Did You Know: Lord Murugan's Mahasamadhi in Karnataka

  • 12 Jan 2019

Lord Murugan was the commander-in-chief of the army of the Devas (Divine Beings). In many ways, He was an unmatched warrior. Wherever He saw injustice, He waged war. It was Saint Agastya who taught him the art of warfare.

WHY: Lord Murugan, the God of Tamil!

According to the legends in Karnataka, after some time, Lord Murugan became appalled with battle, for He saw that even fight for a thousand years would not change the world. Lord Murugan finally found rest in a place called Subramanya. He gave up all violence and, for the last time, washed His sword in what is today called “Ghati Subramanya” in Karnataka. He sat there in meditation for some time, and then moved up the mountain that is today named “Kumara Parvat”.

In Karnataka, Subramanya is known as Kumara. Kumara means “son”. Shiva is the main deity and Kumara is the son, so the mountain is known as Kumara Parvat or Kumara’s mountain. It is believed that Lord Murugan attained Mahasamadhi on the peak in a standing posture.

READ: The Warrior God, Lord Murugan & His Battles
In the yogic tradition, once yogis have finished their mission or purpose of their birth, they meditate to reach a state of intense concentration in which union with the divine is reached, this is called a samadhi or mahasamadhi. For a yogi this is regarded as the final and ultimate stage.
READ: How to Receive Lord Murugan’s Blessings?

Most yogis leave their body sitting. In case the body does not permit that for some reason, they do it lying down on the side. But because He was such a warrior, Lord Murugan left His body standing.

There is a temple near Kumara Parvat, called Kukke Subramanya Temple. Overlooking the famous mountain of Kumara Parvat, this temple is said to have been built 5000 years ago. Lord Murugan is worshipped as Subramanya, lord of all serpents.
But more significant is Mount Kumara Parvat itself. It is said to be still vibrantly alive with energy left behind by Lord Murugan. Small natural pebbles, chiselled to six faces can be found on this mountain. These pebbles are known as “Shanmukha lingas”. It is believed that His energy has been reverberating for all these centuries, causing the stones themselves to slowly shape themselves into six faces.  

Kindly note that this article doesn't reflect Astro Ulagam's stand on this matter. 

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