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The divine creation of Lord Subrahmanya, also known as Skanda (or Kanda, in Tamil), Karthikeya or Murugan, to alleviate the sufferings of the Devas is believed to have occurred on Vaikasi Visakam. Every year, Vaikasi Visakam is observed as the birthday of Lord Subrahmanya, during the Tamil month of Vaikasi ( Mid May ? June ). (Visakam is one of the 27 Nakshatras). Lord Muruga has got six faces. He casts his sight in six directions -- east, west, north, south, sky and earth. The five faces of Lord Siva along with the Face of Goddess Uma Devi became the six faces. Arumugam (Six faces) denotes Panchaatcharam, the five letters of Pranavam. The sixth face that can be visualized only by the wise men is 'Atho mugam'. The five senses lead to the sixth sense which is represented by 'Atho mugam'. Goddess Uma Devi blesses people with the comforts of this world. Lord Siva blesses people with the comforts of the other world. But Lord Arumuga blesses people with the comforts of both the worlds. Lord Muruga, the God of Nature, directs Nature, thereby safeguarding all the living creatures in it. Let us all worship Lord Muruga, the God of Nature, the beauty incarnate and be blessed with everlasting youthfulness, wisdom and divinity by Him!


The festival Vaikasi Visaka is observed on the day when the asterism Visaka (Libra) rules in the month of Vaikasai, also called Vaisakha, corresponding to the English months of May-June. It is a full moon day. Visagam Natchathiram is Lord Murugan's Natchathiram. The day is also said to be one on which Lord Subrahmanya was incarnated in this world, making it doubly important and meritorious.
Lord Muruga's Birthday is celebrated in the month of Vaikasi ( May - June) when the Full Moon coincides with the Vishaka star. Vaikasi Visakam is said to be the day when Lord Muruga incarnated in this world with the mission of saving earth from demons. The day should make us free from bondages of our sins and leads us to a peaceful life.

The birth of Muruga. This legend narrates the story of the destruction of Kaama by Shiva and the birth of Skanda. Sakthi, the consort of Shiva immolated herself at the site of the Daksha Yagna, which was later destroyed by Shiva. Sakthi was reborn as Uma, or Parvati the daughter of the mountain king Himavaan (the Himalayas). Shiva withdrew himself from the universe and engaged himself in yogic meditation in the Himalayas.

In the meanwhile, the demon Surapadma ravaged the earth and tormented its beings. It was realized by the gods that only the son born of Shiva and Parvati could lead the gods to victory over Tarakaasuran, Surapadman and their demon companions. They plotted with Kaama, the lord of desire, to shoot a flower arrow at Shiva, as he sat in meditation, so as to make him fall in love with Parvati. When Kaama aimed his arrow at Shiva, he opened his third eye and burned him to ashes instantly. Upon hearing the pleas of Kama's wife Rati, he brought back Kama to life, in flesh and blood for her sake, and in a formless state for others. His penance disturbed, Shiva fell in love with Parvathi. However, the sparks of the fiery seed of Shiva were unbearable; even the fire God Agni could not bear them; this fire was then transported by the river Ganga into the Sara Vana forest, where Sara Vana Bhava was born. He was raised by the six Kartika damsels. Parvati combined these six babies into one with six faces, ie. Shanmukha. Shanmukha, or Kartikeya the supreme general of the devas, led the army of the devas to victory against the demons. The six sites at which Kartikeya sojourned while leading his armies against Surapadman are Tiruttanikai, Swamimalai, Tiruvavinankudi (Palani), Pazhamudirsolai, Tirupparamkunram and Tiruchendur.

*How to observe *In our traditional homes, Vaikasi Visakam is celebrated with a special puja (with Sahasranama Archanai-1008 names) to Lord Murugan and Sarkarai Pongal. ‘Kanda Sashti Kavacham’, ‘Subrahmanya Bhujangam’ and Shanmukha Kavasam (all in praise of the Lord) are read with all devotion. It is the firm belief of devotees that these Kavasams are real armour to protect them from the evil spirits and evil-doers.

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