Lord Skanda-Murugan
 

Thrust Areas for the Third International Conference Seminar on Murukan - Skanda

Kuala Lumpur, 2-5 November 2003

    Murukan worship - Tamil sources

  1. The Orgin and development of Murukan worship in Tamilnadu - its special significance and place in the religious worships of the world.
  2. Murukan worship as prevalent among the primitive peoples of South India with special reference to Tribal worship in Tamilnadu.
  3. Archaeological evidences of early Murukan worship with particular emphasis on Aticcanallur Findings and Indus valley excavation.
  4. Early sources of Murukan in Tolkappiyam and Cankam Classics Pattu Pattu
  5. The Tamil concept of 'Akam Traditions' and Murukan worship.
  6. The Tamil concept of 'Puram Traditions' and Murukan worship.
  7. Evolution of Murukan from Kurin cikkatavul to Tamil katavul
  8. Murukan worship in early Tamil Bhakti Literature such as Tevaram, Tiruvacakam & other Tirumurais
  9. Murukan worship as found in Tamil kaviyas
  10. Murukan worship in Tamil minor literary works (cirrilakkiyankal)
  11. Revival of Murukan worship - Kacciyappar and Arunakirinatar
  12. Other Tamil saints associated with Murukan worship:
    1. Kumarakuruparar
    2. Annamalai Reddiyar
    3. Pamban Swamigal
    4. Dandapani Swamgal
    5. Vallimalai Satchidananda Swamigal
    6. Kripananda Variar Swamigal and others.
  13. Murukan worship and its influence on Tamil folk traditions, folk culture & Literature
  14. Allusions - literary, historical, and mythological relating to Murukan

    Skanda worship - Sanskrit sources

  1. History of Skanda worship in North India
  2. Skanda worship from the early Sanskrit sources - Later Vedic Period
  3. Skanda worship from the epic sources - Mahabharata and Ramayana
  4. Skanda worship from the clasical Sanskrit sources - Kalidasa & other classical poets & dramatists
  5. Skanda worship from the puranic sources - Skanda Purana & other puranas
  6. Karttikeya in early Indian coinage
  7. Karttikeya in early Indian Temples - icons & idols

    Tamil and Sanskrit Traditions: Their mutual influence upon literature & culture

  1. Myths and Legends relating to Murukan - Skanda
  2. Murukan - Skanda, beliefs, traditions and customs
  3. Concepts of Music, Dance, Dance-Drama and Art and Architecture based on Murukan Skanda.
  4. Literary Forms and Patterns based on Murukan - Skanda worship
  5. Development of Puranas based on Murukan - Skanda worship
  6. Temples & Temple worship relating to Murukan - Skanda

    Modes of worship

  1. Congregational worship
  2. Worship relating to vedic and Agamic patterns
  3. Alaku, kavati, pada yatra, sacrifices and other traditional practices.
  4. History of Murukan - Skanda worship
  5. Local oral traditions and worship
  6. Temple Architecture and worship festivals
  7. Festivals associated with Murukan - Skanda
    1. Taippucam,
    2. Kanda Sashti
    3. Karttikai,
    4. Pankuni Uttiram,
    5. Vaikaci Vicakam

    Subramanya worship in other states of South India :

  1. Kerala
  2. Karnataka
  3. Andhra Pradesh under the following aspects:
    1. History of Subramanya worship
    2. Places of Subramanya worship
    3. Local Literature and Oral Tradition
    4. Local Modes of worship

    Karttikeya worship in North Indian states

  1. Bengal
  2. Orisa
  3. Gujarat
  4. Maddya Pradesh
  5. Uttra Pradesh
  6. Mharastra
  7. Assam
  8. Jummu & Kashmir under the following aspects
    1. History of Karttikeya worship
    2. Places of Karttikeya worship
    3. Local Literature and Oral Tradition
    4. Local Modes of worship

    Murukan worship in Tamil Diaspora countries

General Murukan worship in 45 Tamil Diaspora countries of the entire globe such as Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Maruitius, Reunion Island, Madacascar, Fiji Island, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand etc. under following the aspects:

  1. History of Murukan worship in the particular Diaspora Country
  2. Local oral traditions and worship
  3. Modes of worship such as:
    1. pada yatra
    2. puja
    3. congregational
    4. Vedic & Agamic patterns
    5. llaku
    6. kavati
    7. sacrifice
    8. individual practices
  4. Temple architecture and worship
  5. Festivals associated with Murukan- Skanda such as Taippucam, Kanda Sashti, Karttikai, Pankuni Uttiram, Vaikaci Vicakam etc. and their history, interpretation, special significance and impaction Society
  6. Contemporary trends and innovations in Murukan - Skanda worship and their place and impact on Modern Society.
  7. Special features relating to the particular Diaspora country's tradition and culture with special reference to:
    1. Malaysia: Batu Caves
      1. History of Murukan worship in Malaysia
      2. Local oral tradition and Literature about Murukan and His worship
      3. Malay and Chinese ethnic participation
      4. Taippucam Taippucam at Batu Cave
      5. Modes of worship : pada yatra, puja, congregational worship, vedic & agamic patterns, alaku, kavati, sacrifices individual practices
      6. Temples and Temple worship
      7. Contemporary trends and innovations
      8. Festivals associated with Murukan - Taippucam, Kanda Sahti, Karttikai, Pankuni Uttiram, Vaikaci Vicakam etc, their history, interpretaton, the special significance and their impact on society.
    2. Singapore
      1. History of Murukan worship in Singapore
      2. Local oral tradition and Literature about Murukan and His worship
      3. Malay and Chinese ethnic participation
      4. Modes of worship : pada yatra, puja, congregational worship, vedic & agamic patterns, alaku, kavati, Sacrifices individual practices
      5. Temples and Temple worship
      6. Contemporary trends and innovations
      7. Festivals associated with Murukan - Taippucam, Kanda Sakti, Karttikai, Pankuni Uttiram, Vaikaci Vicakam etc, their history, Interpretaton, the special significance and their impact on society
    3. Sri Lanka : Katirkamam
      1. History of Murukan worship in Sri Lanka
      2. Local oral tradition and Literature about Murukan and His worship
      3. Sinhala, Muslim and Vedda participation
      4. Modes of worship : pada yatra, puja, congregational worship, vedic & agamic patterns, alaku, kavati, sacrifices individual practices
      5. Temples and Temple worship
      6. Contemporary trends and innovations
      7. Festivals associated with Murukan - Taippucam, Kanda Sakti, Karttikai, Pankuni Uttiram, Vaikaci Vicakam etc, their history, Interpretaton, the special significance and their impact on society.
    4. Mauritius
      1. History of Murukan worship in Mauritius
      2. Local oral tradition and Literature about Murukan and His worship
      3. Modes of worship : pada yatra, puja, congregational worship, vedic & agamic patterns, alaku, kavati, Sacrifices individual practices
      4. Temples and Temple worship
      5. Contemporary trends and innovations
      6. Festivals associated with Murukan - Taippucam, Kanda Sashti, Karttikai, Pankuni Uttiram, Vaikaci Vicagam etc, their history, Interpretaton, the special significance and their impact on society.
    5. Reunion Island
      1. History of Murukan worship in Reunion Island
      2. Local oral tradition and Literature about Murukan and His worship
      3. Non - Indian participation
      4. Modes of worship : pada yatra, puja, congregational worship, vedic & agamic patterns, alaku, kavati, Sacrifices individual practices
      5. Temples and Temple worship
      6. Contemporary trends and innovations
      7. Festivals associated with Murukan - Taippucam, Kanda Sashti, Karttikai, Pankuni Uttiram, Vaikaci Vicakam etc, their history, Interpretaton, the special significance and their impact on society.
    6. Fiji
      1. History of Murukan worship in Fiji Island
      2. Local oral tradition and Literature about Murukan and His worship
      3. Non - Tamil and Non - Indian participation
      4. Modes of worship : pada yatra, puja, congregational worship, vedic & agamic patterns, alaku, kavati, Sacrifices individual practices
      5. Temples and Temple worship
      6. Contemporary trends and innovations
      7. Festivals associated with Murukan - Taippucam, Kanda Sakti, Karttikai, Pankuni Uttiram, Vaikaci Vicakam etc, their history, Interpretaton, the special significance and their impact on society.
    7. Australia
      1. History of Murukan worship in Australia
      2. Local oral tradition and Literature about Murukan and His worship
      3. Non - Tamil and Non - Indian participation
      4. Modes of worship : pada yatra, puja, congregational worship, vedic & agamic patterns, alaku, kavati, Sacrifices individual practices
      5. Temples and Temple worship
      6. Contemporary trends and innovations
      7. Festivals associated with Murukan - Taippucam, Kanda Sashti, Karttikai, Pankuni Uttiram, Vaikaci Vicakam etc, their history, Interpretaton, the special significance and their impact on society.
    8. New Zealand
      1. History of Murukan worship in New Zealand
      2. Local oral tradition and Literature about Murukan and His worship
      3. Non - Tamil and Non - Indian participation
      4. Modes of worship : pada yatra, puja, congregational worship, vedic & agamic patterns, alaku, kavati, Sacrifices individual practices
      5. Temples and Temple worship
      6. Contemporary trends and innovations
      7. Festivals associated with Murukan - Taippucam, Kanda Sashti, Karttikai, Pankuni Uttiram, Vaikaci Vicakam etc, their history, interpretaton, the special significance and their impact on society.
    9. South Africa
      1. History of Murukan worship in South Africa
      2. Local oral tradition and Literature about Murukan and His worship
      3. Black African, et al. participation
      4. Modes of worship : pada yatra, puja, congregational worship, vedic & agamic patterns, alaku, kavati, Sacrifices individual practices
      5. Temples and Temple worship
      6. Contemporary trends and innovations
      7. Festivals associated with Murukan - Taippucam, Kanda Sakti, Karttikai, Pankuni Uttiram, Vaikaci Vicakam ect, their history, Interpretaton, the special significance and their impact on society.

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