Worship Of Murugan
Murugan is a much more commonly worshipped deity in South India than in North India. He is also well known in Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Malaysia and Singapore.
In these areas he is referred to as Murugan whereas in North India, he is best known by the name Kartikeya.
In Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, he is more commonly called Subrahmanya.
Murugan has always been a very popular deity in South East Asia. Right through from being referenced by Lord Krishan in the Mahabharata to 2 Gupta dynasty kings being named after him and remains extremely popular throughout South and East India, Sri Lanka, as well as South East Asia.
In Bengal, as a son of Shiva and Parvati and as Parvati is a form of Durga, Murugan is also worshipped during Durga Puja.
However it is undoubtedly in Tamil areas that he is most widely revered. Tamil people often refer to him as Thamizh Kadavul which means ‘God of Tamils’, and the main temples dedicated to him are located in Tamil Nadu and in Sri Lanka.