Its really spectacular to watch soorasamharam. Its today 18th november 2012. the history says...
Soorasamharam, or Surasamharam, is the
penultimate day of Skanda Shasti fasting which ends with the
Thirukalyanam. The popular
belief is that Lord Muruga killed Soorapadman with his 'Vel' and this
divine act is known as Soorasamharam. On the day, devotees celebrate
this victory of good over evil and restoration of Dharma.
to Skanda Purana, the demons under the leadership of Surapadma,
Simhamukha and Tarakasura defeated the Devas and took over the earth.
They started harassing the human beings and there was Adharma all
Brahma, the demi-gods and humans prayed to Lord Shiva to intervene and
to put an end to the demons Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati gave birth to
Lord Muruga – the most handsome god and the commander of the Devas.
Muraga then appeared to fight the demons and the fight continued for
six days and killed all the attendants and friends of demon Surapadman.
On the final day, there was intense battle between Muruga and
Finally, Lord Muruga pierced the body of
Surapadma with his Vel (lance). Suddenly, demon Surapadma transformed
into a huge mango tree but Lord Muruga cut the tree vertically into two
pieces with His Vel.The
two pieces transformed into a peacock and cock. Lord Muruga took the
peacock as his vahana or vehicle and the cock was given a place on his
banner. This event is popularly known as Surasamharam.
famous 'Vetri Vel' chanting that takes place on the Shasti day is
associated with the victory of Skanda over demon Soorapadman.
The day is of great significance at the Lord Muruga Temples in South India, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa and Sri Lanka. The most famous Soorasamharam festival takes place at the Tiruchendur Murgan Temple - the divine action of Lord Muruga is re-enacted on the day and it is witnessed by thousands of people.