamuthircholai, Tirupparankundram and Tiruchendur in Tamil Nadu, India.

At level two we will see why he has 12 hands and six faces.

Om Saravana Bhava.

tags- Murugan, Skanda, Saravanabhava, for children