Sunday, January 19, 2014

Why do Chinese worship Lord Shiva's son Kartikeya?

Murugan is most popular amongst the Tamil people who revere Him as Thamizh Kadavul which means 'God of Tamils'. He is also worshiped in Rajasthan and in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, where he is known as Kartik Swami. What very few Hindus knows is that Kartikeya or Murugan is also worshiped by Chinese Buddhist as a protector of Buddhism in China.  

Chinese Skanda
Wei Tuo Pú-sà (bodhisattva Skanda/ Murugan) is recognized as one of the eight divine protectors in Chinese Buddhism. Iconographically, he appears as a majestic general in his armor.

Before entering Nirvana, Buddha ordered the general, who remained in this world, to protect the Buddha Dharma. After the death of Buddha, the relics were robbed by evil demons. The Bodhisattva Wei Tuo managed to overcome the demons and recovered the relics of Buddha.

Wei Tuo Pú Sà is regarded as a devoted guardian of Buddhist monasteries who guards faithfully the Buddhist treasures and the objects of the Dharma.

May Lord Wei Tuo Pú Sà who is also known as Murugan and Kartikeya bless us all!  

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