Murugan is the son of Durgā and Śiva. He is embodiment of youthful vigor, beauty, and valor. He is also known as Subhramaṇya, Skanda, Kārtikeya and Senāni (Commander in chief of god’s army). His varada mudra (blessing hand) assures the devotees not to be afraid of any difficulty in life and inspires all devotees to trust in god and to perform the right duty. Special events in the temple include: Monthly Abhiṣekaṃ (ritual bath) on second Saturdays, Tai Pūsam (in the Tamil month of thai- Jan/Feb) and Skanda Ṣaṣṭi (Oct/Nov).