Six Abodes of Murugan
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|Six Abodes of Lord Muruga|
|Other names:||Aarupadai Veedu|
|Proper name:||Six Holy abodes of Lord Muruga|
|Location:||Tirupparamkunram, Thiruchendur, Palani, Swamimalai, Thiruthani, Pazhamudircholai|
|Architecture and culture|
|Important festivals:||Kaumaram, Thaipusam|
|Architectural styles:||Dravidian Architecture|
|Number of temples:||6|
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The six most sacred abodes of Hindu god Lord Murugan known as ஆறுபடை வீடு(Aarupadai veedu) in Tamil literature, are situated in the state of Tamil Nadu in south India. The god is also known as Karthikeya, Skanda, Vadivela and Guha. The six most sacred abodes of Lord Muruga were mentioned in the Tamil literature Thirumurugatrupadai, written by Nakeerar, and in Thirupugal, written by Arunagirinathar. In Hinduism the gods Shiva, Shakthi, Vishnu, Ganesh, Muruga, Surya are the six main gods and the supreme gods for the six sub-religions of Hinduism. According to Kaumaram Lord Skanda is the supreme god, as told in Skandapuranam. The six abodes are Tirupparamkunram, Thiruchendur, Thiruavinangkudi - Palani, Swamimalai , Thiruthani, Pazhamudircholai. The six abodes of Lord Muruga has separate sthalapuranam.
- Located on the outskirts of Madurai on a hillock
- As per the legends, Skanda married Indra's daughter Devasena (also called Devayani) here
- Sage Nakkeerar worshipped Muruga in this shrine
- Located on the sea-shore, near Tuticorin
- Remains of Gandhamadana Parvatam or Santhanamalai (Sandal Mountain)
- As per the legends, Muruga worshiped Shiva and waged a battle against demon Soorapadman here
- A well called "Naazhi kinaru" situated nearer to sea has pure water.
- Located at 5 km from Kumbakonam, the temple is built on an artificial hill. In Tamil language, such an artificial hill is called "Kattu Malai" the banks of a tributary of river Cauvery.
- In Swamimalai, Muruga is known as "Balamurugan" and "Swaminatha Swami.
- Another name for this place is "Thiruveragam"
4. Thiruavinangudi (Palani)
- The Palani temple is considered to be the foremost among Murugan temples of Tamil Nadu.
- Muruga is known as Lord Gnanadandayudhapani.
- Located at 56 KM from Dindigul.
- Located near Chennai
- As per the legends, Lord Muruga remained calm and peaceful here after waging the war with Asuras and married Valli here
- Located on the outskirts of Madurai on a hillock
- On the top of the hill, there is a holy stream called "Nupura Gangai"
Lord of mountains
In Tamil literature five types of lands are seen. They are Kurinji (mountainous region), Mullai (forest region), Marutham (agricultural region), Neithal (coastal region) and Palai (desert region). Separate gods for these land types are clearly told in Sangam literature. According to the literature Lord Muruga is the god of mountainous region, Lord Vishnu is the god of forest region, Lord Indra was the god of agricultural land, Lord Varuna is the god of coastal region and Lord Kali is the god of desert region.
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Six sacred abodes
According to the Tamil tradition, it is believed that Lord Muruga is living in all the mountains. Among them the six mountains are considered to be very sacred. But the second abode is now nearer to the sea. The six mountains are described in sangam literature Thirumurukatrupadai (Tamil: திருமுருகாற்றுப்படை) written by Nakkeerar (Tamil: நக்கீரர்) and in Thirupugal. Avvaiyar and Agastya have also composed many songs on the different forms of Muruga seen in the six abodes. Marudamalai (a suburb of Coimbatore) (மருதமலை, மருந்து மலை ) is often considered to be the seventh abode.
About Lord Muruga
The story of Lord Muruga is described in Skanda Purana. According to legend in the olden days a demon Soorapadman. He tortured the Devas who went to complain to Lord Vishnu and Brahma. They assigned Kamadeva to awake Lord Shiva from his penance, who later gave birth to Kartikeya from his Third eye. Kartikeya killed Soorabadman and saved the devas. Muruga is depicted as the god of love and war. Kartikeya married Valli by love and married Deivayanai by winning the war held at Tiruchendur. Kaumaram is the sub-set of Hinduism in which Kartikeya is worshipped as the supreme deity.
Other famous murugan temples
- Kukke Subramanya Temple
- Nallur Kandaswamy temple
- Batu Caves
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- Deivayanai ,,.
- Thiruppugazh 
- 1. Skanda shasti kavasam - a holy mantras on lord muruga:,,.
- 2. Thirumurugattrupadai - a Tamil literature tells about the six adobes of lord Muruga:,.
- 3. Thiruparankundram Murugan temple - The first adobe of Lord Muruga:, ,,.
- 4. Tiruchendur Murugan temple - the second adobe of Lord Muruga: ,, .
- 5. Palani Murugan temple - the third adobe of Lord Muruga: ,, .
- 6. Swamimalai Murugan temple-The fourth adobe of Lord Muruga: ,.
- 7. Thiruthani Murugan temple - the fifth adobe of Lord Muruga: ,.
- 8. Pazhamuthircholai - The sixth adobe of Lord Muruga: .
- 9. Worshippers of Lord Muruga is called as Kaumaras-One of the six prominent sub-religions of Hinduism:.
- 10. Thirumurugatrupadai written by Nakeerar: .
- 11. Thirupugal written by Arunagirinathar: 
- 12. Six sub-divisions of Hindu religion .
- 13. Kaumaram-a religion of god Muruga .
- 14. Kumara Tantra-a tantra practised by kaumaras: ,.
- 15. Kumara-Tantra, an ayurveda practice: 
- 16. A powerful god Shatru Samhara Moorthy seen in the second abode destroys our enemies: