Today is the last day of Kandhar Shashti and the worse thing was I came to know about it only yesterday! I have been eating non-veg without knowing Kandhar Shashti was going on! :( - Ok since Lord Murugan and his Divine Father understand me very well, its fine! They wouldnt mind ;) So let us all read about Lord Muruga now :)
Murugan in Tamil comes from the Tamil word 'murugu' which is said to connote the six qualities: Beauty, Freshness, Fragrance, Sweetness, Divinity, Joy. He is meditated upon by the six-lettered mantra ‘sa-ra-va-na-bha-va’ . The six syllables connote Him who manifested as a personification of Auspiciousness, Light, Splendour, Bounty, Purity and Infinite Prowess. Saravana-bhava therefore means the one who is a combination of all these. The Chandogya-upanishad speaks of Skanda as the Supreme Being. The word Subrahmanya itself means the one who originated from Brahman in joy and is inseparable from the Bliss of the ultimate Reality. God Subrahmanya is primarily the preceptor who imparts the highest knowledge. His six faces confer the light of wisdom, grace, austerity, mantra-sakti, victory over evil, and love. The six hills which are especially sacred to him are signified by the six chakras in the human body through which the kundalini rises to travel to the Supreme.
Kandhar Anubhuthi sung by Saint Arunagirinathar is a beauty. It had such an impact on me. For eg., check out this verse:
Verse 51 of Kandhar Anubhuthi :
Uruvaai Aruvaai Ulathaai Ilaathai
Maruvaai Malaraai Maniyaai Oliyaai
Karuvaai Uiraai Gathiyaai Vidhiyaai
Guruvaai Varuvaai Arulvaai Gugane
"With form and formless, what is not and what is,
Flower and fragrance, gem and radiance,
Body and Soul, Salvation and rules of righteousness,
O Lord Who comes as Guru! O Guha! Bestow Thy Grace."
"O Almight Lord Guha! O Supreme Being Whom comes with form and
without form, as what is and what is not, as flower and its
fragrance, as gem and its radiance, as body (universe) and soul
(universal spirit) that pervades and animates, as the rules of
righteousness and Moksha, and as the Guru! Bestow Thy Grace on all"
This verse is a spontaneous and ecstatic outpouring of Saint Arunagirinathar's highest experience of God, composed in a simple, melodious and majestic syle which lulls one into a spiritual mood even as one recites it.
If you would like to read about Saint Arunagirinathar, please do visit this link: