LORD MURUGA’S SIX TEMPLE PILIGRIMAGE
Tirupparankundram: “Ultimate sacred hill”, is close to Madurai. The temple is carved into the granite interior of the hill’s north side. It stimulates the muladhara chakra which governs the realms of time, space and memory.
Tiruchendur: “Holy red place”, is on a Coromandel beach, with many quiet hideaways for meditation. The sanctum houses Subramanya as the ascetic. It stimulatesthesvadhistana chakra – the center of reasoning faculties.
Palani Hills: Palani means “you are the fruit of Truth”. The icon is the lion cloth-clad renunciate, created by a Chinese myst – Bhoga Rishi – out of nine herbs. Palani hills simulate the manipura chakra of will power.
Swamimalai: Celebrated as the abode of Muruga as the first guru. Swamimalai is linked to the anahata chakra – the heart center that powers the faculties of direct cognition and comprehension.
Tiruttani: Lies west of Chennai in the hill-forest region. The idyllic refuge of Ceyon, ‘Red One’, as the tribals here call Muruga. In Tiruttani’s setting, the vishuddha chakra is amplified – the pure energy of cosmic love.
Palamuthirsolai: “Grove of ripe fruit”, is near Madurai. It is said that Muruga’s vel is kept here, vibrating in readiness. Palamuthirsolai resonates with the ajna chakra – the source of super-conscious faculties of divine sight.