Lord Shanmukha and His Worship. Front Cover. Swami Sivananda people are saying – Write a review. We haven’t found any reviews in the usual places. Kartikeya (IAST: Kārttikēya), also known as Murugan, Skanda, Kumara, and Subrahmanya, is the Hindu god of war. He is the son of Parvati and Shiva, brother of Ganesha, and a god whose life .. This has encouraged the worship of Murugan as a child-God, very similar to the worship of the child Krishna in north India. Lord Shanmukha and His Worship – The Divine Life Read more about skanda, siva, shanmukha, subrahmanya, devas and divine.

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To pass the mind from one head to the other, from one eye to the other of His eighteen eyes, from one hand to the other of His twelve arms, etc. Having thus been assured of help, the Devas left Kailasa, anxiously awaiting the day of their release from the tyranny of the Asuras.

This made the Devas more panicky. Prostrations and salutations to Lord Subrahmanya, the Supreme Being,—who is the ruler of this Universe, who is the Indweller of our hearts, who is the second son of Lord Siva, who is the beloved of Valli and Deivayani, who bestows boons quickly on His devotees and who is an embodiment of Power, Wisdom, Love and Bliss. All these points relating to the peacock are utilised for illustrating the ideas concerning the inner significance of the Subrahmanya mythology.

Subsequent to this, Agastya killed the two sons of Ajamukhi. Extend your sway over all the worlds created by Lord Siva. Surasai became an adept in those Arts, and was herself aptly called Maya. Lord Siva alone was left uninvited. Even as a boy Lord Shanmukha showed his extraordinary prowess and valour. Much pleased with his penance, Lord Siva granted him many boons. Subrahmanya married Valli according to the Gandharva mode.

Siva granted this boon but desired Himavan not to bring Parvati with him any more.

Lord Shanmukha and His Worship

Sri Vyasa Bhagavan who codified the Nad has therefore given the truths of the Vedas in a homely style in the Puranas for the easy understanding of the common man. Large scale arrangements had been made for receiving the visitors to the Yajnashala.


To free himself completely from this grim encounter, Banukopan, in the flash of a moment and with the swiftness of a hurricane, sent out his Mohanastra against the Devas; and the whole host of the leaders were rendered unconscious and dropped into the sea! The outer aspect of yajna consists of building an altar, generally with bricks, kindling fire, using specific types of grass and wood and then pouring into it oblations. Remove the gulf that separates us, the veil that hides us, from Thee.

Kartikeya is known by numerous names in ancient and medieval texts of the Indian culture. Much grieved and depressed at heart, Chandra at last made his way to Lord Siva and prayed to be saved from the curse nad Daksha. We are Thine from this very second. Therefore, Lord Shanmukha is an incarnation of the ultimate transcendental Supreme Knowledge.

To test the strength of her Sadhana, Murugan appears before her in disguises and in the end shows her the meaning of Pranava in the form of the elephant. The sequel was that the deer was delivered of a human child, a girl. Lore is the attitude of willing self-effacement, self-abnegation, a standing aside so that the fullest manifestation of the divine power may stand in front and take over the stand from them. The Ford has six heads and, therefore, He is called Shanmukha.

And in addition, each verse is replete with the different Names of the Lord, such as Kanda, Muruga, Guha, Shanmukha, Velayudha, Kumara, the peacock-rider, the consort of Valli, xii etc. Since he was born to six mothers, he had six heads and hence called Shanmukha. We have to become Adhikaris, if we may approach the one who is to bestow grace upon us and who is to provide us with the necessary leadership and the shanmuukha to overcome the evil forces with which we are trying to battle.

Lavish preparations were made for their reception and comfort. It is the cock that proclaims the coming of dhanmukha sun in the eastern horizon.


Wrship may merely be the Sat-Sankalpa of the Guru. At his prayer Sri Devi came and in a fury rushed forth and worked havoc on the army of the Devas. Siva was delighted with the thoroughness of the exposition and Himself for the first time realised the immensity of the significance as expounded by his philosopher son. This unexpected finale filled the Asura with dread and a sense of helplessness.

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Religious Change in Amd Lanka. The Asura tried to prevent the messenger from crossing over his land. Disconcerted and annoyed at the unprecedented disturbance created worsbip the messenger and enraged at his defiant demeanour, Surapadma, controlling himself with a mighty effort, enquired of Veerabahu of his identity and worshkp purpose of his visit. Perhaps it is the outcome of an inherent desire of man to express his gratitude for an unknown and hidden Power, which bestows upon him every good and removes all his sufferings.

Not satisfied with the vast kingdoms allotted to them, the brothers then proceeded to the habitation of the Devas to deprive them of their sovereignty and freedom. All these are represented by the Vel Spear. The dark forest is Tamas. Sri Swami Sivanandaji, the author of this book, graphically describes the above-mentioned subjects in his usual style,—inspiring and direct, instructive and illuminating, soul-elevating and at once impressive.

Kavadichindu songs also are in praise of Lord Subrahmanya. Therefore, Lord Skanda is a mass of ultimate transcendental Supreme Knowledge that has to destroy nescience, Ajnana or darkness, represented upon the plane of manifest cosmos in the form of the Asuric hosts.

The work of creation from that time onwards was taken over by Himself. As per tradition, devotes who go to the six abodes of Murugan tonsure their head in imitation of Palani deity. The Tamils have named Shanmukha as Murugan.