in my first episode of payanam i wrote about pondicherry and chidambaram.in this second episode i would like to write about the temples of subrahmanya near pondy..mailam and tiruttani, a holy town on the way to tirupati.
mailam or mayilam is situated 30 kms from pondicherry and 15 kms from tindivanam. the lord subrahmanyeswara got peacock as his vehicle in mailam mayil in tamil means peacock, so the place is called mayilam, later called as mailam. demon surapadma who ruling the land is killing brahmins and torturing people. then they worshipped murugan. kumara swamy then came and fought with his sulam weapon ferociously. having defeated, surapadman pleaded the lord tat he should be used as his mount/vehicle. the lord agreed his tearful request and from then, surapadman in the disguise of peacock became the lords vehicle.
the tank in mailam is called varaha tank. the temple is on a small mountain and devotees prefer to walk. many monkeys welcome us. the idol of subrahmanya looks so peaceful and powerful. our mind will forget all sorrows and will find peace after seeing lord. abhishekas are performed if we requested.
There are 6 temples for murugan dedicated in tamilnadu. tiruttani is one of the six temples dedicated to lord subrahmanya in tamilnadu. it is a powerful temple with an ancient history. it is located nearer to many holy sites like tirupati, kanchipuram and chennai. Lord Karthikeya halted along with his entire army in tiruttani, this reason makes this town famous. the temple is situated on a small hill. the hill contains 365 steps indicating the days in a year. subrahmanya married valli amma here.
Legend also has it that Indra the king of the Gods gave his daughter Deivayanai in marriage to Skanda, and along with her presented his elephant Airavatam as part of his dowry offering. Upon Airavatam’s departure Indra found his wealth waning. Subramanyar is said to have offered to return the white elephant, however Indra bound by protocol refused to accept a gift that he had made, and insisted that the elephant face his direction, hence the image of the elephant in this temple also faces the east.
Another legend has it that Indra presented a sandal stone as a part of his daughters dowry. The sandal paste made on this stone is applied to the image of Subramanya and the applied paste is said to acquire medicinal value. Legend also has it that Skanda bore the discus thrown by the demon Tarakasuran on his chest, and hence there is a hollow in the chest region of the image of Subramanya in this temple. Legend also has it that Skanda gifted the discus to Vishnu . Skanda is also believed to have imparted knowledge of Tamil to the sage Agasthyar and he is regarded as Veeramurthy, Gnanamurthy and Acharyamurthy in this shrine.
Lord Rama, after putting an end to Ravana, worshipped Lord Siva at Rameswaram and then came to Tiruttani to find perfect peace of mind by worshipping Lord Subrahmanya here. In Dwapara Yuga, Arjuna got the blessings of our Lord here by offering prayers to Him on his way to the South for Teertha Yatra (pilgrimage to take sacred immersion). Lord Vishnu prayed to the Lord and got back His powerful Chakra (sacred wheel), Shanku (sacred conch), which were forcibly seized from Him by Tarakasura, brother of Soorapadma. Lord Brahma worshipped the Lord here at the holy spring known as Brahmasonai after his imprisonment by our Lord for his failure to explain the Pranava (‘Om’ mantra) and got back his creative function of which he was deprived by our Lord due to his egotistic impudence in neglecting to worship Lord Subrahmanya on his way to Mount Kailasa to worship Lord Siva. The final steps to the eastern entrance.
On worshipping our Lord at Thanikai, the king of snakes Vasuki got his bodily wounds healed, which had been caused during the churning process in the Milky Ocean to secure the Amrita (nectar of immortality) by the devas and asuras when the Mandhara parvata was used as the churning base and the snake king Vasuki as the rope. Sage Agasthyar Muni (of Potikai Hill) worshipped Lord Muruga at Tanikai.