Skandha Sashti Kavacham And Skandha Guru Kavacham

Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan


About this album

Skandha Sashti Kavacham and Skanda Guru Kavacham are two very popular Tamil devotionals on Lord Muruga. This devotional album recited by Sulamangalam sisters became popular and are still one of the best sellers.

Prostrations and humble salutations to Lord Subramanya, the Supreme Being, who is the ruler of this universe, who is the indweller of our hearts, who is the second son of Lord Shiva, who is the beloved of Valli and Deivayani, who bestows boons easily on His devotees, who is an embodiment of power, wisdom, love and bliss.

Lord Subramanya is an incarnation of Lord Shiva. All incarnations are manifestations of the one Supreme Lord. Lord Subramanya and Lord Krishna are one.

Lord Krishna says in the Gits: '.... of army generals, I am Skanda'. The Lord manifests Himself from time to time in various names and forms, for the sake of establishing righteousness and subduing the wicked.

Skanda Sashti falls in November. It is the day on which Lord Subramanya defeated the demon, Taraka. Great festivals are held on this day with great pomp and grandeur. Devotees also do Bhajan and Kirtan on grand scale. Thousands are fed sumptuously. Many incurable diseases are cured if one visits Palani and worships the Lord there. In South India, Lord Subramanya Lilas are dramatized on stage. Inaddition to the Skanda Sashti, devotees of Lord Subramanya observe weekly and monthly days in His honor. Every Friday, or the Kartigai Nakshatram day every month, or the 6th day of the month of Tulam (October - November) is the most auspicious of them all. This is the Skanda Sashti day.

In many places the festival commences six days prior to the sashti itself and concludes on the day of the Sashti. During these days, people read and recite various hymns and stories connected with Lord Subramanya. They worship the Lord and take Kavadi. They go on pilgrimages to the various Subramanya shrines. The famous Nakkerar has composed the Tirumurukatrpadai in His praise. He who studies this famous work daily, with devotion and faith, gets certain success in life, peace and prosperity. The Tiruppugal is another famous book in Tamil, which contains the inspiring devotional songs of Arunagirinathar in praise of Lord Subramanya. The Kavadichindu songs are also in praise of the Lord. The Skanda Sashti Kavacham is another famous hymn in praise of Lord Subramnaya, and is sung particularly on festive occasions.


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