the Well-being of the World
Among the boys who displayed extra-
ordinary courage and heroism for the welfare of the world, the very first
one was Kartikeya. Even as a child he was an unparalleled hero. He destroyed
the wicked, protected the virtuous and upheld 'Dharma' or the path of virtue.
His learning was unequalled. He also brought into vogue the performance
of sacrifices without the killing of animals.
The temples of the deity Subrahmanya
are seen in many places in our country.
"Subrahmanya Shashti", or the sixth
day of a particular fortnight in the Hindu almanac,
is a sacred day for Hindus. A very
large number of devotees offer special worship on the "Shashti" days.The
great seer Sankara- charya has composed a hymn in Sanskrit language in
praise of Subrahmanya. It is called the "Subrahmanya Bhujanga Stotra".
By killing the wicked Rakshasas Taraka and Shurapadma, Kartikeya demonstrated
that however strong and intelligent the wicked may be, they will finally
be punished and vanquished. Tarakasura was so proud thinking that he had
obtained a boon from Brahma with such cleverness and there could be no
death for him. Evil can prosper for sometime and seem to win. But its final
defeat and destruction are inevitable. This truth has been upheld in our
mythology in various ways and in the rise and fall of many personages.