Thursday, 22 November 2012

Lord Kartikeya is known by several other names as following

1. Kartikeya- For being breast-fed by six Karittika deities 2. Sadanana 3. Arumugan 4. Shanmukha- For he has six faces 5. Subrahmanya- Because of his wide knowledge 6. Skanda- He is born from the life-source that slipped ('Skanna) from Shiva 7. Shikhivahana- Because peacock is his vehicle 8. Guha- For he protects his devotees from enemies 9. Mayilvaganan 10. Murugan 11. Sanmatura 12. Devasenapati 13. Saktidhara 14. Tarakari 15. Kumara- Because he is always a young boy and also killed evil persons 16. Agnibhoo 17. Tarakjeet 18. Shakti Dhuru 19. Ganga Putra 20. Gangja 21. Kaangeyan 22. Swaminathan 23. Velayuthan 24. Vishagan 25. Vel murugan 26. Vallimanallan 27. Soorasankaran 28. Mahasena- As he gathered and led a huge army to kill the demons

Significance of Holy Bath in Kartik Month

Significance of Holy Bath in Kartik Month Kartik month is one of the most auspicious month in the lunar calender. A person gets good results by fasting and worshipping the God in this month, which is considered equivalent to visiting all the pilgrimages Ancient scriptures like Skand Purana, Narad Purana, Pagh Purana etc have mentioned the significance of this month. Taking bath in the holy water during the Kartik month is considered to be as auspicious as taking bath in the Ganga 1000 times, 100 times magh bath, crore times in Narmada river during Vaishakh month. The result that one gets by taking bath in the Prayag in Kumbh is equal to taking bath in one holy river during the Kartik month.Entire month people should take bath in the river or lake or pond outside the house and should chant Gayatri month whole day. One should eat meal only one time and non-veg should strictly be avoided. The person who eats non-vegetarian food in this month gets the life of a demon.if the non-veg is eaten on that month by a person ignorance he must took bath in sacred river and pray god to forgive him for his ignorence he is also free from the sin of non-veg. Those who follow all the rules and regulations as mentioned in the scriptures gets relief from all sins. Lightning a lamp in temples before the idols of Lord Shiva, goddess Chandi, Sun god and other gods and goddess is considered very auspicious in this month. Lord Keshav is worshipped with flowers, and by doing this a person gets results equivalent to performing Ashwamedh yajna. Katik month’s purnima is the last date of autumn season and is considered very sacred and holy. Fairs and festivals are organised in every corner of India. Every person should take bath on this date and donate to needy people according to his own pooency. Pushkar, Kurukshetra and Varanasi are the best places to perform religious ceremonies, holy baths and charity. Kartik fast is observed on the sixth day of the Kartik month dedicated to Lord Kartik.

Friday, 16 November 2012


 The Worship of Lord Kartikeya,
In Tamil lord Kartikeya, is known as lord of nature just  as Just as the God of Winds is Vayu, the God of Waters Varuna,  In south india Lord Kartikeya,is known for the name o f Murugan,just like the worship of Lord Ganesha is very common in north india similerely The worship of Lord Kartikeya,is very common in South India , Almost every town in the South has its temple dedicated to Lord Shanmukha.
The term Murugan eptomises in tamil  undecaying beauty, everlasting youth and Godliness.
 Worship of Lord Murugan is tantamount to the worship of Nature. As Nature abounds with soul-stirring and inspiring landscapes and is the source and support of all living beings on earth, the ancients have thought it right to glorify Nature.

To lead a natural life is to live with Nature. This is the life in consonance with the Divine Will. Control of the senses, anger and lust is the way to achieve the higher life. And the most important form of worship that a human being can offer unto the Lord is by not hurting others either by thought or word or deed. Only then life in nature becomes smooth and happy. It is this kind of worship and life that the Skanda Purana teaches us through the worship of the Saguna form of Lord Skanda. Indeed it is the counsel of Christ: “Treat thy neighbour as thy own Self” and “Do unto others as thou wishest to be done by.” And the Essence of all religions is only to abstain from inflicting injury on anyone,—Ahimsa Paramodharmah.

Hence, whenever we worship Lord Murugan, we should have the Bhava ‘I pray unto Him, who is the All-Pervading Beautiful One, the Indweller of all, in the Form of Lord Subrahmanya or Murugan.’ This Saguna form of the Lord is only to give a hold and grasp for the mind to understand the Immortal, the Omnipotent and the Omniscient attributes of the Almighty, who is at once Infinite and the Indweller of every heart.

As in the worship of other Deities, in the Saguna worship of Lord Skanda also, there are some Vratas, or observances. There was once a king, Muchukunda by name. He was a staunch Saivite. He approached Sage Vasishtha to advise him on the importance and methods of observing some Vrata by which he could gain personal success, peace and prosperity. Vasishtha indicated the Vratas of Lord Skanda and detailed their significances.

One of them is the Vrata observed on every Friday. By observing this Vrata of Friday for 3 years, Bhagiratha overcame his enemy Gora. On Friday, after a clean bath, one should do Puja and Archana for the Lord with extreme devotion. He who does this is bound to achieve success in all his undertakings.

Another Vrata is the Karttikai Vrata. On every Karttikai (3rd constellation of the 27 stars) day, this Vrata is to be observed with faith and devotion, and with external purification by a bath, before the Puja, etc. This Vrata was observed by Narada Rishi as per the advice of Lord Ganesa. After a period of 12 years, Narada gained his ambition, viz., the supreme position among the great Sapta Rishis.

The most important of all the Vratas of Lord Shanmukha is the Skanda Shashthi Vrata. It is to be commenced on the Prathama Tithi (the day immediately following Dipavali) of the Sukla Paksha (bright fortnight) in the month of Aippasi (October-November). A complete fast should be observed and the devotee should engage himself solely in the Puja of the Lord, in reading and learning of the glories of Lord Skanda, Bhajan, meditation, etc. If fasting for six days continuously is likely to prove too much of a strain, he may have one meal per day and fast completely on the last day, i.e. the Shashthi Day. This is the day to commemorate the victory of Lord Shanmukha over the Asura king, Surapadman. Persons who observe this Vrata achieve success in all their undertakings and in the end attain Liberation.

Having thus heard all about the Vratas and their importance, king Muchukunda took leave of Sage Vasishtha. With faith and sincerity he observed them and had Darshan of Lord Subrahmanya who blessed His devotee with peace, plenty, prosperity and Kaivalya Moksha.

May Lord Subrahmanya grant you strength to observe such Vratas and may you all be the fortunate recipients of His Blessings!

3. The Previous Birth of the Asuras

The sages who heard the Lilas of Lord Skanda asked Suta Rishi how Surapadma happened to be the Vahana or vehicle of the Lord and killed in the battlefield by the Lord. In reply to this, the Rishi gave a brief account of the lives of the Asuras prior to their births as Surapadma, Simhamukha, Tarakasura and Ajamukhi.

Once the Devas assembled at Kailasa to witness the Tandava dance of Lord Siva. After leaving their Vahanas at the foot of the hill, Brahma, Vishnu and Lord Kartik went up to have the Tandava Darshan. The Swan, the Garuda, the Peacock and the Cock were standing at the foot of the hill.

While all the Devas were absent, four of the Bhutaganas of Lord Siva, (Sura, Padma, Simhamukha and Taraka) created a fight amongst the Peacock and the Cock on the one side, and the Swan and the Garuda on the other side. They themselves joined the former and inflicted severe injuries on the Swan and the Garuda.

Vishnu and Brahma complained to Lord Skanda. Lord Skanda cursed the Bhutaganas to be born in the dynasty of the Asuras and torture the Devas and to be themselves finally destroyed by His Vel as punishment for their actions. Thus Surapadma and others took their births in the Asura dynasty and came to be known as Surapadma, Simhamukha and Taraka.

And these Ganas petitioned to the Lord to grant them their request of becoming Vahanas,—the Cock and the Peacock for Him, the Lion for the Devi and the Elephant for Sashta. These boons were granted. In this way, Surapadma became the Vahana and Flag-cock of Lord Skanda. Simhamukha, after his death, became the Vahana of Kali Devi. Tarakasura, as an elephant, served Hari-Hara-Putra as his Vahana.

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Another story is told in the Purana about the previous life of the Asuras. Before he was included in the Bhutaganas of Lord Siva, the Asura, Surapadma had been the just king Prabhakara, ruling over a big kingdom in the island of Sakas. On hearing from Sage Agastiyar about the significance of being a Vahana to Lord Karttikeya in the form of a Cock and a Peacock, he did rigorous Tapas and was granted the privilege of being amongst the Bhutaganas of Lord Siva.

Further, regarding Tarakasura and Simhamukha, it is related that they fervently desired to become the Vahanas of Sri Devi and Maha Shashta, as Lion and Elephant. On learning from Sage Trinabindu how to achieve this, they did Tapas and were made to serve Lord Siva as Bhutaganas along with Sura and Padma.

Once Asurendra sought Lord Siva’s protection against His Bhutaganas under Sura, Padma, Simhamukha and Tarakasura, who in a battle with the Asuras crushed them and inflicted a severe defeat on the Asura dynasty. By the curse of Lord Siva, they were born as Asuras known by the name of Surapadma, Simhamukha and Tarakasura, and, at their request, they were made by Lord Karttikeya the Vahanas of their respective Devas, at the end of their fight with the Lord.

Ajamukhi, the sister of the Asura king Surapadma was, in her previous birth, Chitrarekha. Her husband was Pundarikasarma. Chitrarekha was possessed of an extremely lustful nature and she led a life of sheer debauchery, in spite of the presence of her husband. Still the Brahmin, Pundarikasarma, loved her much. It so happened that once sage Durvasa chanced to come to the house of this Brahmin.

Out of extreme lust she hugged the sage. Rendered furious by her wantonness, the sage turned his wrath in full on her. Unable to withstand the fury of the sage, Chitrarekha went to the street and hid herself amidst a herd of sheep. She was, however, found out by the sage; and one of his disciples tied her to the branches of a banyan tree. The sage cursed her to be born in the Asura dynasty with the face of a goat. And through her lustful cravings, the sage told her, she would have two sons. These sons were Vilvalan and Vatapai.

And Maya, having the same Kasyapa Rishi as her husband in her previous birth, had many sons who were killed and destroyed by the Devas. To avenge the defeat of her sons, Maya avowed to destroy the Devas by her sons born of the same sage in another birth. Her wishes were gratified.

4. Sri Karttikeya and Tarakasura According to Skanda Maha Purana—Mahesvar Khanda

After Bali, Kal Khanja, Maharoudra, Kalakeya, Nivata Kavacha, etc., were born as enemies to Indra. Tarakasura, son of Namuchi, did severe Tapasya or penance. Brahma was pleased. Tarakasura wanted to be Ajar, Amar and Ajeya (imperishable, immortal and invincible). Brahma gave him the boon of Ajayatvam (living invincible or unconquerable). He attacked and conquered the Devas (the gods) again and again.

The gods approached Vishnu. Vishnu asked them to find out some means to get Siva married, who was then in Samadhi; Sati had burnt her body in Daksha’s Yajna and was born by then as daughter to Himavan, the Mountain-King, Parvati by name.

The gods approached Himavan and persuaded him to get his daughter Parvati married to Siva and thus serve the purpose of the Devas, who were oppressed by Tarakasura. Since none but one born of Siva alone could kill Tarakasura, Himavan took his eight-year old daughter Parvati to Siva. He prayed to Siva for permission to come to Him daily for ‘Worship’. Siva granted this boon but desired Himavan not to bring Parvati with him any more. Parvati protested and reminded Him of His divine nature and entreated Him to let her continue her worship to Him. Pleased with her arguments and reasoning, Siva allowed her to do so.

After sometime, Parvati slowly got fixed up in her Tapasya on Siva. In the meanwhile, ‘Cupid’ (Kamadeva) as desired by the gods, approached Siva to distract Him from His Samadhi. Kamadeva was burnt to ashes in the attempt; Siva opened His third eye and Kamadeva was burnt by the Rays emerging from it. At that time Parvati was there to worship Him as usual; and the Devas also approached Siva.

The gods received their desired boon. Kamadeva’s wife, Rati, also performed severe Tapasya to get back Kamadeva, and Siva was pleased to restore Kamadeva to his original position but as Ananga (unembodied or without a body). Rati was taken away by Shambara, a demon, and she was there with Shambara, as Mayavati. According to Skanda Purana, Parvati did Tapasya, for Rati’s sake, and got the desired boon from Siva. Siva was again in deep Samadhi, while by his side, Parvati, too, was performing her severe Tapas.

Again the gods petitioned Siva. And Siva, satisfied with Parvati’s intense devotion to Him, in the guise of a Vatu (a young Brahmachari) gave her the desired boon and, as desired by the Devas, on Gandhamadan, a mountain in Kailasa, Siva’s rays came forth as Pralayagni (the all-devouring fire). The whole of the Universe was on the point of being burnt and the Devas, including Brahma, were perturbed. As desired by the Devas, Agni, the Fire-god, in disguise stole into the presence of Siva unseen by Nandi at the main door and disturbed His privacy. Agni as Pani-Patra or Karapatri begged for alms.

Rudra was enraged and rushed forth to destroy him with His trident but was held back by Parvati. While Parvati came out with Bhiksha, Agni appeared in his own form. Girija got enraged and cursed him and made him Sarvabhakshi (all-devouring) and declared that all of them would reap the consequences of this evil plot.

Agni narrated all this to the Devas. To their great astonishment, all the Devas including Indra were contacted, through Agni, and all became Sagarbhas (pregnant) with excruciating pain. They approached Vishnu for relief. Vishnu could only direct them to Siva. The Devas, including Brahma and Vishnu, approached Siva and prayed to Him. Siva advised them to vomit the Retas (the rays) they were suffering from. They all vomited, and the rays took the form of a mountain of shining gold. They were followed by Agni.

Siva desired Agni to throw the ‘rays’ into the ‘Yonis’ (the womb) of all ladies during their monthly course. Agni, the Fire-god, was burning with full rays, at the Ganga bank, early morning in Brahmamuhurta, when all the Rishipatnis were there for their morning bath (Pratah Snanam) in the month of Karttika. They were shivering with cold and, in order to warm themselves, approached Agni, the Fire, in spite of Arundhati’s warning to them. As soon as the Rishipatnis including Krittika reached the proximity of the fire, they were all ‘contacted’.

The said Retas (rays) of Siva entered every pore of their bodies. Agni was released. These Rishipatnis in turn were cursed by their husbands, the Rishis. The Krittikas were changed into birds (Khecharas); and the Rishipatnis, being ashamed of themselves and very sorry for their conduct (Vyabhichara), vomited the Retas (rays) on the Himalayas. All these rays in turn were thrown into the Ganga by the ‘Kichakas’, and there on the Ganga bank, out of these rays appeared the ‘six-mouthed’ or six-headed Shanmukha as (i) Karttikeya, (ii) Gangeya, (iii) Shaka, (iv) Vishakha, (v) Atibala and (vi) Mahabala.

The gods were overjoyed to hear of Shanmukha’s birth through Ganga. Parvati was taken unawares. She became Prasruta-stani, a mother with milk pouring from her breasts. Immediately Narada came and informed them of Shanmukha having been born on the Ganga bank. Parvati with Siva hastened to the Ganga bank followed and surrounded by all the Devas, Yakshas, Gandharvas, Siddhas, etc. They all prayed to Karttikeya, the child, the Kumara shining gloriously shedding divine rays of bliss. Parvati took ‘Kumara’, the child, in her lap and fed him at her flowing breasts. Karttikeya in Siva’s lap began to play with the snakes round his neck and specially oppressed Vasuki with his many playful tiny hands! Thereafter, as desired by Siva, the gods, led by Brahma, installed Karttikeya as ‘Senapati’ and gave him the power to lead the unconquerable ‘Sena’ (army); also gave Sena, the most beautiful daughter of Mrityu, the Death-god, as his consort. With Sena as his consort, Karttikeya killed in battle Tarakasura, as desired by the gods.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

"Gururbrahma gururvishnuh gurudevo maheswarah Sri Guru Sakshat Parabrahma tasmai gurave Namah"

One day i was serching someting about Lord Kartikay who is the first son of Lord Mahakal (Shiva and Shakti(Maa Uma). One of the person is asking as question on the yahoo answer website.Do you agree Lord Karthikeya is Guru (teacher) of shiva? The question Forces me to learn , study more deep to find the answer i have contacted with few people who has good knowelge about Lord Kartikay (being as punjabi man we have littal knowelge about Lord Kartikay because The Lord Kartikay is more worshipped in South india than Northan india .What i know the lord kartikaya temple is only one( temple at Achaleshwar, near Batala in Punjab,)and in Haryana (District Kurukshetra - Pehowa).No more info regarding lord kartikya is given by our Pandits to public either they have littal knowelge reagding lord shiva"s son or they donot want to tell.What i have observed.? Being a hindu and educated person the question of yahoo answer distrubs me day and night .Anyhow what i ahve learned iamgoing to share my EXPERIENCE with all through the webblog if iam wrong i shall be verythankful to anyone who helps me to slove that mystery . According to our religious Literature Disciple has a special place for His Guru(Teacher) and its applicable even in modern world now. "Gururbrahma gururvishnuh gurudevo maheswarah Sri Guru Sakshat Parabrahma tasmai gurave Namah" means. Thu Brahms, Vishnu and Mahesh actual Prabrahma master himself, Brahman, is absolute. Congratulations to a master. The interesting thing is that, Karthikeya acted as master Shiva treated as his disciple. (God is the embodiment of the presence Creationary) Brahms and Lord Karthikeya, between science and reaffirm Lakes Pranava (AUM), an intense debate about what God means reboot after Brahms enough here. That is why God Brahms Karthikeya imprisonment suspended from his functions. Lord Shiva and Goddess Shakti and Shiva asked if Karthikeya (Murugan) is aware of the importance.Murugan, and giveth it universally father.The lakes here Swaminathan and Murugan also owner Thagapan 'is known as the (literally "God the Father" is the fact that his father, Murugan, and so his father taught master pointing to) Brahms challenged the authority of Lord Murugan and dismissed him as a child. Lord Murugan dislike the lake with heated debate Pranab Brahms "AUM" was concluded in their knowledge. When Brahms Lord adequately suspended from office and could not explain the significance of her captivity Murugan. Lord Murugan, Lord Shiva, Lord Murugan condition that the student and the teacher agreed to teach. Lord Shiva and Lord Murugan agreed to sit on your shoulder and whispered moment, and means "AUM," in his ear. Returns the parent strain and Murugan. So we can see the Lord Karthikeya guru (teacher) and disciple Shiva is depicted as listening.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012


Skanda is one of the sacred names of God Murugan, which means "seed".

It is also called "Kartikeya", that is to say, "Son of Krittika-s", the six Pleiades constellation of stellar "Gangeya", "Sons of Ganga", "Agni Bhu", "born of fire "or" Kumara "," The boy. "

The mythological symbolism of God Muruga is rich in meanings.

Gods, in a state of indescribable distress, knocked at the door of Lord Shiva and ask for help.

The gods implored the grace of Lord Shiva, the original emanator three worlds, all beings, Veda Agama-s and-s, because they had been humiliated by the powerful demon Taraka.

They were orphaned homeless, wandering among the three worlds in which reigned the usurper king, the demon Taraka and his army of Asura-s.

Shiva told them: "What happened had to happen, but one who can seize my seed will have the power to kill the Asura."

Only Agni, the God of the sacrificial fire, was able to enter the seminal seed of Lord Shiva and swallowed but was soon taken excruciating pain. Mouth being sacrificial which all other gods are fed, all the Gods were afflicted with the same suffering.

Parvati, the Divine Mother, addressed to Agni God in these words: "He rested you to swallow the seed of my Master, thou art a wretch, a criminal," and she cursed.

Have become unbearable pain, Shiva appeared in the field of vision of the Gods and graciously allowed to throw his seed which was divided into parcels entered unwittingly, in the bodies of Shakti_s (feminine powers or consorts) 7-Rishi s original (celestial sages) while they were taking a ritual bath in the Ganges.

Pregnant they were taken excruciating pain. Feeling betrayed and humiliated, their spouses and repudiated the excommunicated from their caste.

Shiva graciously allowed also to spit his seed that fell at the feet of the mountain and Himavan Himavan Raja (King of the Mountain), alerted by the fire which destroyed all vegetation invoked the grace of Lord Shiva which precipitated the seed in the Ganges.

The seed of fire sailed the sacred waters and near a bank of reeds turned into a child Darshan (Aura) luminescent solar and whose vision radiant as millions of suns marveled 6 Krittika-s, Shakti the 6-s Pleiades who witnessed this miraculous birth.

When he was born, God Muruga had a head, but the six Pleiades are competing in custody, he turned and appeared with 6 heads, to satisfy his adoptive mothers who could each, simultaneously, it to drink their milk. A dragon spat the spear of God Muruga. The latter took it and put it to kill the demon Taraka.

Murugan,is also called "Târakajit", "winner of Taraka." It symbolizes the victory of Light over Darkness, the victory of the Divine Demon on.

He is the master of Kundalini Yoga and spear facing upward, is the divine hypostasis of the bottom opening of the Kundalini-Shakti through the 7 Chakra-s.

Kumara as the boy bachelor, the God Murugan symbolizes the aspiration eternally youthful and revitalized and transmigrating Self incarnate (Jivatma) to unite inseparably with the Supreme Self (Paramatma).

According to the Tamil Kanda_Puranam, 6 heads personify God Muruga six perfections of God Shiva and Muruga (Tamil name of God) and can take over the functions of the Creator of the world.

Some religious scholars thought they saw a parallel between the theological and symbolic relationships Heavenly Father, only begotten Son incarnate (Christ-Logos) and Shiva-Muruga and some Tamils ​​themselves and design.

In fact the only Hindu deity that completely transcends the distinctions of caste and sects and free of all obstacles is Ganesh.

While Ganesh is the first son of Shankara (Siva) and Gauri ("The White" Parvati), Murugan is their second son. They were both born without the intervention of procreation and intrauterine pregnancy.

The "Vahana" (Vehicle) of Lord Murugan is "Mayuran" (Peacock) during his "Rathotsava" (chariot festival), devotees dance with the "Kavadi" arch surmounted by peacock feathers.

The primary form of Murugan in South India, is mounted on a peacock. It was originally a demon called Surapadma. One day, Muruga caused the fight, the demon, repenting when Muruga's spear headed on him, took the form of a tree and began to pray. The tree fell pierced into two halves. Murugan took one cock, put it under his banner, and the other a peacock which he made his horse


Kartikeya, whose strength is immense, is represented with six heads and dressed in a garment generally red. Form polycephalic rarer is specific South India and then with twelve arms. One of his weapons is a spear boomerang that never misses its target. God eternally young, it is characterized by its youthful hairstyle called triśira with three wicks.

He is represented standing or sitting on his horse or vâhana a peacock killer snakes named Paravani (year, time), symbol of sexual abstinence which removes poisons of the mind. (In hatha yoga, the power of sexual abstinence is called Skanda). It is sometimes accompanied by his consort, Devasenā, the personification of divine army.

This is the god of warriors, the most masculine and fierce, born to lead the heavenly hosts and destroy the demons battle. He will fight the ignorant and provide strength to anyone who seek spirituality.

He is often depicted holding in one hand a spear called sakti which symbolizes the destruction trends and negative impulses of humanity, and blessing his worshipers on the other hand. His vehicle is a peacock capable of destroying harmful serpents.


Saturday, 28 January 2006, Kuala Lumpur: a spectacular representation of the Batu caves.

Flowers are made by a helicopter on the new statue of Lord Murugan temple measuring 42.7 meters in Sri Subramaniar and there are singers in India. The ceremony was originally scheduled for February 11 Thaipusam.

This large statue entered the record books of Malaysia's largest statue of a deity Hindu country, inaugurated by the Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu.

This large statue located in the foothills of the temple is made of 1550 cubic meters of concrete, 250 tonnes of steel bars and 300 liters of gold paint from Thailand.
"This is the work of more than 3 years by 15 Indian sculptors," said Temple President R. Nadarajah. It added that the inaugural ceremony ended the night with fireworks and he expects more than 100,000 Hindus for the inauguration of the statue of Lord Murugan.

Mantras of Lord Murugan

Saravana bhava om

Saravana Bhava means "born in the forest of reeds. Saravana Bhava is composed of six syllables - Sa-Ra-va-na-bha-VA - contain the subtle essence of the six faces (Shadanana) of Lord Murugan.

Saravana om namah bhavāya

jaya jaya om Mahavira Bhagavan Sri Skanda Namo Namah

Aum! Victory, victory (to you)! Salutations to the great hero, Lord Skanda.

Muruga Muruga Muruga vel vel, vel Muruga Muruga Muruga Vetri

It is a popular shloka in Tamil, he glorifies and Vel Murugan (aka Shula, which means "spear"), which represents his Shakti. Vetri means victory.

jnana śaktidhara Skanda valli Kalya asundara
devasenā Manah kanta Kartikeya namo'stute
Om namah subrama Yaya

Skanda, who holds the power of spiritual knowledge,
The beloved of Valli and enchanting spirit of Devasena,
Greetings to you, O Kartikeya.
Aum! Greetings to Subramanya.

mayūravāhana Vira mardanam tārakāsura
Vande Anana has devam Kartikeya śivātmajam

For the Brave, whose mount is the peacock,
It is destructive demon Tarakasura,
Bow to Lord Shadanana, born of Shiva's own.


Skanda Gayatri Mantra

There are two Gayatris Skanda, the only difference between them is the name under which is called Murugan - Shanmukha or Skanda.

tatpuruāya vidmahe mahāsenāya Dhimahi
Tanno Shanmukha pracodayāt
Mahanarayana ~ Upanishad I.26
Taittiriya Aranyaka ~ X.1.6

tatpuruāya vidmahe mahāsenāya Dhimahi
Tanno Skanda pracodayāt