Hindu Gods and Goddesses
Lord Kartikeya - Son of Shiva & Parvathi
Kartikeya, the second
son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati or Shakti, is known by many
names Subramaniam, Sanmukha, Shadanana, Skanda and Guha. In the
southern states of India, Kartikeya is a popular deity and is better
known as Murugan.
He is an embodiment
of perfection, a brave leader of god's forces, and a war god, who was
created to destroy the demons, representing the negative tendencies in
name, Shadanana, which means ‘one with six heads’ corresponds to the
five senses and the mind. The six heads also stand for his virtues
enables him to see in all the directions - an important attribute that
ensures that he counters all kinds blows that can hit him.
The war imagery and
the six heads of Kartikeya indicates that if humans wish to lead
themselves efficiently through the battle of life, they must always be
alert lest they are shown the wrong path by crafty people with the six
demonic vices: kaama (sex), krodha (anger), lobha (greed), moha
(passion), mada (ego) and matsarya (jealousy).
Kartikeya carries on
one hand a spear and his other hand is always blessing devotees. His
vehicle is a peacock, a pious bird that grips with its feet a serpent,
which symbolizes the ego and desires of people. The peacock represents
the destroyer of harmful habits and the conqueror of sensual desires.
The symbolism of Kartikeya thus points to the ways and means of
reaching perfection in life.