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Temples & Legends of Tamilnadu
Preface Author
Introduction Kanyakumari
Gandhi Mandapam Maruda Malai
Suchindram Nagercoil
Tiruchendur Alwar Tirunagari
Srivaikuntam Nanguneri
Krishnapuram Tirunelveli
Papanasam Sankaranayinar Koil
Srivilliputhur Tirupparan- kunram
Madhurai Rameswaram
Darbhasayanam Tiruvadanai
Avadayar Koil Kaliyar Koil
Azhagar Koil


Tiruchirapalli Tiruvanaikkaval
Srirangam Tanjore
Punnainallur Tiruvalanchuzhi
Swamimalai Dharasuram
Saktimuttam Patteswaram
Mannargudi Vedaranyam
Tirunallar Karaikal
Tirukkadaiyur Mayavaram
Vaitheeswaran Koil Pullavane- swaram
Chayavanam Tiruvengadu
Shiyali Chidambaram
Tiruppatiripuliyur Tiruvannamalai
Kiratamar- jareswaram Madurantakam
Cheyyur Kancheepuram
Tirukkazhuk- kunram Mahabalipuram
Tirupporur Tiruvadantai
Tiruvanmiyur Mylapore
Triplicane Vadapalani
Tiruvottiyur Tirumullaivayil
Tiruvallur Tiruttani
Uppilliappan Koil Kumbakonam
Glossary Biblography
Major Sections
Temples & Legends Of India
Himachal Pradesh




On the sixth day, Surapadman alone survived. The Lord’s last bid to show the asura. his grace was his Viswarupa. Darsan Demon Surapadman realised then the divinity of his enemy Muruga, but yet would not accept defeat. He continued his fight from region to region. Karttikeya took Indra as his vehicle in the form of a peacock and his lance, the Vel, sought the foe out of his hiding place in the ocean. At last Surapadman came out of his island fortress of Veera Mahendra, rose in the form of a terrible mango tree and
attacked him. The lance if Karttiheya pierced the tree and broke it into two. The broken pieces instantly turned into a peafowl and a cock. The former attacked Indra (Lord Subrahmanya’s charger) with no success. The demon would not yet accept defeat. But Shanmukha’s grace was so bountiful that, as an act of forgiveness, he took the peafowl as his permanent vehicle, relieved Indra
of his duties and put the cock on his banner.

As Surapadman was a Brahman, the sin of Brahma Hatti affected Subrahmanya. He became pitch black in complexion and his
beautiful ‘shape was changed. As a result of this he prayed at Sikkal, took bath in the tank made out of the milk of Kamadhenu, the celestial Cow, and got back- his original beautiful form and complexion. This is why Muruga is worshipped as Singaravelar at Sikkal in the Tanjore District. Lord Muruga is known to have two consorts, Valli and Deivayanai. But in Northern India, Karttikeya is called Kumara or Bachelor God. He is fervently worshipped there as a heavenly boy with powers to confer heavenly gifts to his devotees. Hence the name of Balasubrahmanya.

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