I made an earlier posting on an ancient Murugan Temple located on Chengam Road. There are several other notable Murugan Temples and hillside Shrines dedicated to this God, here at Tiruvannamalai.
The oldest Tamil hymns refer to the Sri Murugan as God of of the Hilly regions, the God of the tribes of hunters—Velan (He who carries a vel or spear), and shrines dedicated to him are often found on rocky hills all around Tamil Nadu.
One such shrine is on the top of a hillock off Perumbakkam Road. The shrine can be accessed in under five minutes by hiking up a small rocky pathway. For the little energy expended darshan from the top of the hillock is superb and a big favourite to those who know the area.
The spear Lord Murugan holds in his hand, is an emblem of power and indicates that He is the ruler of the Universe. His vehicle is the peacock which he rides, thus signifying that He has conquered pride, egoism and vanity. There is a cobra under His feet, which signifies that He is absolutely fearless, immortal and wise.
|Arunachala Darshan from Shrine Hillock|
As Lord Murugan is regarded as God of the mountains, so too Lord Vishnu is worshipped as God of the Forests, Lord Indra as God of agricultural land, Lord Varuna as God of costal regions and Lord Kali as God of desert regions.
|Outcrop known as Anjaneya's Rock|
Some of Sri Murugan’s other names are: Lord Subramanya, Skanda, Kumaresa, Kartikeya, Shanmukha, Guha and Velayudhan. Lord Subramanya is a ray born of the Divine Consciousness of Lord Siva. Valli and Deivayanai are His two wives who represent the power of action and the power of knowledge.
|Vel in front of Shrine|
Lord Murugan is an aspect of the Divine easily accessible in this age of ignorance and lack of faith. He gives material and spiritual prosperity and success to His devotees, if they show even the smallest devotion to Him.
|One view of unspoilt countryside|
The six most sacred abodes of Lord Murugan known as (Aarupadai Veedu), situated in Tamil Nadu, are: Tirupparamkunram, Tiruchendur, Thiruvaivanankudi, Swamimalai, Thiruthani, Pazhamudircholai with Marudamalai often considered to be a seventh abode.
|The now closed rock quarry off Perumbakkam road|
For a fascinating in-depth narrative about Skanda, the elegant war-god son of Shiva Go to this link here.
|Growing urbanisation of Tiruvannamalai|