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Son of Shiva and Parvati. Worshipped through various other names also such as
Kurnaraswami, Shanmukha,Subrahmanya.. He resurrected the path of virtue by killing
Tarakasura and Shurapadma who were harassing the world.

Author - T.Keshava Bhatta


In Bharat, Ganesha is a very popular deity. The young and the old alike worship him.
Like Ganesha, the other beloved son of Parvati is Kartikeya. He is a hero who even as a very young boy, became the commander of the army of the angels and killed wicked Rakshasas (demons) like Taraka.

Kartikeya has several names. As he was breast-fed by six Karittika deities, he is called 'Kartikeya'. Since he has six faces, he is 'Shanmukha'. Because of his omniscience, he is 'Subrahmanya'. As he gathered a huge army to kill the demons, he is also called 'Mahasena'. Since he captained the army of the angels in the fight with the Rakshasas, he was given the title of 'Senani' or 'Commander'. Since he was born out of the life-source that slipped ('Skanna) from Shiva, he is named 'Skanda'. With the peacock as his mode of transport, he is 'Shikhivahana'. And he is always a young boy because of which he is 'Kumara'. This term also means that he is one who kills evil persons. And he is more handsome than Manmatha, the Gods of Love. He is worshipped as 'Guha' too,
since he protects his devotees from enemies. He thus has a large number of names.

For those who do great and good deeds for the welfare of the world and are considered Gods, it is no wonder that there are a hundred or even a thousand such names.

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Kartikeya - Son of Shiva and Parvati!
About Kartikeya
You are Here! Introduction
"Brahma, You Don't Know"
What Of Shiva?
Who Is Taraka?
'If I Should Die-?'
Kartikeya Is Born
The Commander
A Warning To Tarakasura
Has Shiva's Son Come?
Who Should Stop Taraka?
Taraka Is Killed
Rakshasa Army Is Razed

One More Evil

Assault On Indra's Heaven
Angel's Are Defeated
Assurance To Angels
Ajamukhi's Trick
Shiva's Order
The Fight
Shurapadma's End
"My Goat Is Missing"
Yajna With No Killing
For The Well-Being Of The World
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