When Siva said to Ganesha and Murugan, “Whoever goes around the universe first will get this mango,” Murugan immediately took off on his peacock to go around the universe, while Ganesha was thinking how to do that (He has got only a slow moving mouse). When Murugan was going around, He met Rishi Ahasthir. Murugan created Tamil language and taught Tamil to Ahasthir (so, Ahasthir was the first Tamil student). This delayed Murugan and in the mean time Ganesha circumambulated (pradakshina) Siva and Parvathi and received the Mango, and Murugan arrived just in time (teaching us that parents are the universe). The Tamil word “Murugan” means “Beautiful.” No wonder Murugan created that word to describe Him.
"Stand strong for Saivism." The nature of life for Saivites is to turn work into worship, to turn the secular into the sacred. Each day give a little extra warmth, humanness and upliftment to others. Every day is a holy day, all day long. We want to follow our religion even in our dreams. If we help someone, we're worshiping. Wherever we are, that's a place of worship. "To the Saivite Hindu all of life is sacred. All of life is religion."