Om Sharavana Bhavaya Namaha mantra meaning:
”Om and salutations to the son of Shiva, who brings auspiciousness and who is chief of the celestial army.”
It is considered that Lord Murugan himself wrote this good luck mantra on Arunagirinathar’s tongue.
Mantra chanting benefits:
The beneficial effects of chanting this Sanskrit mantra include an increase in positive mental or emotional disposition, a seeming increase in luck or good fortune, the mental capacity to make the best of a set of circumstances which may occur, and an easier route to becoming physically and mentally fit. In this Kali Yuga, reciting of Lord Murugan’s Name acts as a panacea to all sufferings.
Lord Murugan is the Hindu god of war and the main deity of the Kaumaram sect of Hinduism. He is also known as Karttikeya (“son of Krittika”), Skanda (“attacker”), Kumara (“son or child”) or Shanmukha (“one with 6 faces”).
Historically, Lord Skanda was immensely popular in the Indian subcontinent. One of the most important Puranas (ancient Hindu texts ) – the Skanda Purana – is dedicated to Him. In the Bhagavad-Gita, Lord Krishna, while explaining His omnipresence, names the perfect being, divine or mortal, in each of several categories. While explaining, Krishna says: “Among generals, I am Skanda, the lord of war.”
In ancient India, Lord Skanda was also regarded as the patron deity of thieves, as may be inferred from the Mrichchakatikam, an interesting Sanskrit play by Shudraka, and in the Vetala-panchvimshati, a medieval collection of epic tales.
Lord Skanda’s symbols are based on the ancient weapons – Vel, the Divine Spear or Lance that He carries and His mount – the peacock.
Lord Kartikeya’s symbolism includes many weapons, such as His discus which represents His knowledge of the truth, His divine lance which represents His far reaching protection, His bow which represents His ability to defeat all ills, His mace which signifies His strength, His 6 heads which signify the 6 siddhis granted upon yogis over the course of their spiritual progress – that corresponds to His role as the granter of siddhis (miraculous powers imparted by the late stages of spiritual practice and intense meditation) and His peacock mount which represents his destruction of the ego.
The most important Murugan temple is on the shores of the sea and is named Tirucchentur. Other important temples lie scattered around the state and in the rest of South India.