Limburg Murugan Temple,Heerlen
Aru Padai Veedugal: Murugan’s Six ‘Battle Camps’
The Aru Padai Veedukal or Six Holy Abodes (literally: ‘battle camps’) of Murugan as declared by the Tamil poet Nakīrar in his late Sangam period classic of Murugan devotion Tirumurugārrupatai are:
- Tiruvavinankudi (Palani)
- Tiruverakam (Swami Malai)
- Kundruthorādal (Tiruttani and several other hills) and
Lord Murugan abundantly blesses devotees who worship at these holy places:
Tirupparamkundran is at a distance of eight kilometers from Madurai in South India. This holy place is associated with the divine marriage of Muruga with Tevayanai. Tiru Jñana Sambhandar and Sundaramurti Swamigal, two of the Saiva Samaya quartet visited Tirupparamkundram. There is a sacred tank known as Saravana Poygai in the temple precincts. It is a joy to see fish leaping in the tank and rushing to accept puffed rice (Pori) offered to them.
The Subramanya shrine at Tiruchendur is situated by the seashore. From Tirunelveli in the South India, one has to travel a distance of about 60 km to reach this beautiful sea resort. Muruga vanquished the demonic forces led by Soorapadma at Tiruchendur. The Lord’s heroic fight with Soora is enacted with religious fervor here during the annual Skanda Sashti festival shortly after Deepavali (October-November), which draws half a million devotees on the sixth day alone. Though the temple is in close proximity to sea, if one goes into the interior of the sanctum sanctorum, one is surprised to find a hillock there! Is not the Lord Senthil Andvar also the One who ever loves to reside at hill tops? We do not find the usual ‘Vel’ in the deity’s hand at this temple, since He is depicted as one offering puja to Siva in recompense for taking so many lives in battle. Jagadguru Adi Sanakara (8th century) visited the Tiruchendur temple and offered prayers. The famous hymn Śrī Subramanya Bhujangam and Kandar Kali Venpa were composed at this sacred spot.
Tiruvavinankudi (Palani) is the third Padai Veedu. The other names of Pazhani are Sivagiri and Sivamalai. Pazhani is at a distance of about 60 km from Dindigul in western Tamil Nadu. While Śrī Dandāyudhapani blesses devotees from the hill top, there is a more ancient Muruga temple at the foot of the hill, which is called Tiruvavinankudi. It is believed that sage Agasthya did penance at Tiruvavinankudi and learned the five grammars of Tamil language under Lord Muruga’s expert tutelage.
Tiruverakam comes next. Popularly known as Swamimalai, it is located at a distance eight kilometers from Kumbakonam in Tanjore District on the northern banks of the river Cauvery. The Lord here presents Himself as Gurunātha Who taught the essence of Pranava to His Father, Siva (‘Swami’) and thus became Swaminātha. Arunagirinathar obtained darshan of the divine lotus feet of Lord Muruga here. It is believed that the sixty steps of the temple ascending to the sanctum sanctorum represent the sixty months of the ancient Tamil calendar.
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