Shri Muruga Perumal
|Tamil God of War and Victory|
|Consort||Valli and Devasena|
Murugan, also known as Kartikeya, (Tamil: முருகன்) is the Tamil god of war and victory. Muruga is the main god of worship in Tamil Nadu, South India, Sri Lanka, Mauritius and many other places where Tamilans live. He is a god with six faces. The god Murugan has six shrines in Tamil Nadu, which are known as Arupadaiveedu. In Tamil Nadu, Murugan has continued to be popular with all classes of society right since the Sangam age. This has led to more elaborate accounts of his mythology in the Tamil language, culminating in the Tamil Kandha Purānam, written by Kacchiappa Sivachariyar (1350-1420 AD) of Kumara Kottam in the city of Kanchipuram. He was a scholar in Tamil literature, and a votary of the Shaiva Siddhanta philosophy.
Murugan is the son of Shiva and Parvathi, who has take birth to kill the asuras. The six sites at which Murugan sojourned while leading his armies against Surapadman are Palani, Swamimalai, Thiruparamkundram, Pazhamudirsolai, Thiruthani and Thiruchendur which all are in Tamil Nadu.