Celebrate Xuan Tian Shang Di birthday 庆祝玄天上帝圣诞
Xian Wu was the 82nd manifestation of Tai Shang Lao Jun. He was born into the royal family of Jing Le as heir to the throne. However, he chose to cultivate in Wu Dang Shan and eventually attained Tao. He was appointed by Jade Emperor as the Supreme Emperor of the Mystical Heaven.
Another story describes him as a butcher, who felt remorseful for his killings and turned to Tao cultivation in Wu Dang Shan. In order to show his sincerity he dug out his intestines and washed them in a river, which caused the river to turn dark. Jade Emperor was moved by his sincerity and made him an immortal.
For his powerful skills and butcher background, Xuan Tian Shang Di is the patron deity of martial artists, butchers, policemen and soldiers. He is often portrayed as a warrior holding Seven-star sword (七星劍), with his feet on a snake and a turtle, which were demons subdued by him and are now under his command. Under his command, the 36 Celestial Generals (三十六天将) and their large armies of soldiers keep the evil spirits of the Underworld in check.
Temples dedicated to Xuan Tian Shang Di 主奉玄天上帝庙宇
1. Chia Leng Kong Heng Kang Tian 正龙宫玄江殿
2. Wu Dang Shan 武当山
3. Wak Hai Cheng Bio (Yueh Hai Qing Miao) 粤海清庙
4. Xi Shan Gong 西山宫
5. Chai Tien Tua 齐天坛
6. Chong Hock Tong Temple 崇福堂
7. Geylang United Temple 芽笼联合宫
8. Hiang Foo Siang Temple 玄夫仙庙
9. Hiang Leng Gong Temple 玄灵宫
10. Leng San Teng 麟山亭北极宫
11. Siang San Temple 玄山庙救世坛