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Lord Murugan, the God of Tamil!

  • 03 Jan 2019
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Lord Murugan, the God of Tamil

Why is Lord Murugan the patron deity of the Tamils? It’s a question many ponder…

The Divine Mango

Our grandparents and parents would have told us the story of The Divine Mango. The mango was brought by Narada Muni, a great sage and son of Lord Brahma. He is Lord Vishnu’s devotees and has done many miraculous tasks on behalf of Vishnu. The mango can only be given to the wiser of the two, Lord Ganesha and Lord Murugan. It was decided that the first one to circle the world and return will receive the divine mango.
 
Lord Murugan with his vehicle peacock went on to circle the world while, Lord Ganesha circled Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati who was his world and the world itself. He won the divine mango. Feeling cheated, Lord Murugan runs away to Palani, Tamil Nadu and thus became known as Tamil Kadavul.



The Tamil Sangam

Agathiyar was the head of the first Tamil Sangam, it is believed that lord Murugan himself taught him Tamil language and grammar.

The famous saint Agathiyar wrote the very first grammar to the Tamil language, followed by his disciple Tholkaapiyar who used his master's manuscripts and wrote the Tolkappiyam.

Tolkappiyam, possibly the most ancient of the extant Tamil literary works, glorified Murugan, "the red god seated on the blue peacock, who is ever young and resplendent," as "the favoured god of the Tamils”.
 
Places of devotion

Arupadaiveedu are six temples dedicated to Murugan and all are located in Tamil Nadu. The six abodes are Tirupparamkunram, Thiruchendur, Thiruavinankudi (Palani), Swamimalai, Thiruthani and Pazhamudircholai. Click to learn more about the temples!
 
The god is known by different names in all these temples and these six abodes are mentioned in a Tamil literature written by Nakkirar.

Lord Murugan has been instrumental in the development of the Tamil language and culture by directly being involved in the process. From literature to archaeology, all point towards his influence in the culture of the Tamil people.

Source: Murugan, Dharisanam, New World Encyclopedia
Photo Credit: Murugabhaktar, Velkavadi, Expresstravelcorp, Dhasura Creative



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