Popularly known as the elder son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati according to the Skanda Purana or the child of 'Agni' or the God of Fire, Lord Karttikeya is a notable figure in Hindu folklore. He tended to by various names like Murugan, Subramaniam, Sanmukha, Skanda and Guha. He is generally famous as Lord Murugan in the southern provinces of India. Kartikeya represents an association of polarities. He is an attractive hero and portrayed as a chaste yogi. He utilizes his inventive military capacities to lead a war against Taraka and other evil spirits. In West Bengal, Kartikeya is related to the birth of kids. Worshiped on the last day of the Month of Kartik (October-November), the clay statue of the god is kept around evening time before the worship day for the recently married couple before entering their home. The divinity is worshiped the following day in the evening and is offered toys.
When the five components administered by Lord Shiva (Panch Mahabhoota - Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Ether) joined with Shakti (Pure Consciousness), Lord Karttikeya was conceived. Shiva is called Panchaanana - Lord with five heads. These five heads address the five components of Nature. When these five components joined with the 6th: Chaitanya Shakti (unadulterated awareness), they brought forth the Shadaanana (six-headed), called Lord Karttikeya. Human Beings have seven chakras inside them. The energy in our body floods through different chakras and balances out at the 6th chakra - the Ajna chakra (present between the eyebrows), it manifests as Lord Karttikeya.
The Ajna chakra is the spot of the Guru Principle. It is the place where the Guru Principle blooms and shows itself. Furthermore, the Guru Principle itself is Karthikeya. Shiva is the un-manifest Divinity, while Lord Karttikeya is the manifest. Thus, Lord Karttikeya is symbolic of the Kundalini Shakti. Kartikeya carries a spear in one hand and his other hand is busy showering blessings on his devotees. His Vahan is a peacock, a devout bird that holds with its feet a snake, which represents the inner self and wants of individuals. The peacock symbolizes the destruction of bad habits and winning over sensual wants. Welcome a statue of Kartikeya into your life and let them grow into a perfect manifestation of a balanced life.
Q1. What are some of the festivals that honor Lord Karttikeya?
One of two significant festivities committed to the love of Lord Kartikeya is Thaipusam. It is accepted that on this day, Goddess Parvati gifted a spear to Lord Murugan to vanquish the devilish army of Tarakasura and battle their abhorrent deeds. Thus, Thaipusam is a festival of the triumph of good over evil. Another celebration organized for Lord Karttikeya by Shaivite Hindus is Skanda Sashti, which is celebrated on the 6th day of the splendid fortnight of the Tamil month of Aippasi (October - November). It is widely said that Kartikeya, on this day, destroyed the legendary devil Taraka. Celebrated in all Shaivite and Subramanya temples in South India, Skanda Sashti recognizes the obliteration of evil by Lord Karttikeya.
Q2. Why is Lord Karttikeya also called Dev Senapati?
Kartikeya, the divine force of war and general of the army of divine beings, is known for his phenomenal strength and abilities. It is said that he was flawlessly exemplified, incredibly courageous and smart, and exceptionally capable in the craft of war. He is viewed as the leading commander of devas as he was for the most part made to obliterate evil spirits that represent negative human propensities. Kartikeya was destined to kill Tarakasura; he was born a strong warrior. Thus, he was known as Dev Senapati.
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