Kartikeya, also known as Murugan is the son of Shiva and Parvati and the god of war as per the
Hindu tradition. He is one of those ancient gods whose origins could be traced back to the Vedic
era. He is illustrated as an ever-youthful god with his weapons, as if always ready for the war.
As per the legends, demon Taraka received a boon that he could only be killed by a son of
Shiva. Thus, the celibate Shiva was tricked into intimacy with Parvati by the gods, and Kartikeya
was born. Defeating Taraka using his unmatched war skills, he became the commander of the
army of gods.
This bronze statue of Kartikeya is made using the ancient Madhuchista Vidhana technique (lost
wax) by the brilliant craftsmen of Swamimalai. The statue is identical to the deity present in the
famous Murugan temple of Swamimalai. The lord is standing straight with his weapon, the spear
holding in his right hand. He is wearing a Dhoti (an Indian traditional attire) that is covering the
lower half of the body. His upper body is adorned with delicate pieces of jewellery and an exotic
crown. The face of the lord looks calm and restful, yet alert. Sculptors have done an amazing
job by retaining the ancient looks of the statue, yet giving the lord an exuberant and youthful
The statue is, by all means, an exquisite work of art illustrating the glory and magnificence of the ancient god of war. The timeless beauty and authenticity captured by the statue are beyond all the words used to describe it.
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