The Lord With Six Colorful Faces

Today's photo is brought to you by Suzette Barnett, a recent visitor to the Aadheenam. The subject is Lord Shanmuga amidst the banyan tree along Thiruneri which leads to Kadavul Temple. She was the first to discover His multi-colored appearance, which became evident upon the pruning of His banyan tree. One of the consequences of this recent trimming is the drastic increase of sunlight on His form, thus showcasing the aforementioned colors. We see hues of green, yellow, blue, and even some red. These are all the tiny life forms which grow on everything here in warm, wet Kaua`i. In other places, this might be thought of as "dirty," something to be prevented or removed. But here at Kaua`i Aadheenam, we embrace the unavoidable and acknowledge our outdoor Deities as suitable refuge for all of Siva's forms.

In his mystical hymn on Lord Murugan called Kandar Anuboothi, Saint Arunagirinathar implores Lord Murugan,

"Oh Shanmuga! I beseech You to reveal that one mystery called Eternal Truth. Is it Ether? Water? Earth? Fire? Wind? Or is it the dawn of sensory knowledge? Or the ever-reverberating Vedas? Or is it the mind, the abode where I was subdued and won by You?"

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