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Kartikeya, also known as Skanda, Murugan and Subramaniyan, is the Hindu god of war. He is the commander-in-chief of the army of the devas (gods) and the son of Shiva and Parvati.

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Why is Kartikeya not worshiped much compared to lord Shiva, lord Ganesha and goddess Parvati?

Kartikeya is elder son of lord Shiva and goddess Parvati, but he is not worshiped much compared to his dad, mother and brother. If you visit temples in our country, rarely any temple will have an ...
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Is there any story in scriptures about the origin of peacocks?

The Shalya Parva of Mahabharat while describing the gifts of different arms to Kartikeya mentions the following: Garuda gave him his favourite son, a peacock of beautiful feathers. Aruna gave him a ...
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Who is the eldest son of Lord Shiva?

In South India, people worship Lord Ganesh and consider him to be Lord Shiva's first son and elder to Lord Kartikeya. In the North and remaining parts of India however, people have a faith that Lord ...
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Was Lord Muruga Guru to Lord Shiva and taught him the complete explanation of OM?

EXPLANATION : Movies and Serials say Lord Muruga was Student of Lord Brahma and asked for Explanation of OM Then Lord Brahma tried to give Explanation of OM but Lord Muruga was not satisfied with ...
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What did Kartikeya do to get blessings from the Lords that Hanuman had met?

Two days ago, I saw the series "Sankat Mochan Hanuman" on Sony TV. In that Lord Hanuman got lots of blessings from Devtas & Lord Shiva. At that time, one of the Devta told Hanuman that he was ...
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How Skanda in North India to Kandha (Lord muruga) in South India?

While reading an article I got this line, The references to Murugan can be traced back to the first millennium BCE. There are references to Murugan in Kautilya's Arthashastra, in the works ...
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Why is Kartikeya called as Guha?

Kartikeya is addressed as Guha many times in Mahabharat. What is the meaning of Guha and why is Kartikeya called as Guha? Here is one example from Sambhava Parva: The illustrious deity Guha, who ...
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What is the reason behind Lord Kartikeya holding a rooster flag?

Kartikeya (also called Muruga, Skanda, Subrahmanya) is the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati. He is mostly worshiped in the southern part of India. He is also the commander-in-chief of the army of the ...
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What scriptures describe Brahma's son Sanatkumara being reborn as Shiva's son Kartikeya?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage Vyasa ...
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Wives of Lord Kartikeya

I read some stories in North India where Lord Kartikeya is said to have vowed not to marry, while in South India, he is seen along with 2 wives. I wanted to know, who are the wives of Lord Kartikeya ...
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Who is this figure depicted between Shiva and Parvati?

Edward Moor's book "The Hindu Pantheon", published in 1810, provides numerous pictures of Hindu gods. Here's one such picture, depicting Shiva and Parvati: My question is, who is the small figure ...
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Is Shiva's son Kartikeya the rishi of two hymns of the Rig Veda?

As I discuss in this answer, how the Vedas originated is that from time immemorial, sages known as Dhristas have heard sacred verses directly from the gods during a state of Tapasya (deep meditation). ...
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Do any scripture portrays Lord Kartikeya (Murugan) to be the Supreme God?

Just like this question here, I would like to know whether any scripture portrays Lord Kartikeya (Murugan) to be the Supreme God.
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What is the story of Kumara Swamy or Kartikeya taking the form of Subrahmanya (snake)?

Kumara Swamy or Kartikeya is also worshipped as Subrahmanya swamy (snake form). What is the story behind taking this form? Which Purana states it?
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Which puranas contain the story of the contest between Ganesha and Kartikeya for vighnadhipatyam?

One of the famous stories associated with Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikeya is their competition between them for the leadership over the Ganas and obstacles. This story is also a part of the Vinayaka ...
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Is Kartikeya, son of Lord Shiva, still Chief Leader (Senapati) of Deva/Devta's army?

I know that Kartikeya was selected as a Chief Leader (Senapati) of Deva/Devta's army. I want to know whether Kartikeya is immortal or not? If yes, then is he still the Chief Leader(Senapati) of Deva/...
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Where is Subrahmanya Sahasranamam mentioned in the Skanda Purana?

I am unable to find the exact portion in the Skanda purANa where Brahma composes the Sahasranamam for Lord Subrahmanya- It says Eswara Proktam in the Skanda Purana, but I cant find it in the Skanda ...
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Source reference for Lord Kartikeya's peeling off skin incident

I came across an information that there exists a temple for Lord Kartikeya in Kurukshetra where entry for women is prohibited. The reason for that is an incident in which there was a competition ...
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Why is Lord Kartikeya called 'Devasenapati'?

I have heard two explanations of 'Devasenapati' as an adjective of Lord Kartikeya. He is the husband of DevasenA, ie 'DevasenA-pati'. He is the Chief of the Divine Army, ie 'Deva-senApati'. Which ...
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What is the story of Kartikeya's sons?

While reading the Kathasaritsagara I came across the mention of Kartikeya's sons Shakha and Vishakha: And the gods, together with the Rishis, went to the six-mouthed Kārttikeya for protection, and he,...
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Where do I find Devotional Sanskrit Stotra Sung in praise of Lord Kartikeya from? [closed]

There does not seem to be many Sanskrit stotras in praise of Lord Kartikeya. Being a member of the Shiva family I am wondering why aren't their many stotras in comparison to other gods? Also, what ...
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Various names of Lord Subrahmanya

Lord Subrahmanya is known as Kumaran, Kandan, Murugan, Velan etc. How these names have come?
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Why Lord Muruga is not worshiped in north india as much as he is in south india? [duplicate]

Why North Indians don't worship Lord Murugan(Karthikeya) as much as they worship Lord Ganesha? But this doesn't happen in South India.
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Is Devasena Shasti?

From this question,we know that Kartikeya has two wives,Devasena and Valli. However,this question is mainly on Devaseena as well as another goddess, Shasti. She mentioned in the Devi Bhagvata Purana ...
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Where does the Shatapatha Brahmana mention Kartikeya as son of Rudra?

I have found several websites and texts mentioning Shatapatha Brahmana says Kartikeya as son of Rudra. Wikipedia here also mentions the same.. The Shatapatha Brahmana refers to him as the son of ...
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Where is Surapadman in Sanskrit scriptures?

Kandha Puranam is a very revered Tamil scripture that talks about the glories of Lord Muruga (or Kartikeya). It was written by Kachiyappa Sivacharyar as the Tamil equivalent of Skanda Purana, and ...
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Do those who worship at Agastya's lake become devotees of Kartikeya?

In this chapter of the Vana Parva of the Mahabharata, the sage Pulastya, mind-born son of Brahma and the grandfather of Ravana, tells Bhishma about a variety of Tirthas or sacred places. In ...
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About Skanda Shasti Fasting

Skanda Shasti is a famous festival in Tamilnadu. I want to know what is Skanda Shasti and Skanda Shasti Fasting? How to observe this fasting and pooja?
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How did Tarakasura know about future incarnations of Lord Vishnu?

In Shiva Purana Rudra-samhita, Tarakasura boasted and also disrespected Lord Vishnu before his war with Kartikeya. During his boasting, he also mentioned Rama avatar and Krishna avatar which happened ...
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What were the reasons for adding “ôm” at end in Subrahmanyôm?

In this answer it was explained the meaning of Subrahmanya as "su—brahmaṇya very kind or dear to Brāhmans". In the Subrahmanya litany, it was mentioned as Subrahmanyôm (3:3:4:17 of Satapatha ...
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What is significance of Thaipusam Festival?

Thaipusam is an important festival celebrated by Tamil speaking Hindus all over the world. What is its significance and legends? What is Kevatti Ceremony?
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What scriptures mention the location of Kartikeya's marriage to Devasena?

As I discuss in this answer, Shiva's son Kartikeya, AKA Skanda or Muruga, has two wives, Valli and Devasena. Now I just came back from a trip to India, and one of the places I visited was the ...
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Why peacock is the Vahana of Lord Karthik?

Is there any reason for peacock as Vahana of Lord Karthik? What is the story?
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Has Kartikeya kill any other demons other than Tarakasura?

As per the story of Kartikeya, the god destroyed the demon Tarakasura.Some stories claim that he even killed the demon's brothers,Surapadman and another demon,whose name I have forgotten.However,other ...
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Does epic like Mahabharata mention about Lord Shiva's personal life events?

Does it mention about - 1. Marriage of Shiva & Parvati 2. Birth of Kartikeya & Ganesha 3. Consuming poison during churning of ocean 4. Birth of Andhaka Or some other ...
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God murugan is considered as tamil god. Is he known to all hindus? [duplicate]

God Murugan is known as lord Shiva's son and also called as Kartikeya. He used to be called as Tamil god and famous in Tamil Hindus. Is he known to all Hindus?
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Did Lord Muruga and Lord Ganesh have their navels from birth?

Lord Muruga (Kartikeya) born from the third eye of Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesh was made as a doll and given life by Goddess Parvathi. So both of them didn't have their own navels. Generally navel is ...
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Why Lord Kartik and Goddess Saraswati are unmarried?

Beside Maa Durga stands Lord Kartika, Lord Ganesha, Goddess Saraswati and Goddess Lakhsmi. While Lord Ganesha is married to a Banana Plant and Goddess Lakhsmi is married to Lord Narayan. Why is Lord ...
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When Shiva has five faces how does Subramanya have six faces?

Muruga is created from the third eye of Shiva. The five faces of Shiva are Sadyojata, Aghora, Tatpurusham, Ishana and Vamadeva. Where is the sixth face of Shiva to create another face for Subramanya?
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Lord Kartikeya Origins

I recently was reading on Wikipedia : Kartikeya is an ancient god, traceable to the Vedic era. Archaeological evidence from 1st-century CE and earlier,[9] where he is found with Hindu god Agni (fire),...
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Which scriptures mention Kartikeya as the elder brother of Ganesha?

This Answer mention Ganesha as the elder brother of Kartikeya. But most of the North Indians believe that Kartikeya is elder. So, is there any scripture which mention Kartikeya as the elder brother of ...
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Subrahmanya Shodasa Nama Stotram from Skanda Purana

Kindly let us know if anyone has the knowledge of the chapter number and verse numbers where the Subrahmanya Shodasa Nama Stotram occurs in Skanda Purana. Thanks in advance.
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When there is an avatar of Goddess Parvati holding Lord Kartikeya called Skandmata, why is there no avatar of Goddess Parvati holding Lord Ganesh?

Goddess Durga's fifth form is called Skandmata, and she holds Lord Kartikeya. However, despite the many stories of Goddess and her love for Lord Ganesh, there is no avatar of her holding Lord Ganesh. ...
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Is there any link between Indra and Subrahmanya (Skanda)?

The following is from Rig Veda (VII.20.5) वर्षा जजान वर्षणं रणाय तमु चिन नारी नर्यं ससूव | पर यः सेनानीरध नर्भ्यो अस्तीनः सत्वा गवेषणः स धर्ष्णुः || A Bull begat the Bull for joy of ...
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Why is Muruga also known as Thanikachalan?

What is the meaning of Thanikachalan which the name of Lord Muruga?
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Were Lakshmi and Saraswati sisters of Ganesha and Kartikeya?

Some people say that both Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati are sisters of Lord Shiva's sons Ganesha and Kartikeya. Is this true or false?
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Is Guru tatva and Shiva tatva the same?

From the lecture of HG Amogh Lila Prabhu 3:08-3:13 HG says that : Guru tatva and Shiva tatva are the same.Like how the guru aids the student to reach Sri Krishna,so also Lord Shiva aids a devotee to ...
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Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikeya age difference

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganesha https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kartikeya How many years age difference was between Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikeya? Thanks & Regards, Prashant S Akerkar
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Did Kartikeya have any children? [duplicate]

I know that Kartikeya (Murugan) was married to Devasena and Valli. Did he have any children with them or otherwise?
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How Kartikeya was Born?

I have read some stories and often they contradict themselves regarding birth of Kartikeya. In some stories, it has been said that he was born with carnal desires of Shiva and Parvati. How kartikeya ...