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God of War and Victory
Commander of the Gods
Kartikeya or Murugan is the philosopher-warrior god of Hinduism, variously represented.[1]
Other namesSubramanya, Kumara, Muruga, Skanda, Velavan, Velloreavan, Saravana, Shadanana, Devasenapati, Shanmukha
AbodeMount Kailash
MantraOṃ Saravaṇa Bhava
Om Saravaṇa Bhavāya Namaḥ [2]
WeaponVel, bow and arrow
AnimalsPeacock, rooster, snake[3]
FestivalsSkanda Sashti or Shashthi and Thaipusam
Personal information
ConsortDevasena and Valli Vallimalai Born and Married place of Shri Valli Located in Spiritual City of Vellore
SiblingsGanesha (brother)

Murugan, also known as Kartikeya, (Tamil: முருகன்) is the Tamil god of war and victory. Murugan is the main god worshipped in Tamil Nadu, South India, Sri Lanka, Mauritius and many other places where Tamilans live. He is a god with six faces. 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 since the Sangam age.

Murugan is the son of Shiva and Parvathi, who was created to kill the Asuras and be the eternal protector of the Devas and other living beings. The Asuras were demigods who frequently warred against the Devas or gods out of jealousy because the Asuras were denied sensual pleasure. The six sites in Tamil Nadu where Murugan sojourned while leading his armies against the Asuras are Palani, Swamimalai, Thiruparamkundram, Pazhamudirsolai, Thiruthani and Thiruchendur, the Arupadaiveedu.

References[change | change source]

  1. Fred W. Clothey 1978, pp. 1-2.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 November 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. Archived 25 April 2017 at the Wayback Machine