My grandfather and father love Palani Murugan. I also used to worship Lord Murugan a lot as Murugan is our Family deity. Kula dhaivam.
Lord Murugan who is the brother of Ganesha is also called skandha, Kumara, and mostly in north India as Karthikeya.
Many times from 2005 I had offered my hair in the holy feet of Lord Murugan in Palani Murugan temple. I also love Marudhamalai Murugan temple as it’s situated in coimbatore
Lord Murugan as Guru :
It was 2008 when I was in Mumbai I became a staunch devotee of Lord Dattatreya. During this time also I used to do abishekam to Lord Dattatreya statue in my room and recite the holy mantra of lord Murugan “Skandha Guru Kavasam”
Sometimes when I see Lord Dattatreya and Lord Murugan I feel they both are one and the same. Once I told my Sai guru in Shirdi about this feeling and the same day he saw a dream like this
He saw Lord Murugan’s face and other features were like that or Lord Dattatreya holding kamandalam and damaru , trishool etc.
It was the time I made a website for lord dattareya dattatreyalotus.com and I also got a mail from a devotee in Delhi that he used to believe that Lord Dattatreya and Lord Murugan are one and the same.
(It’s just a personal faith am sure all god is one and some devotees perceive Murugan as Guru avatar . so they associate Dattatreya with Murugan )
Skandha Guru Kavasam :
I wish everyone in India knows Tamil atleast because they will realize the beauty of Skandha Guru kavasam. I love this song so much that I used to go to Anuvavi Subramanian temple ( situated on the other side of Marudha malai hills .route is through thadagam No :11 A and 26 A bus from coimbatore )
from 2005 to 2006 I used to go to the Anuvaavi Subramaniam temple every Tuesday. There are only 2 buses and the entire day will be spent to reach the temple and offer avul, oil for lamps, and sugar for Lord Murugan. The Murugan in this temple is called “Kalyana Subramaniar”
The Murugan is with Valli and Daivanai in Anuvavi Murugan temple. It’s so beautiful to be in this temple because no big crowd in here. I used to claimb above to the shiva sannidhi and start to recite “Skandha guru kavasam”
The words I like from the great mantra is
Anbiladha idam angum ingum illai appa
engum niraindha anbe enn skandha appa.
In skandha guru kavasam ( Tamil song for Lord Kartikeya, Murugan ) I love these words
“Thathuvam marandhu , thannaiyum marandhu,
Nalladhum , kettadhum, Naaan enbadhum marandhu,
paava punniathoodu paraloogam marandhida chai,
Arul veli vittu evanai agalaa iruthiduvaai”
“Ellai illaadha anbe iraiveli endrai nee,
Angin ganaadhapadi engum anbenrai…….
anbilaadha idam angum ingum illai endrai,
engum niraindha ,anbe enn guru naadham appa”
My simple translation with local English
Discovering lord Murugan :
“Listen to him who says
love is eternity
love is shiva, love is sakthi ,
love is hari , love is brahma,
love is deva, love is human,
love is you , love is me,
love is truth , love is joy,
love is tranquility, love is happiness,
love is silence , love is moksha,
Love is everything and there’s, not a place in and beyond the universe where there is no love.
“Sonna badi saidhaal subramanya guru naadhan
Than oli perum sudaraai unn ulle dhaan irupaan”
The moment you do what he says, he is not merely a God in the statue ,
he lives in your own heart as an enormous flame of light.
My pilgrimage to Palani Murugan temple :
coming back to my describe the greatness of Palani Murugan temple. the best part of this temple is climbing the holy hills on foot. Many wonder why Murugan always chooses to reside on top of the hill. Personally I feel when we climb the hill itself most of our sins are washed away. Our karmic bond, attachments, etc are removed and the feeling when one finally reaches the abode of Lord Murugan is eternal.
Take proper care during any pilgrimage anywhere in India :
There are some people who get hurt, cheated, or irritated during their pilgrimage. Remember its a commercial world and you have to take proper care where ever you go. When it comes to pilgrimages in India , remember God will surely show you the right way.
Navabasana statue – Palani Murugan statue by saint Bohar :
The greatness of the Palani Murugan statue is that its made of 9 different materials by the saint Bohar almost 2000 years back for the welfare of people in Kaliyug. The big statue you see has another small statue of Murugan which is this Navabasana Murugan.
Saint Bohar Samadhi :
My favorite place in Palani Murugan temple is the saint Bohar sannidhi. I love to feel the greatness of this saint who dedicated his life to the welfare of people who is going to worship lord Murugan in the years to come.
When the temple is crowded we can’t even sit and meditate here for 2 minutes but luckily I have sat in Bohar samadhi place for 5 to 10 minutes and did meditation.
I am happy to write about Palani Murugan my family deity in starsai.com after 5 years. I love Murugan and I have realized Murugan also shows his grace on me and our family.
Keep chanting any Murugans mantra
always in the holy feet of Shirdi Saibaba