Skanda is one of the most revered
forms of Divinity in the southern state of Tamilnadu. Skanda is known as Murugan
- the God of the Tamils, and as Subramanyan, Balasubramanian,
Saravanan, Kumaran, Guhan, Shanmukhan or Aarumugan (the six
faced one), Velayudhan and Kartikeyan. The name Murugan
is synonymous with the language Tamil and the concept of beauty Azhagu.
There are several temples to Murugan
all over the state of Tamilnadu (as in Palani,
Tiruchendur etc.) and prominent
shrines in Shiva temples (as in Sikkal
and Vaideeswaran Koyil) and at least one
shrine in all Saivite temples throughout the state.
Prominent shrines to Skanda in the
neighboring southern states include Haripad and Udayanapuram
in Kerala, Subrahmanya in
Karnataka and the modern Skandagiri temple in Secundrabad - Andhra