Lord Kartikeya is the second son of Lord shiva and Goddess Parvati
and is brother of Lord Ganesha. He is one of the most delightful
worships of the Hindu god. He is also known as Shadanana, Guha, Murugan,
Shantakumar, Subramanya, Skanda, Sanmukha means six faces. He symbolizes
a person of perfection. Lord Kartikeya was created by all the gods to
lead the wonderful hosts and kill the demons.
Lord Kartikeya is the war god in the Hindu equivalent of Ares of
Mars. He is very fierce and masculine of all the gods. The Lord
Kartikkey is also called as sakti. Sakti symbolizes the destruction of
wickedness in humans and other hand is found devotees and blessing.
Kartikeya also regarded as Agni, fire. He is very Pitta in nature. He
vahana or vehicle is a peacock. It is the ability of destroying harmful
serpents. Thus the peacock symbolizes the killing of harmful and sensual
needs of humans. While Ganesh take away all difficulties, Skanda gives
all religious powers, mostly the power of knowledge. Lord Kartikeya is
considered the good-looking among all the gods, an everlasting bachelor,
the killer of all ills and the leader of gods.
Major temples devoted to Lord Kartikeya is known as 'Aaru Padai Veedu'
are located at Pazhamudircholai,Swami Mala, Thirucendur,
Thiruparankundram, Palani, Pazhamudircholai and Thiruthani. Lord
Kartikeya is very popular in South India like Skanda Sashti, Panguni
Uthiram, Thaipusam and Vaikasi Visakam. Lord Kartikeya is known as
Kartik in the eastern parts of the country especially in Orissa and West
Bengal., Lord Kartikeyae is portrayed with 2 consorts in south Indian
temples. Devasena the celestial princess and daughter of Lord Indra -
and Valli, hunter king Nambirajan's daughter.
Lord Kartik is worshipped individually during Kartik Puja in West
Bengal and also along with Goddess Saraswati, Goddess Laksmi, Lord
Ganesh and Goddes Durga during Durga Puja in September to October.
Kalidasa is the most well-known poet of Sanskrit literature. He was
written an epic on the birth of Kartikeya named Kumarasambhavam. The
symbolism of Kartikeya points to the conducts and means of attainment
perfection in life direction-finding clear of the 6 demonic vices:
sex(kaama), anger(krodha), greed(lobha), passion(moha), ego(mada) and
Lord Kartikeya Mula-Mantra
om saravana bhava
Saravana Bhava means "born of the forest of reeds." Saravana Bhava is
made up of six syllables - sa-ra-va-na-bha-va - which subtly contain the
essence of the six-faced (Shadanana) Lord Murugan.
Alternative type of the mantra
om Saravana bhavaya namah