Saravana Bhava

Om Saravana Bhava

A BOOK ON LORD MURUGA

! Om Gam Ganapathaye Namaha ! ! Om Sharavana Bhava !

Dedicated to Satguru Sharavana Baba aka Shri Murali Krishna Swamigal.

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CHAPTER ONE: The Legend of Muruga

 

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Great story… A comprehensive understanding of the glory of the infinite Lord Muruga. The spectacular legend of his birth. The battle with Tarakasuran and Surapadman. Various names of Murugan i.e. Shanmukha, Subrahmanya, Karthikeya, Guha Velayudha, Swaminatha and their meaning. Short stories and great saints of Murugan tradition. Aaru-padai Veedu, six abodes, various temples and their history, festivals, rituals, worship and importance of symbols of Lord Murugan. Esoteric meaning behind Murugan worship and a spiritual view in everyday life.

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The God Of Tamils – Lord Muruga

As it is with any deity or divine presence in Hindu scriptures, Lord Muruga is an omnipotent God whose glorious history can be traced back through multiple Hindu scriptures. The Vedas and Puranas have different interpretations about how Lord Muruga came into being or existence and if literature is included as evidence for His wonderful and awe inspiring incarnation then the conflicting historical accounts increase in number. However, what remains true is the essence of his birth and subsequent endeavors leading to the common belief through the (Sanatana dharma) Hindu religion that anyone who prays to Lord Muruga and keeps fast on specified days shall have all his wishes granted and sins pardoned.

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What can be summarized from all ancient scriptures is that Lord Muruga or Saravana is the son of Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati. According to various scriptures, this is the factual resemblance in the story of Lord Muruga.

Puranic Version Of (Saravana) Lord Muruga’s Birth

Lord Shiva, also called as the destroyer of the ego, one who keeps balance and destroys (in the cycle of creation – preservation – destruction) when necessary, is said to be awakened by Lord Kama, the God of Love, from a deep trance in order to attract his attention and get him to marry Devi Parvati. Devi Parvati is a rebirth of Devi Sati, the first wife of Lord Shiva and hence, culminates in the birth of a child God. According to this historical account by the Puranas, Lord Shiva was indulged in a never ending meditational trance as the consequence of his first love, Devi Sati sacrificing herself in protest of her husband’s moral desecration by her own father, Lord Daksha.

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Around the same time, a powerful entity known as Taraka, who was blessed with immortality grew more cruel and evil. He had a boon from Lord Brahma that only a true son of Lord Shiva can destroy his immortal life form. He became unbearable for his evil actions towards the demi gods and deities on Earth. They consorted with Lord Kama, the lord of Love, and thus Lord Shiva was awakened, or at least his third eye was when it sensed Kama readying his bow with an arrow of flowers aimed at him. Lord Shiva’s third eye burnt down Kama and the effluence of this fire could not be handled due to its enormous potential for destruction. Being fire, it was handed over to the God of Fire, Agni who himself had trouble dealing with Shiva’s effluence. Ultimately, the fire was carried upstream the River Ganges by its protector and diety, Devi Ganga to the Sharavana (pond of reeds) Pond, where it transformed into six beautiful babies on red lotus leaves. Devi Parvati upon learning of the same embraced the babies that transformed the bodies fusing together only to leave a beautiful child with six faces and twelve arms, thus arising as Lord Muruga.

The Literary Depiction Of Lord Muruga’s Birth

There are distinct similarities in the accounts of Sanskrit (North Indian) literature and Sangam (South Indian) literature with that of the Puranas except that the asura or evil demi God in the story was Surapadman. Most other aspects of this historical recount of Lord Muruga’s birth remains true. Another addition to the story suggests that Lord Muruga or Saravana became the leader for the demi god army on Earth after marrying with Devasena, the daughter of Lord Indra to lead the devas to a victory over Surapadman. Lord Sri Krishna states in Srimad Bhagavatam – that among Generals – HE is also the commander in chief of the army of Deva’s as Lord Muruga. Lord Muruga or Saravana is also said to have pardoned his own enemy on the battlefield after his enemies defeat keeping him close to his side in the form of a peacock as his carrier and a cock as his symbol.

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Saravana is known by many names equaling his omnipotent nature. He is believed to be the child of Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati, two of the most revered deities in Hindu scriptures. Almost all Tamil folks strongly believe in Lord Muruga and pray regularly to appease his attention towards their worries and problems. He is mostly revered in South India, primarily in Tamil Nadu but there are numerous places spread across southern Asia where he is praised, prayed and rejoiced on the day of Karthigai (The Pleiades constellation meeting with a Purnima or Full moon) namely, Mauritius, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and the Reunion Islands.

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Lord Muruga or Saravana is mostly referred to as the God of Tamils and rightly so. Millions of Tamils each year give homage and offer prayers, gifts and praises for Lord Muruga on the Karthigai star day although the Karthigai star day is less associated with Lord Muruga and more closely linked with Lady Parvati and the six Karthigai maids. However, it is believed that prayers to the Karthigai maids shall appease Lord Muruga since they were the primary (mothers) caretakers for the six babies who culminated in the formation of Lord Muruga.

Lord Muruga or Saravana is also spoken of in the Sanskrit literature, prominently seen in the works of Kautilya’s Arthashastra, Patanjali and Kalidasa’s works. He is known and worshipped in pockets of North India with the Karthigai day holding slightly less prominence.

Significance Of Lord Muruga

Lord Muruga is the destroyer of the Asura, Surapadman. His significance is not in the battle itself – rather how he chose to end the battle. Lord Muruga, the leader of the army of Devas or Devasenapati, chose to forgive his adversary in battle after having him cornered. When all the Asura’s comrades had fallen, the Asura disguised himself as a Mango tree upon which, the Lord set gaze his most powerful weapon, the Vel (a gift from his mother, Devi Parvati) slicing the tree apart into two pieces one of which miraculously transformed into a peacock and the other half into a cock. Against all the wishes and requests of the Devas and Deities, Lord Muruga gracefully accepted the two sentient beings as part of his own self – choosing the peacock to become his carrier and the cock to become his symbol or mascot. That is the reason why Sharavana is depicted in most temples and scriptures across the globe as being seated or protected by a peacock and carrying a flag with a cock as the insignia.

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Lord Muruga on a Peacock

The significance of this particular event in Lord Muruga’s life resounds through all literary works and ancient sacred Hindu scriptures in one form or another. Lord Muruga (Saravana / Sharavana) , the second son of Lord Shiva is revered for this particular event in his life. In fact, it is probably because of this act of forgiveness and supreme benevolence that devotees of Lord Muruga truly believe on fasting through certain days devoted to Lord Saravana in the hopes of having their prayers answered by the Lord. After all, what are human wishes in front of the Lord when He is capable of showing such mercy and compassion for his own immortal and powerful enemies?

Other Names Of Lord Muruga (Saravana)

Some of the other names by which Saravana is better known as include Karthigeyan, Kumaran, Kaangeyan, Vishagan, Subramanian, Mayilavahanan, Soorasankaran, Devasenapathy, Saravanabavan, Vallimanallan and many more. Each name is associated with either his incarnations or his characters. According to his actions, historical significance, or great features, He is rightfully given a name.

Subramanya Ashtottara – 108 names of Lord Muruga

Lord Muruga’s Mantra Om Sharavanabavaaya Namaha

!!Om Gana Ganapathaye Namaha!!

!!Om Skandaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Guhaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Shanmukhaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Phalanetrasutaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Prabhave namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Pingalaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Kritikasunave namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Sikivahanaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Dvisadbhujaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Dvisannetraya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Shaktidharaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Pisitasaprabhamjanaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Tarakasurasamharine namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Rakshobalavimardhanaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Mattaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Pramattaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Unmattaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Surasainyasuraksakaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Devasenapataye namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Prajnaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Kripalave namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Bhaktavatsalaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Umasutaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Shaktidharaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Kumaraya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Kraunchadharanaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Senanyai namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Agnijanmane namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Vishakhaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Shankaratmajaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Shivasvamine namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Svaminathaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Sarvasvamine namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Sanatanaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Anantasaktaye namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Aksobhyaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Parvatipriyanandanaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Gangasutaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Sarodbhutaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Pavakatmajaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Ganasvamine namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Atmabhuve namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Jrumbhaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Prajrumbhaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Ujjrumbhaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Kamalasanasamstutaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Ekavarnaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Dvivarnaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Trivarnaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Sumanoharaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Chaturvarnaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Panchavarnaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Prajapataye namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Aharpataye namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Agnigarbhaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Samigarbhaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Visvaretase namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Surarighnaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Harodvarnaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Shubhakarayanamah!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Vasavaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Vatuvesabhrte namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Pusne namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Gabhastine namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Gahanaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Chandravarnaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Kaladharaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Mayadharaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Mahamayine namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Kaivalyaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Sakalatmakaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Visvayonaye namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Ameyatmane namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Tejonidhaye namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Anamayaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Paramesthine namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Parabrahmane namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Vedagharbayanamah!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Viradvapusenamah!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Pulindakanyabharte namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Mahasarasvatavrtaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Asritakhiladatre namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Choraghnaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Roganasanaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Anantamurtaye namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Anandaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Sikhandikritaketanaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Dhambhaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Paramadhambhaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Mahadhambaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Vrisakapaye namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Karanopattadehaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Karanatitavigrahaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Anisvaraya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Amrutaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Pranaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Pranayamaparayanaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Viruddhahantre namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Viraghnaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Raktashyamagalaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Mahate namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Subrahmanyaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Guhaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Brahmanyaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Vamsavriddhikaraya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Brahmanapriyaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Akshayaphalapradaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!
!!Om Vedavedhyaya namaha!!Om Sharavana Bhava!!

Iti Shree Subrahmanya Ashtottara Shatanaamavali Samaptam

Om Saravana Bhava.