Last Updated on February 1, 2023
Deep in the mystical realm of Hindu mythology lies a god of war and victory, commander-in-chief of the army of the gods, and the embodiment of courage and power.
And that is Lord Murugan, also known as Lord Kartikeya. From his six faces representing different aspects of his personality to his association with the peacock, Lord Murugan is rich in symbolism.
To help you better understand what each facet of Lord Murugan represents, I’ve shared some lesser-known facts about him in this article.
Let’s uncover Lord Murugan’s origination and discover the secrets of his power and blessings.
Five Facts About Lord Murugan
Fact #1. The God Of War
Lord Kartikeya, also known as Lord Murugan, is the Hindu god of war and victory. He is the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati and is known as the commander-in-chief of the army of the gods.
He is also known as Skanda, Subrahmanya, and Kumara. Lord Murugan is considered to be the embodiment of courage, strength, and power.
But why is he considered to be the God Of War?
According to mythology, the gods were being harassed by demons under the command of Surapadma, and this is why Lord Murugan is revered as the God of War. After a six-day battle, Murugan killed Surapadma with the spear his mother Parvathi had given him.
Fact #2. Lord Murugan and the Six Faces
One of the most interesting facts about Lord Murugan is that he is depicted with six faces, each representing a different aspect of his personality.
The six faces are said to represent wisdom, power, beauty, energy, knowledge, and devotion. This symbolizes Lord Murugan’s ability to see and understand all aspects of life and to provide guidance and protection to his devotees.
There is a different interpretation to this too. In Tamil, the name for Lord Muruga is Arumugam, which literally translates to “six faces,” because he can look in any direction, including the East, West, North, South, Sky, and Earth.
The five forms of Shiva (known as Panchatakra Shiva) and one form of Uma Devi (the Hindu goddess of compassion) combine to form the six-faced deity.
Fact #3. Lord Murugan and the Peacock
Lord Murugan is often depicted riding on a peacock, which is said to represent the triumph of good over evil.
The legend states that the demon transformed into a tree after challenging Lord Subramanyar (Murugan) to a battle. In a single swoop, Subramanyar’s mighty Vel sliced the tree in half.
From one branch He fashioned a rooster to serve as His symbol, and from the other branch, He fashioned a peacock to serve as Vahana.
The peacock is also associated with vanity, and it is believed that Lord Murugan’s association with the peacock symbolizes the importance of humility and self-control.
Fact #4. Lord Murugan And The Five Elements
Lord Murugan is said to be the master of the five elements: earth, water, fire, air, and ether. This is said to symbolize his ability to control and balance the forces of nature
For a simpler interpretation I can make you understand this symbolism with this example:
Imagine you’re playing a video game, and you have to level up to reach the boss. Think of each level as a different part of yourself, and the boss as the ultimate version of yourself.
Now, picture each level as one of the five elements in nature: earth, water, fire, air, and ether. When you level up through all five of these elements, you reach the sixth level, the ultimate level, which is like pure consciousness.
This sixth level is like Lord Kartikeya, and he represents the ultimate version of yourself, like the boss in the video game.
Like in the game, when you level up through all six chakras within you and stabilize at the sixth chakra, it blossoms as Lord Kartikeya (THE GURU).
Fact #5. Lord Murugan’s Six Abodes
Lord Murugan is said to have six different abodes or temples, which are located in different parts of India and this is the most least known fact about Lord Murugan.
In the ancient time of the Sangam, a poet named Nakeerar sang praises for Lord Muruga, the Lord of War. The famous Tirumurugartrupadai was one of these works. It talked about the six holy places where Lord Muruga’s presence was felt the most.
These temples include the Palani Temple in Tamil Nadu, the Swamimalai Temple in Tamil Nadu, the Thiruthani Temple in Tamil Nadu, the Pazhamudircholai Temple in Tamil Nadu, the Thiruchendur Temple in Tamil Nadu, and the Thirupparankundram Temple in Tamil Nadu.
By understanding the interesting facts about Lord Murugan, we can gain a deeper appreciation for this powerful deity and his teachings.
Let us take inspiration from Lord Murugan’s courage and strength and strive to bring peace, prosperity, and harmony to our lives. And may Lord Murugan bless you with all peace and prosperity.
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