Murugan…Aryan or Dravidian Deity?


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Tamil people take pride in naming Murugan a Tamil Kadavul. Their love for this particular deity is high and he is the most worshiped god in Tamil Nadu. His popularity is very high in south unlike north. The concept of Murugan as Tamil Kadavul is even expressed in latest film Billa in ‘Seval Kodi’ song.

Now let us make a small survey of names used to denote Murugan,

  • Kandha (dervative of Sanskrit word Skanda)
  • Subramaniyan(Sanskrit form Subhramanya)
  • Saravana(One who is born in Sara Vana, where Vana means forest)
  • Kumaran(which means younger one in Sanskrit)
  • Shanmuha (one with six faces in Sanskrit)
  • Karthikeya (also Sanskrit orgin)

As you see all the names is either Sanskrit or Sanskrit derivatives.

Let us now see his orgin, He is son of Shiva, Parvathi and brother of Ganesha.

So what are the elements which make him a real Tamil Kadavul?

What is the Myth as we know?

The basic Myth we know is as follows :

  • Shiva created Murugan to kill Curan.
  • He was born as six children and later integrated into one.
  • He arrested Brahma and taught Veda to Shiva in Swamimalai.
  • He fought for Gyana Palam and became an Aandi(saint) and stood on Palani hills.
  • He received his Vel from Parvathi in Sirakali
  • He destroyed Curan in Thiruchentur.
  • He freed the Devas and in turn got married to Indra’s Daughter Theivanai in Thiruthani. Fell in love and married Valli in Palamudhirsolai
  • Settled in Thriparankundram as Deity with two wives.

This myth is standard myth known to all Tamilians and explains the concept of Arupadai vedu(Concept of six sacred houses/Temples).

How does it differ from Northern Myth?

  • The Atharva Veda describes Kumaran as ‘Agnibhuh’ or son of Agni, the fire god.
  • The Satapatha Brahmana refers to him as the son of Rudra and the ninth form of Agni. Unbarable to bear handle the heat , the sisu was split into six and put in the Pond in Sara Vana (Saravana Poigai).
  • He is brought up as six children and later in fight with Indra he was combined as one person with six heads.
  • He lead the army of Gods(Devas) to defeat Taraka.
  • He is an eternal Bachelor or he is married to Devasena, which means army of gods.
  • His weapon was raging fire , since he was a form of Agni.
  • He is eternally young god
  • He has attributes of attributes of being a teacher (The Chandogya Upanishad refers to Skanda as the “way that leads to wisdom”)
  • Myth of Skanda arresting Brahma also comes up.

Some important points to be noted here are:

  • Skanda is not son of Shiva.
  • He has no mother.
  • He is an eternal bachelor.
  • He doesn’t have a weapon called Vel.
  • There is no mention of Valli.

What was the Early Tamil myth?

There is no structured myth in Tamil for Murugan, but from various Sangam sources and archeological evidence and by inference, Murugan had the following features and attributes:

  • Eternal youth and beauty
  • Prowess in hunt and fighting
  • Prowess in love making (like Kama in Sanskrit)
  • Ability to enter and possess human beings
  • Red colour
  • Vel as his main weapon
  • Connection with animals like peacock, cock ,elephant and possibly goat and snake
  • Slayer of enemy cur ,representing fear ,terror and anxiety
  • Love for and union with Valli
  • Son of Mother goddess Korravai.

So here you see Murugan has a mother and not a bachelor. He has lover Vali, the daughter of mountain chief with whom he makes sexual union. He is also god of love and victory.

How was he worshiped in Early Tamilnadu?

  • He was believed to posses Katampu tree , hence the name Kadamban
  • He also possessed young women.
  • His priest was known as Velan.
  • Murugan was believed to posses Velan and give blessings to people.
  • He was worshiped by a form of Dance called Veriyatu.
  • He was also god of mountainous region Kurunji.
  • He was worshiped as slayer of evil and terror Cur, which later became Curan.
  • He was also believed to be god of Love, and often quoted in Sangam literature for his interludes with Valli.

The Integration:

Integration of Dravidian Murugan and Aryan Skanda has taken place when Pallavas came to Tamil Nadu. The Brahmins have spearheaded this integration.

Some important points in the integrated form:

  • The similar traits of both gods are eternal youth and destruction of evil.
  • The Aryan god had a father but no mother and Dravidian god has mother but no father.
  • The Dravidian mother Korravai was identified with Kali, Durga or Amman as early as Sangam age.
  • Since Kali /Durga were identified with Parvati the consort of Shiva, Murugan was identified as son of Shiva.
  • Taraka the asura in Aryan version was made brother of Surapadman(later name of Cur,Curan)
  • The eternal bachelor who was married to Devasena(Army of god) was changed to God with two wife to accommodate Valli, which was very famous tradition among Tamil .
  • Devasena was comfortably converted to Theivanai(Devayanai- Tamil myth says she was brought up by Ayiravatham the elephant of Indra – hence Deva yanai instead of Deva Sena or Deva Senai) a Brahmin girl and daughter of Indra.
  • The myth also was made up to represent two kind of marriage, Kalavu – love marriage (a Tamil/Dravidian tradition- Valli and Murugan) and Karpu – arranged marriage (Brahmin tradition- Theivanai and Murugan).
  • The fire weapon of North was replaced with Vel which is South Indian tradition.
  • Murugan as a mountain god is still maintained with all his temples situated on or near mountains.

When does the current myth come into Tamil Nadu?

  • The first textual evidence of Murugan as on of Shiva appears in Silapadikaram(4th Century AD).
  • The whole myth was first explained in Thirumurgatrupadai by Nakkirar(7-9th Century AD)
  • Final form of myth we know was written by Kasiappa Civasariyar in Kanthapuranam(14th Century AD)
  • Even in Kanthapuranam , Palani was not mentioned and surrounding myth of Gyana Palam was not included.
  • The standard Myth we know about Murugan was only written in 14 th century by Kasiappa Civacariyar a Brahmin priest at Kanchipuram.

How did the myth enter North India?

  • The myth of Muruga as we know was first written in Sanksirt sources in Sivapurana.
  • Sivapuranas were composed around 9-10th Century AD by Sanskrit scholars of south and it was heavily influenced by the Bakthi movement prevalent in south.
  • Unlike south, the North Indian myth says that Karthikeya was elder to Ganesha.
  • The popularity of Karthikeya is also not much in North India.

This is very brief essay to outline the process of Skanda – Muruga integration. There some evidences which has come up recently to indicate Murugan might be Pre Historic god and an inherited God of Tamil people rather than an indigenous deity. My next essay would be on his Pre Historic origins.


  • Tamil Traditions on Subrahmanya-Murugan by Kamil Zvelebil.
  • Tiru Murugan by Kamil Zvelebil.
  • Tamil Kandhapuranam by Kamil Zvelebil.

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  1. Fantastic, stunning and enlightening…

    I must commend you on the analysis and research done.

    Good work keep it up! 🙂

  2. nice analysis! tamil natta porutha varai mallaila irukara kovil ellam muruganukudaiyathu illaiya? tirupathi oru kalathilla nama tamil natla irunthathu! athuvum muthala murugan kovilaka irunthu pinpu matrapatathu endru padithen! i don’t remember the book name! what do u say about it?

  3. I have not read in detail about it , but have heard about it. I cannot speculate on it. They Usually say Thircendur is permual kovil because its near sea…. and Thirupathi is Murugan koil because its on mountain. But we have very very early record that Thirucendur is a sacred place for Murugan (as early as 1BC to 1 AD). So Thirucendur is surely not a perumal koil as speculated.
    But I have not read any thing about Thirupathi as of now….but there is a literature available…If I read it I can form an opinion about it. As of now my opinion is …it might be just a speculation.
    SIlapadigaram says Thiruvenkadam is Perumal Koil.Silapadigaram is 4th century AD. So any early lit should be reviewed.

  4. Appreciate the good work…
    However rig veda is not the only sanskrit literature on muruga that can lead to think that the aryans did not regard him as the son of shiva… Kalidasa’s ‘kumara sambhavam’ which dates back to period before nakkeerar describes the birth of muruga, from drops of rudra’s semen, which were burning like raging fire and cooled on reaching the holy waters.
    He is the son of shiva – parvati, but not born of parvati’s womb , instead only out of shiva….
    Continuing on those lines, even ganesha was given life only through parvati and did not involve shiva… but that cannot lead us to think that he is not the son of shiva. Traditionally, it is believed that, those born out of womb are subject to the cycle of birth and death and hence gods aren’t born that way!
    Yes, the legend of valli is something specific to dravidian traditions…

  5. @ second and third comment-
    I have not heard/read anything about any controversy on thiruchendur. However the controversy on tirupati is more deep rooted and can’t be attributed merely to it’s location on a hill.
    Some facts-
    1. On the four corners of the main sanctum, one sees lions facing upwards and guarding, which is not a feature of vaishnavaite traditions.
    2. The shanka and chakra look as though standing on two separate rivets, which could have easily been attached to an existing idol. This is not the case generally with other idols like varadaraja of kanchipuram or shri vaikuntam.
    3. Also, this could be likely, as the two hands attached to the idol also do not hold a lotus or a club (which is the general norm) and instead surprisingly one finds a ‘dhandam’ (a stick) besides it.
    Muruga is just one of the options presented by the fathers of this theory. There is an equal likeliness of it being a shakti temple or even of some jain (samana madham) god, considering the religiously charged atmosphere during those times, and how one tradition tried to superimpose the other… I have also come across some surprising references about tirupati in relatively recent sanskrit literature (16-17 AD), which seem to affirm such controversies…

  6. Wow every article were really interesting.Hey one more to add… I have see people saying that all Murugan temples will be in hills and Vishnu temple are not as it is said to highlight the Thirupathi issue… I know one Lakshmi Narasimham temple in sholingar which is on a small hill, but really dont know how old it is..

    Also I read about Ramayana and Mahabaratha in some website as a story of a real king who lived 3000BC and 1900BC respectively and not the GOD myth as we all know by. I will try to post the web address of the article.


  7. 1. Murugan was not married to Devasena. Devasenapati means lord of devar senai (i.e he was army general of devas). It doesnt mean he married an army!!!

    2. Indra gifted him his elephant airavatham (source for change of name from devasena to deivayaanai in tamil)

    3. You say that “The first textual evidence of Murugan as on of Shiva appears in Silapadikaram(4th Century AD)” and also “The myth of Muruga as we know was first written in Sanksirt sources in Sivapurana”. However Kalidasa the poet who lived between sometime during 2nd-3rd century AD, has written a big work called KumaaraSambhavam (“birth of Kumaran”) as child of Siva and Parvati. Kumaarasambhavam is a very famous book. How did you miss this?

    4. The aarupadaiveedu in TN (“six army houses” or “six barracks”) belonging to him, confirms his role as army general of devas.

    5. You say “His priest was known as Velan”. This is wrong. Velan means “he who has the Vel aayudham”.

    6. You say that “There is no mention of Valli”. Valli will not be mentioned in early literature since this story of marriage with valli is traceable only to TN. Valli was supposed to be a hill tribal girl or kurathi from TN (Western Ghats region).

  8. 1.If you see sanskrit literature …which i am sure you have not gone through…the original sanskrit Skanda purana….Skanda is married to Devasena. But other epics(skanda purana is not the only source of this epic…there are various different versions in ramayana ….mahabratha) so early Sanskrit literature …he was either married to women Deva sena or a bachelor in literal sense married to Deva sena(the army of god)
    I can quote 4 books for your reference….three as in my article on more book which extensively surveys sanskrit literature….
    The many faces of Murukan_ : the history and meaning of a South Indian god / Clothey, Fred W.
    2. Again you are wrong…… the myth is Deviyanai and Valli were daughters of Thirumal on previous birth, Deviyani is born as daughter of Indra in this birth and brought up by Airavatham his elephant hence the name deviyanai
    3.Yes what I have said is right…KumaraShambava is about the myth of Kumara or Skanda…who then had no correlation with Murugan who was sung by Tamil poets….Hence Silapadikaram was the first literature to have Muruga(After integration with Skanda) as son of Shiva….Again sanskrit sources with the myth we know as of now Valli,Devasena ,Murugan,Surapadman and tharaka was only written in sivapuranas during 10th century
    4.Arupadai veedu is a concept of very very late orgin, probably after 15th century….till 9th century there is no shrine with statue of Murugan with Valli or Deviyanai…he is always alone as statue….only one statue ofPallava temple has Murgan with only one bride….and there is a conflict whether it is valli or Deviyanai…in sangam literature except for Thirucentur and Thiruparankundram , there is no mention of any other temples as Murugans sacred places….even in Kandapuram of Kasiappa Ciasariyar there is no mention of Palani. So taking Arupadaiveedu as proof is not valid.
    5.This clearly show u have never heard about Snagam literature…See my blog on love sickness….I have quoted around 4 poems which clearly show Velan was the priest of Murugan and not Murugan himself…..
    6.Again you are wrong, Valli can be traced in Srilankan religions…not the Tamils in Srilanka but the Sinhalese in Srilanka. Sinhalese have a god Kathirgama who is identified with Muruga and Similarly a tribe gal is in love with Kathirgama and marries him. This shows that the myth of Murugan and Valli was famous very long ago and as early as 4 or 3 BC.Since Sinhalese are Aryans who travelled from north to Srilanka around 5th BC.

  9. @Palaniappan Vairam
    You have to get your facts right on kumara sambhavam… it is an epic that i filled with loads of references to the demons skanda slayed, the cause for his incarnation, etc. It is absurd to argue that he is different from the deity sung by tamil poets

  10. First people who quote Kumara Sambhava should be aware that only first 8 Cantos of it was written by Kalidasa and last eight, most scholars agree is later work by some other person
    The first eight cantos contain only till parvati and shiva make love play….Skanda is not yet born….
    V Ragavan dates the last 8 Cantos be written only in 6th century….
    And as far as Kalidas is dated some where between 3 AD to 4th century….
    Sangam is dated between 1BC to 3 AD….
    Kumara sambhava is later work compared to most of Sangam literature….
    And by all means if any person has read sangam literature….he would surely accept that Description of murgan is no way similar to descriptions of Skanda in northern Literature….
    There are so many literatures specific to Murugan as in Sangam literature….if any one is really interested….I can mail you the books….

  11. Yes, he is correct, his analysis is also correct. While coming from north to south Aryans unable to invade in to south. South was having strongly with Murugan in hills , Amman, and pillaiyaar in plains. So the brahmins who came for aiyar boojari business, they were unable to enter into Tamilnadu. They divided and created languages mixing sanskrit. Thats how telugu , Kannada created. Latest is Malayalam. Only place they were unable to enter into was the large Tamil areas. They used this trick. Lord muruga is the younger son of Shiva (Hindu equivalent of Karthikeya), Pillaiyaar is the elder son of shiva (Hindu equivalent of ganesha). They told Muruga is having two wifes , equivalling to our Valli and Deivanai. Pillaiyaar is unmarried. But in north it is different , Karthikeya is elder, unmarried, no unmarried girl will worship karthikeya. ganesha younger, having two wives!!!. Aryans defrauded Tamils. Lord murugan is not son of shiva, not karthikeya, not killed any sooran or anybody, Lord pillaiyaar is not son of Shiva, norhing to do with Lord murugan , not brother of lord murugan. He is not Lord ganesha. Amman is not Shakthi or wife of Shiva. Look to your grand father names ,All our original names are tamil, when we enter in to temples they gave us sanskrit names. In the temple business battle tamils, we lost our originality, god and everything. we donot have even a single holiday for our god muruga’s festival. All we celebrate are the festivals who have cheated us……

  12. They were unable to defeat tamils, so they called tamils as arakkans. Soorapanman , ravanan,narakasuran all are tamil kings who ruled this state. Just because they were unable to enter their gods into this state they made all gimmicks. Now we worship the people who defeated us. But actually who tried to protect us we are calling them as arakkans. Tamils ruled ceylon and yes ravana was defeated by ram. The vanara padai (monkeys army) they noted were north indians . Thats how the sanskrit based sinhalese linguistic people entered into ceylon.

  13. English and aryans are having similarities. From middle asia because of natural calamities aryans shifted towards east, Europeans moved towards west and remaining arabians. Maththiya asiavil irunthu mani adikka vanthavarkale aiyarkal.All over the world light skinned people ruled dark skinned people, as per english theory. ( )

    Indus valley civilisation belonged to Dravidians and just of not knowing horse, iron etc., dravidians were defeated by aryans. Aryans pushed dravidians towards south. ( ). Indus valley people worshipped nature. Still Tamils worship nature praising festivals only. Our Pongal, Aadi perukku are some of the examples for nature worship. We , Tamils not having any festival which celebrates others death. But unfortunately to celebrate death (Narakasuras death) we are having a holiday but aadi perukku we are not having any holiday.

    We speak all teh time about Thamil kadavul Murugan, we do not have even a single holiday for our lord.

    We should have. We have to find our one best day for Lord Murugan, Lord Pillaiyaar and Lord Amman. Let us find out a day and have a holiday different from north Indians.

    We all belongs to Tamil Religion where our gods are Murugan, Pillaiyaar, Amman, Ayyanar, Karupparayan, kannimaar, Annamaar etc.,.
    These gods are nothing do to with north indian gods.

    Valzhka Murugan. Valarga Murugan pukazh.

  14. Now, it is worthwhile noticing that both of these are actually myths.

    There exists a third story, which is as per all believable evidence the real one.

    ‘Vedic Hinduism’ has a History of assimilating local deities like Virumandi, Maduraiveerasamy, Sudalaimadasami, etc.

    Murugan, apparently, is one such village chieftain who was later ‘deified’, meaning made into a god.

    The EXACT story matches with the deity Kande Yakka, who was the village chieftain of Kataragama, more popularly known as Kadirgamam, in SL.

    Murugan/Kande Yakka were valiant chieftains who later married a local tribal girl called Valli. Vallimalai in Vellor District provides very good evidence of this.

    Virumandi in Theni district is worshipped as Viruman or Brahman. Maduraiveerasamy is another example, Kallazhagar is again a local chieftain…………most famously Ayyappan.

    Ayyappan is STILL worshipped by some tribal communities in Kerala, who wear white-and-white and NOT Kavi, they worship him as Kaval dheiyvam and do not believe in the Siva-Vishnu son baloney.

    My point is, both of these versions presented are to be appreciated, however based on Pagan folklore and the rest, the pieces do not fit. Murugan/Kande Yakka was indeed a village chieftsain who was later assimilated. The rest of the Shanmughan, etc……….were foisted on this new found man, whose name might not even be Murugan.

  15. you can read my history of Murugan essay…
    which goes into much details on possible orgins of Murugan

  16. List of chieftains, in accordance with Tamil beliefs of honoring their dead, which were hijacked by Vedic Hinduism:

    Murugan became Siva’s son
    Thirumal became Srinivasan
    Virumandi became Brahman
    Maduraiveeran became Vishnu (some versions)
    Sudalaimadasamy became Sivan
    Ayyappan became the son of Siva-Vishnu (total BS)
    Chinna/Periya Karuppannan became Jayan/Vijayan
    Kallazhagar/Azhagar became Vishnu

    The list is endless………….

  17. Your point that it takes ‘ages’ is absurd, it did take ages, they did not become ‘gods’ overnight.

    Murugan integration is the most clear, but even now it is important to note that hardly 5-10% of the actual man who was Murugan exists, his story, etc.

    Thirumal, Azhagar are all folklores which have disappeared.

    Virumandi is worshipped as Brahman in Nallammanayakanur, and the folklore was lost, but it becomes evident in the movie Virumandi in the song Karumathur Kattukulley.

  18. With the help of brahmin poojaris Shiva , Vishnu and like Branhmin gods entered into temples of cities first. They have changed the Tamil temples into Brahmin temples. Tamil gods kept aside. Then it would have taken long time to enter into villages. First in cities they have changed the Tamil names in to sanskrit names as the naming ceremony takes place mostly in temples. The Tamils who left long long ago are worshipping lord muruka, Pillaiyaar, Amman etc and not worshipping gods with stories like shiva, vishnu etc. This is evident from Tamils in Malaysia , Singapore, Indonesia, Burma,Mauritious,south Africa etc.,. Because those who left from villages were not knowing about shiva, vishnu etc.,. slowly slowly we were converted into Aryans Hinduism. But to whatever level you convert into Aryan Hinduism they will not accept you as brahmins. This conversion process you can see this in your own eyes. When a Hindu convert into Christianity in the beginning they worship Some hindu gods also, they will be having some attachment to hinduism. In the change process second generation and furthergeneration people will be viewed differently by orginal christian . We are living in shadow, we donot know our own values and we are with austirity following hindu gods other than original tamil gods. As we are not worshipping our tamil gods we can say Tamils were converted in to hinduism just like how people are converted in to christianity or Islam.

  19. change of a man in to God is very clear from this :
    MGR is made as god. Mahatma Gandhi is a God. What about Kushboo?. We worship best performers. All these are having temples in Tamilnadu. Assume there is no communication and technology then after 500 years, All these people will be God List. That’s why christianity and Islam restricted number of Gods.

  20. True, even social reformers and freedom fighters have become gods.

    Aurobindo Ghosh, who was a freedom fighter and a ‘terrorist’ during the British times fled British India and came to French Pondicherry and later got engrossed in spiritualism. Mother Mira Alfassa was similar, except that she was Polish.

    Now both of them are worshipped as gods……….

  21. To try to know about Murugan from discussions about his “dravidian/aryan” origin would be pointless. since the aryan invasion theory is itself disputable, it makes no logical sense to ascertain the “ethnicity” of murugan…

    like many other myths, the versions differ according to region..
    yet the tamil kanda puranam is a portion of the skanda purana..said that Murugan himself had revealed to kachiappar (16 century BCE) the portion of His history…

    Murugan, whether as the tribal hill god, or the vedic Skanda, or the consort of Valli, is One and One only…

    It is ridiculous to think of wheter the god i worship is a “pure tamil god” or some aryan import..i dun believe in racism even towards man, what about gods? if really the present murugan is declared as an “aryan”, how will it matter to a devotee?

    Such discussions are really of no religious value whatsoever…it is really a stage for reviving the old ” i hate aryan campaign, which is outdated, irrelevant to modern life and nothing more that bigotry int the guise ethnic pride.

  22. @janar

    I would like to make certain clarifications,
    1.I accept Aryan invasion theory is not true, that actually means the people of Indus valley were not chased away by the aryans, but rather they had insufficient resources in Indus valley hence they relocated.
    2. The whole essay speaks of Aryan and Dravidian as a language group and not as an ethinic group. So the essay speaks about the Tamil elements and the Sanskiritic elements in simple terms.
    3. Any person who has interest in sangam literature would go into this discussion since Murugan in Tamil sangam literature is totally different from what we know of him today
    4. This is just history and analysis of written records, I am not questioning the faith of any devotee.
    5. This essay truly dosent has any relegious value, rather it looks into roots of beliefs and history behind various myths.
    6. All over my blog I treat Aryan and Dravidian as language groups. There is also one more language group in India namely Munda.

    And one small correction too…in Kandapuranam by Kasiappa Sivacariyar, he himself in chapter confessed that he has know many myths of Muruga and he has writtena myth which he believes to be correct. He also mentions he writes the verses and keeps it before the lord every night and next morning his verses were corrected of mistakes by the lord.
    Kirupanantha Variyar has commented that Kasiapacivasariyar has used a legend which could best describe the philosophy of Saiva Siddhantha.
    I have a critical analysis of Kandapuranam of Kasiappa Civasariyar with me. If you wish to read I can pass it on to you.

  23. @ Palaniappan Vairam
    Whatever you are telling is acceptable except No. 1 & 4.

    Aryans came from outside India just like Christians and Muslims. Most of the historians accepted the fact that aryans came from outside india.

    Aryans are different from Dravidians and they are not in the same linguistic group also. White Aryans belongs to European linguistic group and Black Dravidians belongs to indo dravidian linguistic group. Both are from different race.

    We cannot accept all such stories just like that. No devotee accept muruka as son of shiva if he read pre sangam literatures. We believe only in Muruka, Pillaiyaar and amman who are not aryan gods.

    You read tamil literatures one by one from the past in chronological order then you will come to know when tamil was sanskritised and aryan gods were pushed into tamilnadu.

    Kudos to Palaniappan Vairam in his efforts to identify our ethnic group in a better way.

  24. Interesting article and more interesting discussions.

    The greatness, as well as the problem in India/Hinduism, is that we have been open and influenced by various doctrines/myths/influences both internally. Its completely ok in India to believe in a married Murugan or a bachelor.. as son of Siva or not.. as a small village hero who was deified or a true son of god. Whereas, look at the reaction to Dan Brown’s theory that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene!

    The whole confluence of Aryans/Dravidians, what ideas were Aryan vs Dravidian, who influenced whom is complex. In addition, there is still a lot of speculation around Mayan/Persian invasion of North India. I read that Aryans never had any god other than nature (similar to Greek thought) and absorbed Rudra/Siva, Sakthi worship from Dravidians.

    The following article also analyses the impact of Greek trade on Muruga workship… it claims a strong similarity between the Greek god Dionysius and Muruga.. very interesting theory.

    More research on Murugan

    Thanks, Vairam

  25. Murugan is my favourite God and I was looking for English articles about him when I came across this enlightening and interesting article. The discussions were an eyeopener too. Looking forward to your next article.

  26. All gods which are not having a relationship to tamil are having one holidays. But our motherly god murugan is not having even a single holiday. Let our politicians understand our feelings and give atleast thaipoosam as a holiday.

    I wish to ask Vairam one question :

    In Murugan how the letter G came instead of K? (I feel it should be murukan).

    Please give your views with best analysis.

  27. Murgan means beauty,sweetness etc. where as Murukan means deadly terrror etc.
    When the aryans settled south they brought in their conception of God should be beautiful and devils hould be ugly…
    hence there seems to be a change of K to G….

  28. Palaniappan Vairam , Given a big appaluse to you .

    You said that you have a critical analysis of Kandapuranam of Kasiappa Civasariyar with you .

    Please send those informations to me at

    Also , Very interesting forumn and we can continue our good efforts in discussing / analyzing about the Lord rather than the casts .


  29. I appreciate the analysis. However the author correlates with Tamizh and Sanskrit Like Kanda and Skanda etc….

    Any correlation for Sendhil in tamizh and sanskrit.

    Tamizh was born before sanskrit. So original tamizh Kanda could have become Skandha in Sanskrit!

  30. See u cant just take a word out and say tamil is older or sanskrit is older so its tamil/sanskrit word… a word is believed to be of one language group based on etymology…
    skanda clearly has etymology meaning…something that is ‘oozing out’…in sanskrit… but Tamil Kandha has no etmology meaning except it has been adopted from a sanskrit word

  31. Good work Vairam,

    For a long time. I was believing this should be the case. I am happy to see somone has done more research on this. Great keep it up.

  32. Hi PV,

    Sorry to bother you again…..If Kanda is derived from Sanskrit..where did the name Sendhil, Muruga etc derive from?

    What is the etymology for Sendhil, Muruga?????

  33. For Etmology of Murugan you can read my History of Murugan post. It has detailed explanation by world renowned scholar Irvatham Mahadevan.
    Centi is Tamil orgin word typically used to address Thirucenthur in Sangam Literature.

  34. Hi!Nice article…
    Now I’m more confused…More and more I research bout hinduism,more and more I get confused.Is aryan dravidian theory true or not,I’ve seen in a website that hinduism is not a religion.It was made into a religion by the british in which they included all gods except budhist,christian and muslim gods and again I hear here that tamil gods and north indian gods r different.Which is true and which isn’t can some one clarify???

  35. Lets take up each issue one by one
    1. The theory that was proved wrong was Aryan Invasion theory..i.e. Aryans did not invade and win over Dravidian and established a culture which solely represents aryan philosophy. Aryans were settlers in Indus Valley and due to over exploitation of the valley people moved south from Gujrat ,Saurastra towards Deccan. There is no pure Aryan culture as quoted by scholars in prev century as scholars now have proved there are 1000’s of words of Dravidian origin even in Rig Veda. Similarly Dravidian languages have influence of Sanskrit ,Pakrit and Pali. This is a well established fact.
    2. The influence of each cultures have taken place over the centuries. But Tamil Sangam Literature is the only literature/culture which seems to have very minimal aryan influence.
    3. Another confusion of yours is Aryan / Dravidan. Aryan and Dravidian are language groups not racial identity. So what ever I have mentioned here is from sources of Tamil and Sanskrit (the literary sources).The best example I can give to explain this concept is suppose a racially an Aryan who had come down to south before 500 years(say), he adapted to Tamil culture and Tamil language . After 500 years he is a Dravidian speaker and member of Dravidian culture but he is racially an Aryan. One present day example is Aishwarya rai’s mother tongue is Tulu which is a Dravidian language.
    3. Hinduism term was coined by the British. But far before that the integration of the religions took place. When I mean Hinduism , I mean it as Vedic hinduism where the highest authority is Veda. There are other religions like village paganism, Jainism, Bhuddism which were very Popular in Tamil Nadu. Hinduism got popular only during the post 6th century and as Shaivism and Vaishnavism. Later Kings Like Raja Raja accepted both the gods and hence you can say the integrated Hinduism started 1000 yrs before British came.
    4. The Early Tamils had different spiritual philosophies compared to that of the Vedic Hinduism. For them King was a god and to die in battle was to attain salvation. The code they followed was called Maram.
    5. To explain in simple terms, there were many small operators but when the MNCs come in they take over the company, after 20 years no one remembers the small company which was there before 20 years and identify them as part of MNC. Hinduism is the biggest MNC in which so many small religions got integrated or taken over.

  36. I don’t know much about hindi etymology …
    there is a term Sev Vel in Tamil meaning red lance…it was attributed to murugan…..
    Seyon the ‘red one’ was also referred to Murukan in Early Sangam Lit.

  37. I liked this post. While it is considered that anything that is related to hinduism is strictly not hard core dravidian, I wanted to bring up a semi-relevant point here. Just as a lot of words were imbibed from Sanskrit to Tamil, the reverse is also true. A lot of Tamil words were also absorbed into Sanskrit. An example is the word ‘dravida’ itself. Experts agree that the sanskrit word is a derivation of thamizha->Dramida->Dravida. Just because early Tamil records have been destroyed
    naturally/artificially, it is disputable that (atleast some of )the words you described were loaned from Sanskrit and not vice versa.

  38. i am simply blown away by your work and passion. kudos vairam and thanks so much !

    this thread is of particular significance to me and i hope to read all your analyses in detail as and when time permits.

    As for skanda, the sanskrit word skandha means shoulder. kartikeya the general was famed for his strong and powerful shoulders – in the beginning, to handle weaponry, but soon enough, to support twelve arms and six heads .

  39. HI Guys,
    i really appreciate your efforts to dig the whole tamil history. Keep it up. i don’t have words to wish you any how keep it up.

  40. hey while u talk about the sanskirt origin of names of murugan…….u tend to take it for granted that the names are of sanskirt origin.

    Here is one that i can prove within the limits of my knowledge.

    KARTHIKEYA – kArthikaiyAn.

    Kar = Mazhai (tamil) or rain
    Thikai = pozhuthu or time
    An = suffix for a male

    kaarthikai means = rainy season.

    the month of karthikai in both tamil and sanskirt calender corresponds to the english months of OCTOBER roughly, when there is rain ONLY IN SOUTH INDIA (particularly Tamil nadu) due to Retreating or North east monsoon and Cyclone in Bay of Bengal.

    this clearly proves Tamil origin of the name…

    Similarly others might be proved by some way…

    Come out of the delusion that words came from sanskrit to tamil. Infact recent analysis have shown that most of the sanskrit words can be etymologically traced to Tamil as origin…..

    presence of sha, ja, ksha, sa…do not make the word of sanskrit origin….

    they are mostly tamil words corrupted by tamil brahmins.

    All the best……….

  41. கார்த்திகேயன் kārttikēyaṉ : (page 880)
    , n. < kārtika. Eighth lunar month; சாந்திரமாதத்துள் எட்டாவது.

    கார்த்திகேயன் kārttikēyaṉ
    , n. < Kārti- kēya. Skanda, as nursed by the six presiding deities of the constellation Pleiades; குமரக்கட வுள். (சூடா.)

    Abive is lexicon entry which clearly mentions it is a derivative of Sanskrit word.
    Also going by your explanation there is not tamil word thikai meaning time- thikai according to lexicon entrys means astonishing.
    திகை¹-த்தல் tikai-
    , 11 v. intr. 1. To be taken aback, confused, perplexed, bewildered; மயங்குதல். இருளிற் றிகைத்த கரி (தேவா. 1156, 5). 2. To be astonished, amazed; பிரமித்தல். Colloq. 3. cf. தகை²-. To subside; அடங்குதல். தென்கா றிகைப்ப வடகால் வளர (கல்லா. 93, 7). 4. cf. தகை²-. To be exhausted; சோர்தல். வேலைசெய்து மிகவும் திகைத்துவிட்டான்.
    திகை²-தல் tikai-
    , 4 v. intr. cf. தகை¹-. 1. To complete; to come to an end; முடிவுறுதல். மாதந் திகைந்த சூலி. Tinn. 2. To be settled; தீர்மானமாதல். அதன் விலை இன்னுந் திகையவில்லை.

    Kaarthikai it self is not a tamil word it is a sanskirt derivative look at the lexicon entry
    கார்த்திகை kārttikai
    , n. < kṛttikā. 1. The constellation Pleiades, part of mēṭa-rāci and iṭapa-rāci; ஒரு நட்சத்திரம். (திவா.) 2. cf. kārttika. The eighth month of the Indian calendar; ஒரு மாதம். (சைவச. ஆசாரி. 79.) 3. See கார்த்திகைப்பூ. (இலக். வி. 192, உரை.) 4. cf. kārttika. The full-moon day in the month of Kārttikaikārttikēya-sū. Durgā; துர்க்கை. (திவா.)

    So Karthikeyan can be proved that is can be of sanskrit origin..

  42. Hi,
    Good work Palaniappan Vairam, u cleared all my doubts that i had for long years. I would like to you to know whether you wrote some article about occurrence of castes in Tamil nadu. If you have written please share with me.

  43. well Mr Palaniappan ur reply proves my theory more and more.

    atleast u accept that kAr கார் = mazhai (rain) மழை
    going by ur words, thikai திகை = completed, to subside or to be settled

    apply any of the above u’l find it corresponds to month of October-November.

    Just tell me which sanskrit spoken region got rains in this period.

    the monsoons were the same for atleast 5000 yrs. i can say with surity.

    the star is called krittka since it comes in the month of karthikai and not vice versa.

    There are many more words once thought to be of pure sanskrit are recently found to be of tamil origin by scholars of west and elsewhere.

    Kamil Zvelbil points 500 proven words of tamil origin in Rig Veda. Ex. Phalam from பழம், etc.

    My view is that Sanskrit is a fusion language of Prakrit and Tamil with elements of Munda, Pali, etc… to make it a Pan Indian language.

    While prakrit itself is a fusion of proto-dravidian and Indo-european groups formed when Aryans mixed with Indus people. it is an example of the host land civilising the colonisers.

    When you blog please use history, science and etymology and archeological, geographical concepts, interpretations and explanations.

    Not Mythology or spiritual texts.

  44. The month karthikai is usage after sanskritization of south the early usage seems to be Madangal.
    This followed still by some people in South east.

    No. Month (Tamil) Month (English) Gregorian Calendar equivalent Retained Ancient Usage (Tamil) Month (English) Gregorian Calendar equivalent
    01. சித்திரை Chiththirai mid-April to mid-May சுறவம் Suravam mid-January to mid-February
    02. வைகாசி Vaikaasi mid-May to mid-June கும்பம் Kumbam mid-February to mid-March
    03. ஆனி Aani mid-June to mid-July மீனம் Meenam mid-March to mid-April
    04. ஆடி Aadi mid-July to mid-August மேழம் Mezham mid-April to mid-May
    05. ஆவணி Aavani mid-August to mid-September விடை Vidai mid-May to mid-June
    06. புரட்டாசி Purattaasi mid-September to mid-October ஆடவை Aadavai mid-June to mid-July
    07. ஐப்பசி Aippasi mid-October to mid-November கடகம் Kadakam mid-July to mid-August
    08. கார்த்திகை Kaarththigai mid-November to mid-December மடஙகல் Madangal mid-August to mid-September
    09. மார்கழி Maarkazhi mid-December to mid-January கன்னி Kanni mid-September to mid-October
    10. தை Thai mid-January to mid-February துலை Thulai mid-October to mid-November
    11. மாசி Maasi mid-February to mid-March நளி NaLi mid-November to mid-December
    12. பங்குனி Panguni mid-March to mid-April சிலை Silai mid-December to mid-January

  45. if u are so confident that karthigai is of sanskrit origin, could you please trace its etymology in sanskrit for me to understand how it is. i can understand some sanskrit also.

    u want to tell me that the name was first given by Sanskrit astronomy scholors or is of sanskrit origin. Two are different. Many of the greatest of the sanskrit scholars….were south indians….might as well be dravidians infact.

    Aryan – dravidian is, as per Max muller, not a significantly racial but a linguistic difference.
    What started as racial difference finally became a linguistic difference, thanks to intermixing of the races to such great extant.

    It’s not surprising to see may tamil origin words in great sanskrit texts written by many dravidian sanskrit scholars.

    Astronomy in ancient india had its base in south just as Alchemy was popular in north west.

    These Tamil speaking sanskrit scholars helped in introducing a lot of Tamil words into sanskrit texts. While some core words and especially the SYNTAX of writing was taken into the aryan folds from Tamil much before, might even be before Indus civilization.

    Even though i accept the fact that there were different names for the tamil months before wat we have now, this does not mandete that whatever that came later were from sanskrit.

    I find no reason to be convinced by your arguement. could you throw more light into the word in sanskrit.

    Sanskrit in an Indo-European family of languages, can u make some connection b/w karthikai in sanskrit and latin/greek for me to borrow ur concepts.

    I’ve clearly stated my idea breaking the word to pure tamil roots. and no need to relate it to any other language as tamil is the mother of a completely different and unique family of languages, unlike sanskrit which is a highly derieved language – greek, latin, Tamil, munda, tribal tongues, tibetian family, evrythng in one.

    All the best. I’m tough and dont bend easily without concrete convincing arguement. Not just bunch of names, how they were called befor and now.

    U said these names are still used in south east. the spread from india to SE countries took place during the later cholas, around 800-1400 AD roughly (Rara raja chola and others). these ancient names are not as ancient to be used in the arguement. before this tamils had no names for months?? why dont u research into that?

    [ I mentioned Raja raja chola —-

    Interestingly, Arayan அரயன்=>Arasan அரசன்=>raasan ராசன்=>rasa ராசா=>raja ராஜா.]

    The bottom line is…..not every word added to tamil after sangam age is of sanskrit origin, also not every word in sanskrit even before rig veda has roots in sanskrit.

  46. can you explain the meaning of ” Kumaran” in both tamil and sanskirit

  47. I am giving you a detailed reply on etymology of karthikeya in terms of Sanskrit.
    Lets start from the base
    1 kRtti – (= %{kR4ttikA}) one of the lunar mansions (the Pleiads) L. ;
    Kritti –> kRttikA
    66 kRttikA %{As} f. pl. (rarely sg. MBh. iii , 14464 BhP. vi , 14 , 30)N. of a constellation (the Pleiads , originally the first , but in later times the third lunar mansion , having Agni as its regent ; this constellation , containing six stars , is sometimes represented as a flame or as a kind of razor or knife ; for their oldest names see TS. iv , 4 , 5 , 1 ; in mythol. the six Kr2ittika1s are nymphs who became the nurses of the god of war , Ka1rttikeya) AV. TS. S3Br. &c. ; white spots VarBr2S. lxv , 5 Sch. ; a vehicle , cart S3Br. xiii Sch.
    kArttika m. (fr. %{kRttikA} q.v. ; with or without %{mAsa})N. of a month corresponding to part of October and November (the twelfth month of the year , when the full moon is near the Pleiades) Pa1n2. La1t2y. MBh. &c. ; N. of Skanda (see %{kArttikeya}) BrahmaP. ; of a Varsha ; of a medical author ; (%{as} , or %{am}) m. n. N. of the first year in Jupiter’s period of revolution VarBr2S. Su1ryas. ; (%{am}) n. N. of a Ti1rtha MatsyaP.
    Keya —> means descendant
    kaikeya m. (Pa1n2. 7-3 , 2) `” a descendant of Kekaya “‘
    Ambikeya m. (g. %{zubhrA7di} Pa1n2. 4-1 , 123) , a descendant of Ambika1

    Karthikeya means – Ka1rttikeya may be derived from his foster mothers or from the month Ka1rttika as the best for warfare: in the Mr2icch. and elsewhere he is regarded as presiding over thieves) MBh. &c. (also from lexicon)

    kritti means the Pleiads –>krittika also means the same constellation –> Karttika means the month where moon is seen along with Pleiads –>karthikeya -descendent of Krittika(6 mothers) or Descendent of Karttika(month of warfare)

  48. kumAra m. (fr. 1. %{ku} + %{mAra} , %{mR2} ? `” easily dying “‘ ; fr. 2. %{kam} Un2. iii , 138) a child , boy , youth ; son RV. AV. &c. ; a prince , heir-apparent associated in the kingdom with the reigning monarch (especially in theatrical language)
    குமரன் kumaraṉ
    , n. < ku-māra. 1. Young man, youth; இளைஞன். இருந்த குலக்குமரர்தமை . . . பருக நோக்கி (கம்பரா. மிதிலைக். 157). 2. Son; புதல்வன். வாசவற்காகிய குமரன் (பாரத. பதின்மூன். 191). 3. Skanda, as son of Šiva; முருகன். குன்றுதோறாடிய குமரற் போற்றுவாம் (கந்தபு. கடவுள். 16). 4. Bhairava; வைரவன். (சூடா.)

    Kumara the sanskrit word means kid or young boy and Tamil Kumaran is derivative of the Sanskrit word as indicated by the Tamil Lexicon. Both are used to represent Lord Skanda/Muruga since he is god of youth.

  49. typical case of touching the nose around the head.
    i know well that the sanskrit “scholars” can go to any extant to cook up a story.
    the vedas and purans are living example for the fact.

    you again mention that karthikeya came from krittika. you are dragging into the arguement whether egg came first or chicken to confuse everyone and claim victory in that confused environment.

    what i asked you to do is split the word and explain not to speak lofty mythologies.
    Also pls dont copy-paste from websites to prove ur point. it does not. read, understand and then write in this page.
    dont mis-inform people.

    see ur previous posting – u said karthigai was called madangal
    No.No. As per the site the karthigai (nov-dec) corresponds to nali.
    proves that u have not read properly. wat authenticity can i expect from other postings of yours.

    can you PLEASE refer to a similar word for a month in other Indo-European languages.
    I bet ur “source” website will not give any. çoz it’s a tamil origin word.

    the karthigai kannigal or karthikai pengal கார்த்திகைப்பெண்கள் are so called because they came in the month of karthigai and not vice-versa.

    still i dont see you splitting the word into roots as i clerly did in tamil.

    sit down & think for urself, if ur way of tracing into sanskrit and the reason u gave is anymore valid infront of what reasons and arguements i made accept it.

    Otherwise come up with a wise arguement.

    Not a copy paste from any website or nan online dictionary.

    kumaran is also of tamil origin.
    i’l come again with valid arguements to prove it. (not copy-pastings)
    bye. all the best

  50. If you can give one reference to your argument I will accept it.
    Copy and pasting is for reference of other readers to show that it has been taken from authentic reference.
    I have gone through every possible source from my side
    Dravidian etymology dictionary, Sangam Literature Word usage, Tamil lexicon,Sanskrit lexicon.
    Karthikkiyen is a sanskrit derivative word and I stand by it.
    Please post further comments with valid reference else it will not be approved.

  51. Your line of suggestion

    kar–> rain + thikai–>stop –> karthikai month rain subsidies

    The basic element here itself of your argument can be disproved

    Kar it self is derivative of Sanskrit word Kaal .

    I can give proof from two sources, one Dravidian etymology dictionary and University of Madras Tamil Lexicon

    கார்¹ kār
    , n. black–>black cloud(rainy bearing cloud)->rain (u can see the clear line of progression of the word meaning) so the root word kar is obtained from Sanskrit.

    Kar the root in dravidian languages means as follows from Dravidan Etymology dictionary,

    1466 Ta. kār (-pp-, -tt-)
    1466 Ta. kār (-pp-, -tt-) to be pungent, acrid, hot to the taste, be very saltish or brackish; kāram pungency; caustic; alkali; kārppu pungency, saltness; kari (-pp-, -tt-) to be saltish to the taste, smart (as the eyes from oil or soap or chilli), feel an irritating sensation in the throat due to acidity of the stomach; nag, worry; karippu pungency, worrying, nagging; karil pungency; karakara (-pp-, -tt-) to feel irritation (as from sand or grit in the eye), feel irritation in the throat, be hoarse; karakarappu irritation in the throat, hoarseness; karakar-eṉal being irritated in the throat. Ma. kāram caustic; different salts; pungency (as of pepper); karukarukka to be harsh, sharp, rough, irritating (e.g. of grating sensation in the eyes). Ko. ka·rm (obl. ka·rt-) hot taste (of peppers, chillies, etc.), burning sensation if pepper is put in eye. To. ko·rm curry; kary- (karc-) (nose) tickles. Ka. kāra pungency; alkali; caustic; (UNR) karlu salt land. Koḍ. ka·ra hot (as taste of curry). Tu. kāra tasting or smelling hot; hot, pungent; kāruppu a strong or black sort of salt. Te. kāru saltness; salt, brackish; kāramu pungency; pungent, acrid, caustic. Kol. (Pat., p. 111) karoṭ salty. Konḍa karya saltness. Pe. kariya id. Manḍ. kariya salty. Br. xarēn bitter (or with 1135 Ta. kaṭu). Cf. 1462 Ta. kāyam and 1492 Ta. kār̤; cf. 1471 Ta. kāri. /Prob. influenced by Skt. kṣāra-. DED(S, N) 1227.

    1467 Go. (Mu. Ma. M.) kār-
    1467 Go. (Mu. Ma. M.) kār-, (Mu.) kāṛ-, (Ch. W. G. Mu. Ma.) kāt-, (A. Y.) kāc- to dig (Voc. 643, 629, 623). Konḍa kār- (-t-) to dig, make a pit, dig out (weeds, etc.). Pe. kār- (-t-) to dig. Manḍ. kār- id. Kui kārpa (kārt-) to dig up; n. act of digging up. Kuwi (Su.) kār- (-h-), (F.) kārhali, (S.) karh’nai to dig; (S.) kārh’nai to sculp, spade; (Mah.) kās- to dig. Cf. 1223 Ka. kappu. DEDS 198.

    Kar in dravidian root never means rain. + Karthikeyan has never found usage in sangam literature + there is clear progression in sanskrit term kriti as explained in prev reply.

    I can pile you up with various references. All you are replying back is” I am sure”, “I know”. If you are so sure you can go ahead and publish a paper and once it is published, I will change that Karthikeyan is Tamil word and give your paper as reference.

    Please don’t post arguments without any reference.

  52. Derivation of Kumaran:

    Om –> Kom
    Ombu (grow) —> Koombu (grow )
    Komaran –> Kumaran = growing man.

    Related words: kombu(horn), Oombu(male genital), pambu(snake), kaambu(teats),
    thambu(long rope).

  53. > Palaniappan Vairam said:
    > Kar itself is derivative of Sanskrit word Kaal .

    ur —> ir –> iravu (night)
    ir –> irul (not bright, dark, black)
    ir –> kar –> kari (brunt wood) –> karuppu (black)

    kaar —-> kaal (black)
    [Compare: maar(hit) —-> maal(kill); thaar —-> thaal(leaf);
    ur (sound) —-> oL(sound)]

    (Note: kaar irul = utterly dark.; iruLan = black man;
    “kar” also sounds like “char” –> “charcoal”; etc.)

  54. >> Palaniappan Vairam said

    ira cf. ratri

    How does this support the claim:
    "Kar itself is derivative of Sanskrit word Kaal ."?

  55. Sir,
    I am just pointing out the etymology given by Tamil Lexicon. I am not any expert in etymology , so I prefer to stickto best known source available namely Tamil Lexicon of University of Madras.

  56. Excellent posting and comparison with Northern and Southern view reveals lot of information. In north India Karthik is not worshipped as regular deity. Thanks for good analysis and God Bless You!

  57. Hi,
    You done a good job. before i don’t know about these. but now only i read all things, all are good information to us.

  58. hi

    congratulations for the excellent work in comparing and giving detailed explanations on the subject.
    keep it up

  59. few years back.kavikko abdul rahman has written onearticle in anandavikadan about murugan. and the origin of worship is mentioned as srilanka.

  60. In my openion Murugan who married Valli and Karthikeya who married Devyani are separate.To unite the whole india they gave Murugan a second wife Devayani.Karthikeyan is worshipped only in sothern states and srilanka,but not beyond.beleiving puranas to ascertain historical facts is not correct.Puranas are written with motivation

  61. Hi Vairam,

    U are again dragged in the “which came first thing?”
    U comfortaly assume the common words are of sanskrit origin.
    To prove any theorem, assumptions are important. if they are biased, u cant prove anything.

    Im forced to do ur trick bak to u.. I dont like it though

    English to Sanskrit

    Sanskrit word Transliteration Grammar English word
    Recent entries into the dictionary:
    नील niila adj. black
    श्याम zyaama adj. black
    काल kaala adj. black
    असित asita adj. black
    कृष्ण kRSNa adj. black
    श्यामल zyaamala adj. black
    कालिमन् kaaliman m. black
    कृष्णायते { कृष्णाय } kRSNaayate { kRSNaaya } verb den. blacken
    आकाल aakaala adj. blackish edit
    धूर्त dhuurta m. blackleg [ swindler etc. ]
    अकाल akaala adj. not black
    कालभस्म kaalabhasma m. black ash

    I hav jus copy pasted… u can refer to any sanskrit dictionary for all possible words for black in sanskrit..

    Also pls check all possible words for Black in tamil.
    Its only Karuppu.

    So u mean to say that tamil had no word for black????
    The single word is also borrowed???
    There are hundreds of tamil words starting with “karu-”
    karuku- to burn
    kari – coal, elephant (black)

    U are doing good research using dictionaries..
    But u failed to notice that the dictionaries were written in a period wen there was a bias in the society that tamil words are derived from sanskrit and tamil has no scholarliness

    Now, most of the words are found to be of tamil origin
    The etymology will be corrected in those dictionaries…

    So pls do sum research with logic..
    To know wat dictionary says, v dont need u.. v can google it… v want to know wat u think…and how u prove it before us..

    Its not necessary that, i shud use my brain and think and conclude only if i am a full time tamil scholar publishing research papers everyday.

    Dont be Brahminical in ur concept that u shut ur thinking mind and follow the books…
    Tamils always question…
    Take Thirukkural… any athigaaram… Read the couplets in order…
    wen u read one, u will get a question, the next couplet is the answer to it. Thiruvalluvar knew the importance of questioning in enriching knowledge. coz tamils are always rationalists.

  62. “Dont be Brahminical in ur concept that u shut ur thinking mind and follow the books…
    Tamils always question…” please be judicious in your comments…
    I have placed my arguments based on source…unless and untill I get another source which disproves it I would continue on the same source (which is considered a standard in Tamil Literature)…dont be caste ist while you argue , you have no right to judge what kind of person I am.

    I have referred to Dravdian etymology dictionary and found kar to be a dravidian origin. But Still that doesnt change anything in my essay.
    Karthikai – argument that season of end of rain has no reference to Muruga in Sangam literature (the only literature before sanskritization fo south)…
    karthikeya surely alludes to the myth of Skanda being brought up by kiritka
    so the discussion of kar and kal and karthikai and kirithai can lead us various debates..still we have no legends or references to connect kar –> karthikai to Murugan in Sangam literature..
    infact Murugan is addressed as seyon and sevval namely red god..and is not associated with rain…

    if you want to argue further please quote me single credible evidence to show that karthiakai has any association with Muruga cult in Sangam litertaure.

    thank you.

  63. Dear all,

    Basically in all the ancient Pagan regions……the Deities are different at the same time same…..”Hindusim” is the only surviving “Pagan religion” in the world….. we must preserve it and not fight…..

    Shiva was known as Dynosius in Roman mythology…. Amman (Mother Goddess) was common throughout the world…. Even know you can find mother goddess temples in all villages across India/Nepal/SL( all are “different deities”…. but they are identified with “Universal mother”)

    Calling “Muruga” as “Tamil Kadavul” is ok…. also “Ganesha” is a “Marathi Kadavul” and “Kaliamman” is a “Bengali Kadavul”……”Venkateshwara” is a “Telugu kadavul” & so on…….

    But please remember if “Muruga” is a “God” atleast he should be the same on “Mars” & “Earth” !… So relax and worship…. he will respond even if you are in space…!

  64. Dear all,

    The myths related to deities differ….. its not important in the “Pagan world view”……

    In Kathirgamam (Sri Lanka ) is believed to be the place of Valli ….. unlike in Tamil Nadu…..the local Muslims consider it to be the grave of one of ancient Islamic prophets……

    But nobody in TN can deny that Kathirgamam is a powerful shrine of Lord Muruga-Skanda (even Buddhists come there)……

    So you can see that even the “Sri Lankan Tamil myths” differ from “Tamil Nadu myths”…..

    Actual “Gods” don’t care if one worships in Sanskrit, Tamil, or even Sinhala or even Chinese (in Singapore temples)…. or one is “Hindu” or “Buddhist”…..they respond only to true prayers……

  65. all glories to you and your wonderfull acheivement ,it is truely amazing to see the debate you have brought about. As a vaisnavite i know little of murgan but wanted to see images. I agree whole heartedly with the last comment “god dosent care which language you worship in” he wants only your true love and addoration,thus wilst vishnu and his incarnations belong to my tradition I,none the less want to learn more about all forms and incarnations .The arian,dravidan influences on the deity are facinating , historicaly and culturaly important they should not be dissregarded,however there is a ballance to be acheived , language is by its very nature constantly changing .as the lord buddha advised his deciples “look not at the word ,but at the meaning” this appears in the pali texts but not so literaly quoted in the vaisnava canon . we are however truely fortunate in the respect that we can cross reference so many texts,thus we broaden our understanding .Yet we must not loose sight nor reason ,all forms eminate from the supreme and from all forms we may come to know the supreme. words are but tools and can only express the understanding of the narator,and then are only truely understood by those who are pure of mind.
    I will be back to read more , thank you and
    god bless.

  66. Infact the son should be older than the Father, this is my current belief about Murugan and Siva.

    Murugan is a deivam natural force he was later adapted as Avalokoteswara during the buddhist period,
    This is when he climbed on hilltop and became aandi and people started putting mottai going to his hills.

    Later in the Bhakthi period he became Siva’s son and got the Gyaana palam.

    here is something interesting piece i got lately, name wise both murugan and morrigon sounds same.

  67. i have not read the previous comments,just came across this. I just wanted to say there are tribes in eastern africa who worship a mountain god call “MULNGU”. just to add to ur research.

  68. The name of the person who wrote “Kandha Puranam” in Tamil is KACHCHIYAPPA Sivachariar who translated the “Skanda Puranam” written in Sanskrit by Sri Vidyaranya, the founder of the Vijayanagar Empire & it was Vidyaranya who chose the Kuruba boys Harihara & Bukka to head the Vijayanagar Empire. BTW the adhidevata of Kuja Graha or Planet Mars is Kartikeya. One Navagraha Stotram describes Kuja (Sevvai) as “Kumaram Shaktihastam”. This makes one think that it is planet Mars which is worshipped as Kartikeya.

  69. This comment might be very late… but documenting whatever I could analyse regarding birth of Murugan and Pillayar.
    Murugan is created by Shiva, completed by Parvathi… while Pillayar is created by parvathi and completed by Shiva.

  70. Dear all, i wish to know meaning about Saravanakumar. Can you share some info?

  71. do u have guts to rt about mohamed or christ and give ur comments then i wl give my comments

  72. Dear Rajavelan, I understand your anger. Still a deep understanding of hindu concept gives us freedom to question about our gods too and by discussion we get into the reality.

  73. The concept of Vikku is very clear………. Palaniappan Vairum stick in one point without clear evidence…… also in little confusion…..

    As vikku said you must think about “When you blog please use history, science and etymology and archeological, geographical concepts, interpretations and explanations.”

    Pls. mainly concentrate on updates of Archeological evidence. Just try to know about recent archeological research in Aditchanallur…. you will get more info. Indian govt. is very careful in hide the truth from world…….

  74. முருகன் பரமசிவனுக்கும், பார்வதிக்கும் பிறந்தவர் இல்லை.

    சிவனின் மன்மத புயல் கிளம்ப‌‍ ‍பார்வதி விலகிக் கொள்ள… சிவனின் உயிர்த்துளிகள் சேரவேண்டிய இடத்துக்குப் போய்ச் சேரவில்லை.. முடிவு?? !! அதன் பெயர்தான் ஸ்கந்தன். இப்போது புரிகிறதா?

    சுத்த தமிழ்க்கடவுளான முருகனை, பிராமணர்கள் கந்தனாக்கி விட்டார்கள். சுப்ரமண்யனாக்கி விட்டார்கள். ஏன்… பரமசிவன் – பார்வதியின் மகனாக்கி விட்டார்கள்

    இந்து மதம் எங்கே போகிறது ? பகுதி – 55

    சைவத்தில் இது மட்டுமல்ல மொழி பேதமும் உண்டு. முருகன் அழகான தமிழ்ப்பெயர். இச்சொல்லின் பொருளே அழகு என்றுதான் அர்த்தம். சுத்த தமிழ்க்கடவுளான முருகனை, பிராமணர்கள் கந்தனாக்கி விட்டார்கள். சுப்ரமண்யனாக்கி விட்டார்கள். ஏன்… பரமசிவன் – பார்வதியின் மகனாக்கி விட்டார்கள்

    சமஸ்கிருதக்காரர்கள்.அப்படியென்றால் முருகன் பரமசிவனின் மகன் இல்லையா? இல்லை என்பது தமிழ் பதில். ஆமாம் என்பது சமஸ்கிருத பதில்.

    எப்படி என்று கேட்டால் பெயர்க்காரணங்களை வைத்தே எளிதில் கூறிவிடலாம். முருகன் என்றால் அழகன். அதாவது தொன்மையான பழந்தமிழ் சங்க இலக்கியத்தில் பரிபாடல் நூலில் முருகன் என்ற தமிழ்க் கடவுள் பெயர்தான் வழங்கப்பட்டிருக்கிறது.

    சரவணபவ, கந்தன்… இவையெல்லாம்…? அர்த்தம் சொல்கிறேன். பரமசிவனுக்கும், பார்வதிக்கும் பிறந்தவர் இல்லை முருகன். இது தமிழ் பதில் என்று சொன்னேன்.அப்படியென்றால் சமஸ்கிருத பதில் என்ன? கந்தன், சரவணபவ என்றெல்லாம் சொல்கிறோமே? என்றெல்லாம் கேட்கிறீர்கள்.

    வடமொழிக் கதையை தான் இங்கே வாசித்துக்காட்ட வேண்டியிருக்கிறது. பரமசிவனும், பார்வதியும் தங்களது லோகத்தில் லயித்திருக்கிறார்கள். இருவரும் பேசிக் கொண்டிருக்கும்போது… பார்வதியின் மீது மோகனம் பொங்குகிறார் பரமசிவன். பார்வதியை நெருங்குகிறார்.
    பார்வதிக்கு அப்போது என்ன வேலையோ? இல்லை ஸ்வாமி… இப்போது வேண்டாம். நான் தயாரில்லை… என்கிறார்.

    பரமசிவனுக்குள்ளோ மன்மதப்புயல், பார்வதியை பார்க்கப் பார்க்க சுற்றிச் சுழன்று அவரை தாக்குகிறது. பார்வதி மீது மன்மத தாண்டவம் ஆடிட மிகத்தயாராக இருக்கிறார். ஆனால்… சக்திக்கு சம்மதமில்லை.பார்வதியை துரத்துகிறார் பரமசிவன். நாதனின் வேட்டையிலிருந்து தப்பிக்க நழுவி ஓடுகிறார் பார்வதி. பரமசிவனாயிற்றே… விட்டு விடுவாரா? பார்வதியை வளைத்து தன் கைகளின் எல்லைக்குள் இழுத்து விட்டார்.

    `தேவி… உன்னை சுகிக்க சித்தமாயுள்ளேன்… தேக சம்பந்தம் கொள்ள தாகமாயிருக்கிறேன். ஏன் நீ விலகிச் செல்கிறாய்? என்னாயிற்று உனக்கு?’ – பார்வதியை ஒரு கொடிபோல சுற்றிக்கொண்டு பரமசிவன் விரகதாபத்தோடு வினா கேட்கிறார்.

    `இல்லை நாதா… இப்போது வேண்டாமே…’ – மறுபடியும் அவளது பதில் இதுதான்.பகவானாக இருந்தாலும் தன் பாகங்களைக் கட்டுப்படுத்த முடியவில்லை. முழுதாக பார்வதியை இறுக்கி கட்டியணைத்தவர்… அவளது ஆடைகளையும் அகற்ற ஆரம்பிக்கிறார்.

    `ஸ்வாமி… நாதா…’ கெஞ்சுகிறார் பார்வதி. ஆனால்… இதையெல்லாம் காதில் வாங்கிக் கொள்ளாமல் சுகத்துக்கான போருக்கு தான் மட்டுமே தயாராகி விட்டார் சிவன்.

    பார்வதியின் ஒவ்வொரு பாகங்களையும் தன் கட்டுக்குள் பரமசிவன் வைத்திருக்க… இப்போதும் சக்தி சம்மதிக்கவில்லை. சிவனுக்கோ தாங்க முடியவில்லை. மன்மதக் கோபம் அவருக்குள் கொந்தளித்தது. பார்வதி மீது பாய்ந்து படர்ந்தார்.

    ஆனால்… பார்வதியோ… சரியாக அந்த க்ஷணத்தில் தன் உடலை சற்று விலக்கிக் கொள்ள… பரமசிவனின் உயிர்த்துளிகள் போய்ச் சேரவேண்டிய இடத்துக்குப் போய்ச் சேரவில்லை.

    பார்வதி விலகிவிட்டதால் பரமசிவனின் ரேதஸ் (இந்த்ரிய துளிகள்) அப்படியே ஆகாயத்திலிருந்து கீழே விழுந்தன. அந்த உயிர்த்துளிகள் அப்படியே கங்கையில் வந்து விழுந்தன. சிவபெருமானின் சொத்தாயிற்றே…. கங்கை நீரோட்டத்தோடு வேக வேகமாக பயணித்தன.

    கங்கா மேலே சவாரி செய்த அந்தத் துளிகள்… கங்கைக்கரையோரம் படர்ந்திருந்த ஒரு நாணல் காட்டுக்குள் சென்று தேங்க…அப்படியே அது குழந்தையாக அவதரித்தது.

    நாணலுக்கு சமஸ்கிருதத்தில் பெயர் சரம். காட்டுக்கு வனம். சரவனம்… – நாணல் காட்டில் பின் உருவானவன் – என்பதால் சரவணன் – இப்போது சரவணன் என்று அழைக்கப்படுகிறான் முருகன்.சமஸ்கிருதத்தின்படி, சரவணன் இப்படித்தான் அவதரித்தான். பெயர் தரித்தான்.

    கந்தன் என்றால்…? அதை கந்தன் என்று சொல்லக்கூடாது. உண்மையான சரியான சமஸ்கிருதப் பெயர் ஸ்கந்தன்.சரி… ஸ்கந்தன் என்றால்? இப்போது ஒரு வடமொழி கதை வாசித்தீர்களே… அதற்குள் வரும் மூலப் பெயர்தான் இது.

    அதாவது… ஆணுடைய உயிர்த்துளிகள் பெண்ணுடைய பாகத்தில் சேராமல் வழிதவறி விழுந்தால்… அதன் பெயர்தான் ஸ்கந்தன். இப்போது புரிகிறதா?

    முதலில் ஸ்கந்தன். அதன் பிறகுதான் சரவணன்… இப்படித்தான் சிவனுக்கு சரவணன் `பிறந்தான்’ என்கின்றன சமஸ்கிருத காவ்யங்கள். ஆனால்… அழகானவன் என்ற அர்த்தத்தில் அவனை ஒரு மலைக்கடவுளாக வணங்குகிறது தமிழ்க்குடி.

    முருகனை ஸ்கந்தன், சரவணன் என கருத தமிழ் இடம் கொடுக்காது. தவிரவும் ஆபாசமான காரணங்களை வரையறுத்திருக்கிறது சமஸ்கிருதம்.

    இப்படிப்பட்ட ஸ்கந்தன், சரவணனுக்கு சுப்ரமணியர் எனவும் ஒரு பெயர். இதன் அர்த்தம் உயர்ந்த பிராமணன். இப்போது புரிகிறதா? முருகனை சிவனின் மகனாக்கியது போலவே… கணபதியையும் மகனாக்கி விட்டார்கள். கணபதி யார்? — அக்னி ஹோத்ரம் ராமானுஜ தாத்தாச்சாரியார் (inthu madam engay pokirathu?)

  75. Why is it that every discussion should have a few worthies passing extremely rude comments on brahmins? Is it because of their numerical inferiority? It is well known that the power and land ownership lies with the so called mbc etc. who enjoy extensive quotas.the dalits, who have been persecuted are still the same lot. Shame on you zealots, people like u.v. Swaminathan have done much more that pseudo tamils from adjoining states, who write 3rd poems, movies and other fakes who call tamil a barbaric language.
    Apologies being off topic, but these worms come out of the woodwork, bloated from freebies given by third rate government.

  76. முருகன் ; குறிஞ்சி நில தலைவன் : தலைவன் கொடை தன்மை உடையவன். ஆக வள்ளல் எனப்பட்டான்.தலைவி தன் கொடை தன்மையால் வள்ளி எனப்பட்டிருக்க வேண்டும்.கார்த்திகேயன் முழு தமிழ் சொல்லாக இருத்தல் வேண்டும்.அதையே வடமொழி உள் வாங்கியிருக்க வேண்டும்.s

  77. To get into this topic, we must understand the truth of modern worship and the origin of the said God. We have similar trails in the concept of Lord Vishu & Lord Thirumal(Mayon). If anyone could say that Vaishnavam and its source god Vishnu is originated from Northern India, I would object as Thirumal is the god of Mullai landscape. The concept of integration with Mayon – Thirumal – Perumal – Vishu happened in Murugan – Karthikeyan – Kanthan – kumaraswamy and so on.

  78. தேவேந்திரனையும்,தேவர்களையும் சிறைமீட்டதற்கு நன்றிக் கடனாக இந்திரன் தன் மகள் தெய்வானையைமுருகனுக்குத் திருமணம் செய்துகொடுக்கிறான். முருகனுக்கும்,தெய்வானைக்கும் திருமணம் நடந்த இடம் திருப்பரங்குன்றம். முருகனுக்கும்சூரபத்மனுக்கும் போர் முடிந்துமுருகன் போரில் வெற்றி பெற்ற மறுநாள்இத்தெய்வீகத்திருமணம் நடந்ததாகக் கூறப்படுகிறது

  79. Worst Analysis about Murugan Kadavul… Read kanda Puranam which is the largest and biggest form of 108 puranas. Murugan is the finest name which means beauty in Tamil.. Try to feel him inside you rather reading scripts and books then you will understand the mistake of the north Indian idiots and Aryans who spoiled the culture.

  80. tamila irunthu piranthathuthan pira mozhikal….Ela Sanskrit wordskum tamila words irku..but Ela tamil wodrs ku Sanskrit la …ila….Tamilan is a first human in the world he only made religions…Murugan is our tamil ancestor…and he is not god…Nama vetla nam thatha pati paatan lam kumpduromla athu mari than avarum nam munnor

  81. Please read:
    பாடல்: ஐங்குறுநூறு 249
    கவிஞர்: கபிலர்
    திணை: குறிஞ்சித் திணை
    துறை: வேலன் வெறி
    தோழி, தலைவி கிட்ட சொல்லுறா..
    பெய்ம் மணல் வரைப்பின் கழங்கு படுத்து அன்னைக்கு
    முருகென மொழியும் வேலன் மற்றவன்
    வாழிய இலங்கும் அருவிச்
    சூர்மலை நாடனை அறியா தோனே

  82. This is my analysis based on Siddhartham ( sitthars). Every object has it’s place and time. Therefore who is Murugan is it an object (active) or subject ( passive)? First we need to find the property of Murugan ( Word). Murugan also called Sayon. This property concise of place ( idam) time ( kalam) for any occasions, occurrence and understanding. From my research everyone need space and time for everything even being within oneself. So how Murugan ( sayon) be noun ed in 300BCE. ” Vallalar Agaval’s” – in Tamil = Oru Katilley one Nilam, Antha nilathil oru Deivam( Mayon) Trimala(Tirumalai). Antha Deivathai angu koduvanthanvan payirseythavan Sayon ( Murugan).

    BTW- God is everywhere as we all know, reside in every atoms and everything’s are made of atoms. So GOD particle’s can be found everyone. Therefore ” oruvarul olley oruvan irkiran avan Jivan vasi yaga iruthu kodirukiran. Atha Jivan thanithu yangivittal, athu Sivanaga marividum” Ithai than nam Sivalinga ( Pinnacle glance) vanagirom ,,,,,,

    ” ithyam oru Kovil” MANAM ORU KOVIL from Sages Agathiyar, Bogar and Thirumoolar Were Tamils,

  83. There is a basic flaw in this whole analysis Mr.Vairam, you are pointing out references in words saying that kanda, subramaniyam or saravana belong to sanskrit. you are assuming that sanskrit existed before tamil and tamil is an offshoot of sanskrit.. why cant the reverse happen … the existing tamil language is a revived version of older tamil that belonged to kumari kandam… My justification for saying sanskrit borrowed words from tamil is that Tamil language and its people saw one of the disasters like the end of this world (flood of lemuria).. and our oldest known literatures like agattiyam are completely lost… Why cant it be like what our literature says.. lord muruga taught tamil to our people and sanskrit became an offshoot of tamil.. For your reference there is no proof that sanskrit language existed before lemuria flood.. and lemuria flood is recorded 50000bc and there is no sanskrit literature written before 3rd or 5thce… And again for your reference tamil people have kula deivam… it means they cannot change their kula deivam as they like… most tamils have muruga as their kula deivam… since there is no change in kula deivam.. lord muruga is a tamil kadavul as long as tamil people existed… PLEASE DONT READ FOREIGN AUTHOR BOOKS ON TAMIL AND SANSKRIT AND ASSUME EVERYTHING.. I AM GIVING YOU MATERIALISTIC EVIDENCE ON EXISTENCE OF TAMIL COMMUNITY BEFORE HARRAPAN OR INDUS VALLEY.. THE BOOKS YOU’VE READ ARE INCOMPLETE… PLEASE RELATE THE INFO GIVEN IN BOOKS AND TRY TO MATCH IT WITH LOCAL TALES AND SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE….

  84. Excuse me, actually Sanskrit is derived from Tamil. Tamil is the oldest language

  85. பகவங்களா பகவங்களா , நீகள் எல்லா நல்லாவன்கள் , பாக்கி கெ ”ந்ல்” — ( நீர் குழாயை ) ஆகிட்டா, இன்ன இன்ன ஆக்கெட்டே கோடி கோடி கெ பூமி உலே உயிரோடு போதே வசேட்டா .
    கோடி கோடி வெ குற்றவாளி இரிந்ட்கெ , ஏன் உன்னை போன்ற எல்லாமெ நல்லவன்கள் ஆகேழியே . பெண்கள் ,அம்மகள் கூட ஏன் குற்றவாளிகளை ஆனது
    எத்தினியோ குடும்பங்கள் ,அம்மா ,அப்பா ,குழந்தைகள் நாசம் மோசம் ஆக்டிங்கைய்
    அனைத்து கெட்ட மனிதர்கள் இருந்தனர் , பூமி உலே புதைக்கஏர் பதிலே விஷம் கூறக் வச்தே பூமி மேல் பஸ்மம் ஆக்குவசர்களா.

    பாகியியா புனியிய லெட்டே இயற்கையின் புனியா லெட்டே , நல்லம்ன்ஷங்களா , நல்லவங்களா , மஹங்களா ,சாமர்த்தியசாலி இன்சன்களா ,நாலாவங்கில உங்கள் குர்ட்மம் , உங்கள் வாழ்க்கை , சகோதரர்கள் , சஹோதிரிகள் , அம்மா , அப்பா , பெற்றோர்கள் , கொழொன்டைகள் , பாசம் , ஆநப் ஓடை நல்லவங்களா , நல்லமன்ஷங்கள் வாழ்கை ,வளற்கை

  86. if The six faces murgan represent the following:
    (i) Five, one element each: Ether, air, fire, water and earth. The sixth face represents the Spirit that bestows LIFE to the beings formed by the five elements.

    was the concept of mahabharta ‘ pandwas and different packets and groups of pandavas .
    if is true the ,then what would had been the big conspirances to kill the peoples .

  87. First let us get out of superstition and understand there is God and son for him worshipped as muruga,vinayaga,manna,ayyappa and esappa. But if we get out of religion v WL b saved from confusion. V r doing this in a village and succeeding. CTC 08056183186 or email

  88. i want to know the meaning of murugan name SEYON where it is come from more details

  89. My version of Murugan evolution:

    Alexander was the first great emperor Indians have encountered. He was called by Indians as Sikander, an uncanny resemblence to the name Skanda. The most famous weapon of Greeks to which Alexander belonged is Lance, in tamil we call it Vel. ChandraGupta Maurya and other elites of India who encountered Alexander were so admired that they deitifed him, built temples, mythologies and traditions after him and called him as Skanda. Mauryans were a tribe or a community who had Peacock as their state symbol. In fact the name Maurya itself a derived form of Mayura meaning Peacock. Hence their God Skanda naturally had mount as Peacock. All these happened around 300 BC.

    All Sangam literature were started around this period and ended in 300 AD. There is a 600 year duration during which North Indian Skanda tradition could have likely leaked into South India. There could have been a native Murugan God but his symbols of Vel, color Red, Peacock and War like nature were actually personification of north Indian Skanda A.K.A Alexander

    Fun fact, not just Indians many other similar cultures around the world who encountered Alexanders bravery deitified him. Alexander himself uplifted his status as a demi-God during his rule in Persia. However only Tamils follow him as God today and others have simply forgotton.

    This is not a story cooked up by me but lifted from various resources that I found reasonable. One of them being,

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