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 devotee 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.
Upon receiving the challenge, Lord Murugan immediately mounted his peacock went on to circle the world. Lord Ganesha, meanwhile circled his parents Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, who he said were his world, and won the divine mango. Feeling cheated, Lord Murugan ran away to Palani, Tamil Nadu and thus became known as Tamil Kadavul.
The Tamil Sangam
Agathiyar was the head of the first Tamil Sangam. Itt is believed that Lord Murugan himself taught him Tamil language and grammar.
The famous saint Agathiyar wrote the very Tamil language grammar compilation, followed by his disciple Tholkaapiyar who used his master's manuscripts and wrote the Tolkappiyam.
Tolkappiyam, possibly the most ancient of 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.
Thu Jan 13 2022
MIC President Says Hindus Should be 'Thankful' to Putrajaya for Thaipusam SOPs
Hindus in the country should be "grateful and thankful" to the government over the flexibility given in celebrating Thaipusam, MIC president SA Vigneswaran has said.
Murugan & His Hill Temples, What's So Special About Hills?
There is a reason why most Murugan temples are built on top of mountains or hills...
The Significance of the Seval Kodi to Lord Murugan
Why did Lord Murugan take the peacock as his vehicle and the rooster on his banner?
The History Behind Penang Waterfall Hill Temple
Its hilltop location is one of the main destinations of devotees during the annual Thaipusam festival
Did You Know: Thaipusam is a Grand Celebration in Mauritius
Thaipoosam Cavadee, the local name for Thaipusam, is one of the most spectacular religious festivals in Mauritius and is mainly celebrated by Tamils in the country.
Penang Thaipusam: Hundreds Converge To Observe Golden & Silver Chariots Under Cops' Watchful Eyes
A slight drizzle could not keep hundreds of Penangites from feasting their eyes on the procession of the golden and silver chariots this morning.
Kavadi Makers Suffer Tens of Thousands in Losses from Putrajaya's Kavadi Ban
Putrajaya's eleventh-hour cancellation of kavadi bearing for Thaipusam has cost kavadi makers losses amounting to tens of thousands of ringgit, a report has said.
Thaipusam: A Quick Look At the SOPs
Here's a quick look at the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set for the Thaipusam celebrations tomorrow.
Bogar and His Navapashanam: The Secret to Immortality?
Bogar was a legendary South Indian siddhar (a mystic or yogi). He was said to have miraculous powers.
Why Is Arumugan Worshipped Only in South India?
Arumugan is a vital part of South India, where He had protected its people, gave them knowledge and loved them. He is still their protector, their teacher and their beloved.
Astro Announces Succession Plans
Why Is Navarathiri Celebrated?
Here's how the story goes...
Nine Avatars Of Goddess Durga
During the war between Durga and Mahishasura, Durga takes nine different forms over nine days to win over the demon...
Unknown Facts About Navrathri!
These are some of the unknown facts about Navrathri...
Scientific Reason Behind Fasting On Navarathri
Here are the scientific reasons behind fasting on the nine days of Navarathri...
Auditions now open for Ultimate Star Search 2022 on Astro
Aspiring Malaysian talents aged 18 to 35 years old are invited to participate in the Ultimate Star Search 2022 on Astro for a chance to begin a career as a TV or radio host.
What Are Yasmin & Suresh Doing In The Kitchen? And Why Did They Say They’re Not Guilty?
Something delicious is happening in the kitchen. Join Suresh and Yasmin as they deep fry a bunch of food with NeuVida cooking oil.
Astro customers to enjoy up to 50% off Padma Shree Hariharan concert tickets
Astro customers can enjoy up to 50% off concert tickets to legendary Indian playback singer Padma Shree Hariharan live in Malaysia on 12 November, 7pm at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre.
A.R RAHMAN 'LIVE IN CONCERT' TO WOW MALAYSIAN FANS IN JANUARY 2023!!
After a gap of six (6) long years, internationally-acclaimed Indian composer, A.R Rahman is coming to Malaysia, thanks to a spectacular concert - `A. R Rahman - Secret of Success - Live in Malaysia 2023
Enjoy more local Tamil shows premiering in September on Astro
Astro customers can look forward to more premiering local Tamil shows this September, including drama telemovie, Abaaya Sangili and drama series, Oru Kalainganin Diary on TV, Astro GO and On Demand.