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The Temples Of Tamilnadu
Index Author
Invocation Foreword
Introduction Melmaruvathur
Tiruvannamalai Tirukkoilur
Chidambaram Vaideeswaran Koil
Sirkali Tanjore
Kumbhakonam Kancheepuram
Srirangam Palani
Madurai Tiruchendur
Rameswaram Suchindram
Kanyakumari A Bird's-Eye View
Major Sections
Temples Of India
Lord Siva To Be Adored The Devalayas Of Karnataka
Palani Dhandhayudhapani The Kovils Of Kerala
The Temples of North-West India Temples For The Triple Sects
Mata Kanakadurga of Vijayawada The Legend Of Mata Kanyaka Parameswari
The Temples Of North-East India Mantralya Mahakshetra
The Aalayas of Andhra Pradesh The Mandirs Of Maharastra
Mighty Atoms For Tiny Tots Lord Siva Of Sri Kalahasthi
Bhagawan Vithoba Of Pandharpur Bizarre Beliefs And Odd Traditions
Asoka Priyadarsin The Mother Of Melmaruvathur And Her Miracles
Vishnu Mayam Jagat Sarvam Sakti Mayam
The Temples Of Tamilnadu Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol I

Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol II

Hullo Tirupathi !
Uthuthshta Govinda Cum Jo Jo Mukunda The Miracles Of Gods For The Debacles Of Humans
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Yet one more! Another fantastic legend narrates that once Agni appeared before Siva and Parvathi, when they were consorting.  The sudden appearance of Agni made Siva discharge his seed abruptly. Angry Parvathi asked Agni to bear that seed.  He humbly accepted, in fear of severe consequences, but he could not bear it longer.  He threw it into the River Ganges and the later transferred it to the six Kritikas, who were bathing in the Ganges.  They gave birth to children, each one.  All the six were combined into one with six heads and twelve arms but with one neck and one belly.  Later his peerless career crowned him with the generalship of celestial army along with Devendra's daughter as wife. 

So he was called Karthikeya, Shadanana, Agnibhu etc.  He was also called Saravanabhava due to the fact of the seed of Siva thrown into the forest of Sara of reeds, where he was born according to another story.  Whatever may be his origin, he was undoubtedly the most courageous among the celestials, and with his help alone Devendra killed Taraka, Surapadma, Mahisha etc. Moreover, he is represented as a Kumara of great beauty and immense attraction.  He is the Prince charming among gods.  He accepted the cock to adorn his banner and Mayura as his mount, the two forms of Surapadma at the time of his death at his hands.

There are several other myths and legends finding coveted places in the scriptures.  They bring out the glory of this War Lord, but strange to find that his worship or popularity is little known in the North India; rather he is not given wide publicity as found in the South, especially Tamil Nadu, which if termed Muruga Nadu, justifiers selection.

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About Palani
Kalidas's Version
Valmiki's Version
Agni Episode
You are Here! Kritikas Episode
The Legend...Pg.1
The Legend...Pg.2
The Temple
The Mulavar
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