Digest Number 1310
  • In 'Tamizh Ilakkiya varalaaru' by Mu.Va, the author
    talks of the references to MUrugan worship and
    maintains that the Somaskanda concept came into being
    during the first six centuries of Modern era. As for
    Adi Shankara's references, I think there is still a
    controversy over his dates itself. He can be parked
    anywhere from the 5th century BC(if you take Kanchi
    Madam's dating) to sixth century CE (in line with the
    Bhakthi movement). Thus I dont think trying to date
    the Somaskanda worship with AdiShankara's help is not
    going to fly far. Furter, if you take the datings of
    Neelakanda Sastri et al, the Sangam age itself is the
    first 2-3 centuries of the common era and Gokul's
    thought that the integration between Kottravai and
    Shiva occured during this period will fit well with
    the Shaivist revival and the Bhakthi movement that
    followed this period. As far as I know, Sangam
    literature has lot of references to Murugan worship
    (especially whenever the Vettuvars are mentioned and
    Kabilar has sung on the same also) but no mention of
    Murugan being the son of Shiva. I, for one, believe
    that Murugan along with the Naattar deivangal that
    followed are the Tamil Gods who can be traced back to
    the origins of the language itself. But as I mentioned
    it is a belief and there are factual proofs needed for
    substantiating it.

    And I am not a scholar like Gokul but I like the way
    things connect between the various things I've read.
    Point out any mistakes in the above.

    Muthu Prakash R



    "'I can't explain myself, I'm afraid, Sir,' said Alice, 'because I'm not myself you see.'"
    -Alice in Alice In Wonderland

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