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Skanda in Tamil and Sanskrit Literature
Beliefs and Legends >>Shiva, Shakti, Skanda
Abodes of Skanda

Ancient tamil literature eulogizes Skanda. The tamil work Tirumurugatruppadai by Nakkeerar of the Sangam period reveres the 6 padai veedu shrines of Skanda. It is thus interesting to note, that the city of Madurai (the home of the Tamil Sangam) has held the Murugan shrine at  Tirupparankunram in special regard for about 2000 years!

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The Tamil works Akanaanooru and Puranaanooru of the Sangam period also refer to some of the abodes of Skanda such as Tiruchendur. Interestingly, even the Silappadikaaram refers to Tiruchendur and Tiruchengode (enshrining Ardhanareeswarar and Chengottuvelavar) as abodes of Murugan.

The Skanda Puranam in sanskrit narrates legends related to Skanda and Shiva. Subramanya Bhujangam in sanskrit, composed by Aadi Sankara in the later half of the 1st millennium CE revers Subramanya (enshrined at Tiruchendur).

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Kalidasa's Kumara Sambhavam - composed in Central India again in mid 1st millennium CE describes the story of the birth of Skanda. The Tamil version of Skanda Puranam was created by Kachiappa Sivacharyar of Kumara Kottam at Kanchipuram.

Arunagirinathar of the 15th century CE is the composer of Tiruppugazh - a collection of hymns dedicated to Skanda in various temples across the length and breadth of the state of Tamilnadu. His works Tiruppugazh and Kandar Anubhooti are held in great regard by the Tamils. Other recent works such as the Skanda Sashti Kavacham and the Skanda Guru Kavacham are also used in worship.