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Story of the origin of the prayer Subrahmanya Bhujangam and Tiruchendur Murugan Temple

Subrahmanya Bhujangam is a prayer dedicated to Muruga or Kartik. This prayer was composed by Adi Shankaracharya. The popular belief is that Jagadguru Adi Shankara composed this prayer at the famous Tiruchendur Murugan Temple at Tirunellveli in Tamil Nadu.

Legend has it that Adi Shankaracharya was suffering from Kasa Roga (severe cough). He tried various medicines and mantra to control the cough. But He could not check the persistent cough with mantra and medicine. Searching for a cure, He reached the Tirchendur Murugan Temple.

At the temple He stood before the presiding deity and composed Subrahmanya Bhujangam in 33 shlokas and offered it to Muruga. As soon as He finished the prayer, the cough disappeared.