The temple is km far from the Palani Railway Station and km southeast of Coimbatore in the foothills of the Palami hills. The statue of Dhandayuthapani is made from an amalgam of nine minerals called Navabashanam. It is believed that if these nine minerals are mixed in a certain ratio, it forms an eternal medicine. The temple is 8. The main shrine of Swaminathaswamy also called Balamurugan lies at the hilltop 60ft above , and the shrines of his parents Meenakshi and Shiva are located downhill. The sixty steps in the temple are named after the 60 Tamil years.
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Etymology and nomenclature Sculpture of the god Skanda, from Kannauj , North India, circa 8th century. Kartikeya is known by numerous names in ancient and medieval texts of the Indian culture. Most common among these are Murugan, Kumara, Skanda, and Subrahmanya. They sent Parvati to induce Shiva to marry her. Shiva, however, was lost in meditation and was not attracted to Parvati until he was struck by an arrow from the bow of Kama, the god of love, whom he immediately burned to ashes.
Agni received the seed and dropped it into the Ganges, where Skanda was born. After he appears on the banks of the River Ganges, he is seen by the six of the seven brightest stars cluster in the night sky called Krittikas in Hindu texts called Pleiades in Greek texts.
These six mothers all want to take care of him and nurse baby Kartikeya. Kartikeya ends the argument by growing five more heads to have a total of six heads so he can look at all six mothers, and let them each nurse one. However, the rest of the verses depict the "boy" as bright-colored, hurling weapons and other motifs that later have been associated with Skanda. The difficulty with interpreting these to be Skanda is that Indra, Agni and Rudra are also depicted in similar terms and as warriors.
The Skanda-like motifs found in Rig Veda are found in other Vedic texts, such as section 6. In addition to textual evidence, his importance is affirmed by the archeological, the epigraphical and the numismatic evidence of this period. For example, he was a major god for the Ikshvakus , an Andhra dynasty, as well as for the Gupta Empire. It describes him with six faces each with a function, twelve arms, his victory over evil, and the temples dedicated to him in the hilly regions.
Skanda Bodhisattva is the Dharma protector in Mahayana Buddhism. There are Buddhist Sinhala shrines such as at Kataragama dedicated to Skanda which have historically been officiated by Hindu priests, which attracted Buddhist devotees and enjoyed royal support.
While many regard him as a bodhisattva , he is also associated with sensuality and retribution. Ancient coins of the Yaudheyas, dated to 1st and 2nd century CE, show Kartikeya as a warrior with either one or six heads. Kushan coins show him with one head. In general, single head is far more common regardless of which dynasty minted them. The oldest sculptures such as those found in Mathura show him with one head, while six head iconography is dated to post- Gupta Empire era.
They show him as a warrior dressed in dhoti sheet wrapped at waist, covering the legs , armour like a warrior, spear in his right hand and a bird rooster in his left. The Gandhara arts show him in more a Scythian dress, likely reflecting the local dress culture prevalent in those times.
Further, it is in the oldest Gandharan statues where he is shown with a bird that looks like a chicken or cock.
Shri Kartikeya Stotram in Sanskrit ( श्री कार्तिकेय स्तोत्रम् )
It is a short stotra but also remarkably powerful. The stotra is credited with developing the praGYA intelligence and has been given by skanda himself. Why is the development of praGYA given such importance? The answer is given in the vedas itself. This medhA refers to the development of the buddhi such that the truth can be clearly seen.
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One who is the greater, one who shows salvation, One who is worshipped by all VedasAnd one who gives whatever is desired. It is said that even a mentally retarded child would become normal by reciting this prayer. Brahman is hidden from the view of kartikrya unclear buddhi like dense clouds hiding the sun. The answer is given in the vedas itself. The person who considers this as mahA mantra and chants them will attain mahA praGYA great intelligence. God of the sound of ocean, One with divine powers, One who is learned, one who removes darkness, God, One is son of fire, One who grants pleasure as well as salvation.
श्री कार्तिकेय स्तोत्र || Sri Karthikeya Stotram || Sri Kartikeya Stotram
Etymology and nomenclature Sculpture of the god Skanda, from Kannauj , North India, circa 8th century. Kartikeya is known by numerous names in ancient and medieval texts of the Indian culture. Most common among these are Murugan, Kumara, Skanda, and Subrahmanya. They sent Parvati to induce Shiva to marry her. Shiva, however, was lost in meditation and was not attracted to Parvati until he was struck by an arrow from the bow of Kama, the god of love, whom he immediately burned to ashes. Agni received the seed and dropped it into the Ganges, where Skanda was born.
Kartikeya Pragya Vivardhana Stotram - In sanskrit with meaning