Arupadaiveedu This terms refer to the six sacred temples of Hindu God Lord Karthikeya - also known as Lord Muruga, Shanmuga, Guhan, Skanda, Subramanya and Kumara. All these temples are located in South India - in the state of Tamil Nadu.Though there are thousands of temples for the Hindu god Lord Muruga - around the globe, these six specific temples enjoy unparalled sanctity and populaity among the devotees of Muruga or Balasubramanya - and deserve a very special mention. These six temples that constitute the Arupadai veedu group of shrines are : 1.Thiruparamkunram Subramanya Swami Temple 2.Tiruchendur Sendhil Andavar Temple 3.Swamimalai Swaminatha Swami Temple 4.Palani Dandayudhapani Swamy Temple 5.Tiruthani Subramanya Swamy Temple and 6.Palamudhircholai Subramanya Swamy Temple The origins of these temples go back by more than 2000 years. We find references to these temples in many of the ancient tamil language literatures like Silapathikaram. These six places are considered to be the battle camps of Lord Muruga (Skandha). The term padai veedu - in Tamil- means Battle camp. Aru padai veedu means six battle camps. The six places are believed to be six different battle camps of Lord Muruga. We find that interesting legends and puranas are associated with each of these temples of Kumara (Lord Muruga). Ancient tamil work Thirumurugatupadai - sung by tamil saint poet Nakkerar in 1st century AD, hails each of these six places with prominance and importance. The poems also reveal that all of these temples were well established even during the sangam age (1st to 3rd century AD) - which only pushes the origins of these temples to periods before christ (BC). Legend has it that Nakkerar, a famous tamil poet in the Pandiya empire was imprisoned by a ghost in Thiruparamkundram, a mountanous region near Madurai in tamilnadu. Nakeerar, who was an ardent devotee of Lord Karthikeya, sang the songs in Thirumurugatrupadai - in praise of the Lord - while in prison. As he completed his poetry, the Lord appeared, demolished the Ghost and blessed Nakkerar.