Subramanyam is the son of Shiva and Parvati, and the brother of Ganesha. He embodies the qualities most often associated with the planet Mars; energy, determination, optimism, military might, quick intelligence, youthful exuberance and impulsiveness. Like many deities, he came into existence to meet a specific need; the killing of a demon who had obtained a boon that he could only be killed by a son of Shiva.
This podcast features the story of Subramanyam as told in the Sri Kandha Puranam, a classic work from Tamil Nadu in south India. The first episode of this series tells the story of the Purana’s author, Kachiappa Shivachariar, and the troubles he went through to present his work. Then we begin with the story of Subramanyam’s birth in which the gods have to convince the ascetic Shiva to marry Parvati; a task in which the vedic cupid, Manmatha is turned to ash because he interrupted Shiva’s meditation. Everything turns out well in the end though, and even Manmatha is returned to life, although invisible to all but his wife.
The chanting portion of the show begins with a traditional song about Subramanyam in the style of Tamil Nadu and concludes with the traditional sanskrit recitation of the 108 names of Subramanyam.