Geetanjali

Kavachams on Subrahmanya

The Skanda Shashti Kavacham and Subramanya Swami Kavacham.

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Kavachams on Subrahmanya

The Skanda Shashti Kavacham and Subramanya Swami Kavacham.

Skanda Shashti Kavacham is a song composed in Tamil by Devaraya Swamigal (a student of Meenakshi Sundaram Pillai) on Lord Muruga (Subrahmanya) at Chennimalai near Erode. Skanda Shashti Kavacham occupies a popular stature among them though it was composed in the 19th century. In Skanda Shashti Kavacham, the author prays to Lord Muruga to shower his grace. It is said that regular chanting of this song causes all the predicaments of life to be resolved, and that chanting the full song 36 times a day will bring wealth.

Shashti (the sixth day) is the day that Lord Subramanya defeated the demon Soorapadman. Soorapadman was the son of the rishi Kashyapa and an asura princess, Maya, who enchanted Kashyapa into marrying her.

Soorapadman and his two other brothers received a boon from Lord Shiva that protected him from death at the hands of anyone apart from a being manifested from Lord Shiva Himself. Believing that this gave him immortality, Soorapadman began tormenting people.

Enraged with his actions, Lord Shiva is said to have created Lord Muruga from the flames emanating from his Third Eye on his forehead (symbolizing the eye of wisdom). Receiving the vel (lance) from Parvati, Muruga set forward to fight Soorapadman.

On the fifth day, Soorapadman comes to see Lord Muruga and is shown the Vishwaroopam. Only Soorapadman and Arjuna (in the Mahabharata) have seen a Vishwaroopam and are consided to be very lucky to have witnessed one. Soorapadman faced the son of Shiva in battle and was defeated. As a last stand when all his illusions failed him, Soorapadman became a mango tree in the hope of escaping death at the hands of young Muruga. His illusion was brought to light when Muruga split the tree in two with his divine lance. One half of the tree became the peacock that is Lord Muruga's vahana (vehicle), and the other half became the cockerel that is on the Lord's flag.

The devas, who were tormented by Soorapadman, rejoiced—they praised the Lord and prayed to him for six days. Devotees usually narrate the Skanda Shashti Kavacham during this period. Whoever fasts for these six days of Skanda Shashti and prays to Lord Muruga steadfastly, it is said that they would get the blessings of Lord Muruga. Those who are unable to fast all day for a six-day duration, can eat just one meal during this period.

Source: Wikipedia

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