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  • Kumarakottam Brahmasastha Subramanya Swamy Temple
  • Kumarakottam Brahmasastha Subramanya Swamy Temple
  • Kumarakottam Brahmasastha Subramanya Swamy Temple
  • Kumarakottam Brahmasastha Subramanya Swamy Temple

Kanchi Kumarakottam Brahmasastha Subramanya Swamy Temple Kanchipuram Tamilnadu


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Description
The Subramanyam Swamy Temple is located in Kanchipuram. It is dedicated to the Hindu god of war, Murugan. The temple is also known as the Kumarakottam Temple. Murugan is also the son of Shiva and Parvati.
History
This ancient temple was rebuilt in 1915. The Murugan temple is located between the temples of his parents - the Ekambareswarar Temple dedicated to Shiva and the Kamakshi Amman Temple dedicated to Kamakshi, an aspect of Parvati. A popular festival held here is Skanda Shashti (in November), 6th day of bright half of the lunar month named after Murugan, also known as Skanda (Kanda in Tamil). During the month of Kartigai (November-December) between the darker half and the brighter half of Moon, celebrations are held in the temple where a lot of lamps are lit in the temple.
Importance/Significance
According to Kandapuranam, the Tamil version of the Skanda Purana, it states that Murugan had imprisoned the creator-god Brahma here for the latter's ignorance of Om, the Sanskrit single syllable mantra which is sacred in Hinduism and himself assumed the role of the creator in this place. However, Murugan's father Shiva had ordered him to release Brahma. When Murugan realized his mistake in not obeying his father's instruction, he did penance before a Linga, which subsequently was worshipped by the name of Devasenapatisar, literally, the Lord who was worshipped by Devasenapati (an epithet of Murugan as the commander-in-chief of the gods). In another version it is said that the penitent Brahma is said to have been released by Shiva after he worshipped Murugan after learning his lessons in humility.
Facts/Mythology
It is mythological that Lord Brahma, who was punished by the Lord Muruga for his mindset to ignore of the significance of pranava mantra that was considered very important and critical. Soon after that, Muruga dedicated all creation duties of Brahma. Later in this temple, Lord Muruga incarnated himself in the dedicated form of sanctum in the Brahmasta that gave its name to be the Brahmasastha Subramanian temple.It is a trustworthy fact to be believed that all devotees in the Kanchipuram side, with all the deities partake in the processions during the festive occasions and celebrations prior to the Kumara Kottam temple without any creed, caste or religious discriminations. There was a famous scholar named Arunagirinathar who had composed the Skanda in praise of Lord Muruga is also residing close to these temple surroundings. It is also believed that the early 20th century saint Pamban Swamigal was paving way to locate the temple was assisted by the Lord Muruga because of his trusty devotion.
Festivals/Events/Gatherings
A popular festival held here is Skanda Shashti (in November), 6th day of bright half of the lunar month named after Murugan, also known as Skanda (Kanda in Tamil). During the month of Kartigai (November-December) between the darker half and the brighter half of Moon, celebrations are held in the temple when a very large number of lamps are lit in the temple. The worship in the temple is scheduled six times daily. In every lunar month on the days of the rising star of Krittika (as per Hindu Calendar) festival is held in the temple when very large number of devotees offer prayers to the deity. Each temple in Kanchipuram celebrates the Brahma festival, as Brahmotsavam, when processions of gods are held in the morning and evening hours.
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