It is observed in the Tamil month of Aippasi and most devotees fast during the 6-day period. There is no common method of Skanda Shasti fasting. Different devotees observe it differently. But there are some basic rules followed by all the devotees. Non-vegetarian food is completely avoided during the period.
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One for each adobe of Lord Muruga. The one we are going to study is the kavasam of Thiruchendur. It is composed by Sri Devaraya Swamigal and helps one to obtain the grace of the Lord. It is sung particularly on festive occasions, such as during Kanthar Sashti in October-November. This rare and valuable treasure helps one to be successful in our daily lives. The benefits that one gets by reciting this kavasam is given in the first stanza. All the bad karma accumulated over many cycles of births and which is still following and burdening us will go away if we recite this kavasam.
All their sorrows will go away. In the last line of the stanza Devaraya Swamigal says the benefits of this kavasam and goes to the first line. The raja gopuram of Thiruchendur murugan temple. It is easily accessible either by bus or car. The Kumbabisheka for this temple was held recently in July , after this many new schemes was implemented in this temple.
Lord Kandha who blessed. The objective of this kandha sashti kavasam is given in these two lines. Attaining the Lord who gives blessings to finish off all the problems must be the objective of the heart. The finials stoopis at the top are nine in number in consonance with the number of storeys as a general rule with such temples.
They are of plaster and stucco, 7 feet, 6 inches in height; and placed over a pedestal base 5 feet wide and 45 feet long. The location of his principal gopuram on the western side of the temple instead of on to the east as is usual to mark the entrance of any temple of importance, is possibly to wisely take advantage of the hardened sandstone rocks and the cliffs nearby to place its large foundations.
The latter had no funds for such a huge task entrusted into his hands, but had appraised him of the solution. He undertook it. It is remarkable that from the sixth storey upwards to the ninth, the plaster on the walls have kept remarkably on, and they are beautified with fresco paintings! A good many of them are obliterated with age, dust and whitewash. As illustrating the contemporaneous state of society they are well worth a study.
Eden possibly the Collector of Tirunelvely from The clock formerly struck the hour of the day with a mechanism, now in disrepair. There is a tradition that when this clock struck at mid-day, the call was taken up by a series of bell-fries on mantapas, said to have been built by the Panjalamkurichi family, at regular intervals between Tiruchendur and Ottapidaram. In all of them drummers were stationed to communicate along the route and as far as the residence of Kattabomma Nayakkan the Poligar [somewhat after the style of the signals which conveyed across the Aegean the news of the fall Troy] the actual performance of puja in this temple.
At his signal, Kattabomma turned his thoughts to prayer before he took his daily meal. A square mantapa in front of the Pillaiyar temple at Palaya-Kayal, one of such a series, is said to have been built by this family. Similar mantapas exist at Mukkani and Arumuganeri.
Kantha Sasti Kavasam
Shri Kanda Sasti kavasam English lyrics