Unique Attributes: Lord of War, wisdom
Other Names: Murugan, Muruganswami, Skanda, Mayilvahanan, Subramaniam, Guha, Sanmukha, Shadanana, Kumara
Primary Scriptures: Skanda Purana, Satapatha Brahmana, Chandogya Upanishad, Baudhayana Dharmasutra, Mahabharata,
Consort: Valli and Devayani
Vahan (Vehicle): Peacock
Kartikay is known as Lord Murugan in South India and Kartikeya in the northern part of the country, the lord of war is the second son of Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati. The text Skanda Purana is entirely dedicated to the narrative of Lord Kartikeya.
Lord Kartikeya symbolizes a person of perfection. He is the war God and was created by all the Gods to bring an end to the demons. Lord Kartikeya is very masculine and fierce. He is also regarded as fire and is very fiery in nature. The Lord has a spear in his hand called Sakti which represents the destruction of evil and with his other hand he is found blessing his devotees. Lord Kartikeya’s vehicle or Vahana is a peacock that has the capacity of killing serpents by gripping in his feet. Thus, the peacock represents the destroyer of harmful and sensual desires of humans.
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