Film Screening

Lord Murugan and South-Indian Hinduism

Lord Murugan and South-Indian Hinduism (45 minutes, 2015) shows how south Indian Dravidian civilization has engaged for centuries with Buddhist, Jain, and Hindu ideas from northern India, including debates between those who believe in God and those who do not. Lord Murugan, who emerged in the hills of south India, flourishes today as a major Hindu deity in six sacred sites in Tamil-speaking south India. Pilgrims walk barefoot for days, carry heavy peacock-feathered kavadis on their shoulders, and perform voluntary austerities while they ask for Murugan’s blessings on themselves and their loved ones.

A production of the Chella Meenakshi Centre for Educational Research and Services, Madurai, Tamilnadu
Narrated by Joseph W. Elder and Dr. R. Venkatraman