Kartikeya was after all the son of
Shiva. So it did not take long for him to become strong and powerful. His
body developed rugged strength in a few days. There was a remarkable brightness
about him. His intelligence was immense. Valor and virtue were combined
in him. All knowledge and the power of expression came to him very soon.Everyone
who saw him felt a thrill and a delight.
There were festival everyday in Kailasa,
the abode of Shiva and Parvati. God Brahma himself performed the early
rituals like Jatakarma to Kumara. Shiva and Parvati blessed Kumara saying
that he should kill the wicked and protect Dharma and righteous- ness.
Shiva made Kumara sit on a throne studded with gems, and, anointing him
with the sacred waters of holy rivers declared him the commander of the
army of angels.
On that occasion the different deities
and angels made gifts of various powerful weapons and mystic powers to
Kartikeya. The Sun God presented him with a chariot, which had the speed
of thought. Yama, the Lord of the Netherworld, gave him Danda. Agni the
Fire God gave him theMahashakti and Aruna gave Kartikeya the Kukkuta bird
symbolizing the eternity of time. The Kukkuta or the cock became Kartikeya's
pennant also. And he rode on thepeacock.
Shiva sent Kartikeya with all other
angels to kill Tarakasura. They all started from
Kailasa. Meanwhile, the divine architect
Tvashta had built a city near the silver
mountain Rajatadri for Kartikeya.
The city had in it a palace, which contained a big
assembly hall and a throne in it.
Mahavishnu made Kartikeya sit on that throne and in a grand festival declared
hi m the master of the entire universe. Kumara now became the Protector
of the Universe.