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Kumara Swamy or Kartikeya is also worshipped as Subrahmanya swamy (snake form). What is the story behind taking this form? Which Purana states it?

  • Do you know etymology of word "Subramanya"? – The Destroyer Jul 28 '16 at 4:03
  • @TheDestroyer Yes. Su + Brahmanya, I know that, but I heard that there is a story behind taking this form, which happened near Srisailam, that he married the daughter of a chenchu (who also happened to be the daughter of Kumuda, son of Adisesha). So Where does this story come from? Which purana states it? – Student Jul 28 '16 at 4:55
  • I heard a similar story of Vasuki acquiring boon from Kumara Swamy that whoever worship Vasuki or Nagendra will get blessings of Subramanya too. BTW, i heard that Shiva married a Chechu girl and even those people consider Shiva as their Son-in-law. – The Destroyer Jul 28 '16 at 5:06
  • So, What is the story behind taking this form and what is the source? – Student Jul 28 '16 at 5:10
  • I don't know proper story and where it is mentioned. What is meaning of Brahmanya? – The Destroyer Jul 28 '16 at 5:12
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According to Mopidevi Subramanya Swami temple of Andhra Pradesh, the story of Kumara Swamy turning into snake is mentioned in Sahyadri Khanda of Skanda MahaPurana. You can read Sthala Purana from here (in telugu).

Sahyadri Khanda mentions legends of temples on the bank of River Krishna. You can read Sahyadri Khanda in Sanskrit from here.

Temple website describes the story in English as follows :

Four Deva Rishis viz., Sankara, Sanakasa, Sanatkumara, and Sanatsujata are known for their un-wavering devotion and saintly knowledge. They are immortal and always appear at the age of five years to others. They remained so detached from the awareness of worldly matters that they remain naked without covering their bodies. Once, they came to Kailas, the abode of Lord Shiva to worship Him. At the same time, Sachi Devi, Swaha Devi, Goddess Saraswathi and Goddess Lakshmi also arrived. Lord Subrahmanyeswara was sitting in the lap of his mother Goddess Parvathi by that time. Lord Subrahmanyeswara as a child was bewildered at the two contrasts of fully clad Gods and Goddesses on one hand and the nude Deva rishis on the other. He giggled innocently in a childish way. Goddess Parvathi chided Lord Subrahmanyeswara for his folly. Later, Lord Subrahmanyeswara realised his lapse and took permission to do penance to get rid of the blemish. Lord Subrahmanyeswara did the penance in disguise, in the form of a snake for many years and successfully cleansed Himself of his folly. The place where Lord Subrahmanyeswara did penance later came to be known as ‘Mopidevi’.

  • Dr. Vaddiparti Padmakar says a different story in Dharma Sandehalu here youtu.be/Vg9ShcZEm9w?t=3m18s – Student Oct 20 '16 at 4:13
  • @Student i can't understand Sanskrit. Can you see whether Mopidevi story is available in Sahyadri Khanda? if not, Temple authorities might have slightly different version of Sahyadri Khanda. – The Destroyer Oct 20 '16 at 4:23
  • @Student I think Kumara Swamy can take any form at His will. But first time might be when he was child as above story mentions he was kid. – The Destroyer Oct 20 '16 at 4:29

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