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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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Who are Sumukhi and Vidalakshi?

In this chapter of Agni Purana, it is mentiones about Kartikeya's image:- (The image of) Skanda, the lord (of the universe) also known as Śākha and Viśākha, (is represented) as a boy possessing two ...
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Source of Lord Subrahmanya killing demons Surapadma and Simhavaktra

There are stories, particularly in Tamil Nadu (and possibly other places too), involving the battle between Lord Subrahmanya and the Asuras. This incident is described in many Puranas. And all the ...
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Who is the Best archer in Hindu mythology?

Among all the mahamaharathis,atimaharathis and maharathis , who is the best archer in Hinduism in terms of skill and victories? Was it lord Rama ,Arjuna ,Laksmana , lord Kartikeya , lord shiva ? Note- ...
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What happened during Kartikeya's creation period?

Some days ago, learned about Brahma Sastha, a form of Lord Kartikeya. The Upadesha Khanda of Sankara Samhita of Skanda Purana narrates Lord Kartikeya temporary doing creation, which implies this form. ...
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Who is Naigamesha, the goat-headed form of Kartikeya?

In Wikipedia, I learned about a deity named Naigamesha, the goat-headed form of Kartikeya. But, who is he? Is he mentioned in any scriptures?
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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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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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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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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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Were Ganesh and Kartikeya mentioned in Vedas? Is Ganapati Elder to Kartikeya?

Kartikeya was mentioned in the Ramayana, but not Ganapati and his First Adoration in Pujas. Kaartikeya as mentioned in Srimad Ramayana is the same character as mentioned in Srimad Bhagavad Gita. ...
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Symbolism Of Karthik Six Heads Birth Story

Have heard the story of Karthik’s birth many many times with some variations, but the energy ball of Bholenath & Gauri gets split into six pieces each time. I think Agni Dev carries, then Ganga, ...
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From which scripture the following "108 names of Subrahmanya" is taken?

Subrahmanya ashtothara sathanaamavali is popular among the ashtothara namas of several deities. I am asking this question about the 108 names of the Subrahmanya swami that start with Skandaya. You can ...
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Worship of Lord Skanda in Varanasi

So there is a common story, in short, the one about Divodasa, in which the king removes Lord Shiva from his own city. All the devatas come one by one but end up staying in the city themselves. As ...
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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 Guru tattva and Shiva tattva 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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Significance/ Allowability and examples of adding the Pranava against deities’ names

So as per the Skanda Purana, Śaṁkara Saṁhitā, Śivarahasya khaṇḍa, Skanda as a teacher describes the meaning of the Pranava to Lord Shiva, as his student as: सुब्रह्मण्यों स्वरस्यार्थस्त्वं चाहं च सदा...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Kurinji Andavar Temple

I had visited 'Kurinji Andavar' Temple situated at 'Kodaikkanal' earlier & am curious about it. On searching, found that as per the Tamil literature, Kurinji means 'hill region' and Andavar means '...
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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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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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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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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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How to chant Shatru samhara mantra dedicated to God Murugan?

Shatru samhara mantra will help to develop good personality via destroying bad thing on mind ? and How to chant the mantra ?
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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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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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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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Why is skanda worship more in south india rather than north india? [duplicate]

Worship of Skanda seems to be less popular in north of India , while he is revered more in Tamil Nadu , Karnataka and Maharashtra. What could be the reason behind this?
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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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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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Is kartikeya married or unmarried? Why is he not worshipped widely even after he had always protected mankind from evil powers? [duplicate]

Why is he not worshipped widely even after he had always protected mankind from evil powers? Can anyone answer it? I know he is worshipped widely in south India and north Indians think he is ...