Who is Kartik and why is he famous?
The Skanda Purana is the biggest Mahapurana, a sort of eighteen Hindu holy texts, and the text is loyal chiefly to the Lilas of Kartikeya, a son of lord Shiva and Parvati. Historically, God Kartikeya was enormously admired in the Indian subcontinent; the Skanda Purana is devoted to him. As Kartikeya is selected the deity of war, guarding right and destroy evil. Hindu mythology admits that he is fascinated in nothing but battles and warlike adventures.
In the Bhagavad-Gita (Ch.10, Verse 24), lord Krishna, while explaining his occurrence, names the most ideal being, mortal or celestial, in each of numerous category. While doing so, he says: “Among generals, I am Skanda, the lord of war. Kartikeya also called Skanda, Subrahmanya and Murugan in Tamil. He is popular as “Subrahmanya” and is often associated with snakes, famous shrine Kukke Subramanya is well known for Sarpa shanti rites. ). His symbols are based on the weapons – Vel, the Divine Spear or Lance that he carries and he mounts the peacock. His six heads represent the six siddhis yogis over the course of their divine expansion. This corresponds to his role as the bestower of siddhis.
He is occasionally represented with many weapons including: a sword, a javelin, a mace, a discus and a bow however usually he represents wielding a sakti or spear. This symbolizes his sanitization of human tribulations. His spike is used to represent his far accomplishment shield, His discus symbolizes his knowledge of truth, his sword of state represents his power and his bow shows his ability to defeat all ills. His peacock represents his obliteration of the ego.
Kartikeya was the chief battle god of the Hindu pantheon. He was born to fight demon power. In his role as defender of the gods Kartikeya is more single-minded than any of his predecessors. Long ago there exist an asura or demon named Taraka, who hope to become the most influential person in the universe. Taraka prayed long and tough to Brahma, and experienced such harsh austerity, that Brahma was at last forced to appear before him. After granting a wish that he becomes the most powerful person in the Universe, and that no one may be able to kill him, but a son of the god Shiva. Shiva at that time was unmarried, and it seemed to the entire world and never has any family. Taraka experienced that he was secure in making this request of Brahma. The power of Taraka’s prayer and defense was such that Brahma had to respect him what he preferred. Taraka became stronger and more powerful each day. No one could fight with him, and no one could wipe him out.
Soon Taraka scarced the gods themselves. Indra, king of the gods, had to give up to Taraka his amazing white horse, Uchchaisravas; the Rishi had to give him their supernatural cow, Kamadhenu that fulfilled every wish; Kuber, the god of wealth, had to give him his thousand sea horses. Vayu, the wind-god, blew as Taraka utter. Chandrama, the Moon, was so anxious that it filtrate full all the time, while Surya, the Sun, forgot to give any warmth. The world was in disarray, and the gods were frightened. So Indra called committee of gods and decided to convince Shiva to get married and have a son who could then destroy Taraka. However, Shiva was deep in consideration, and completely uninformed of either Parvati or the world around. At the pressure of the other gods, Shiva finally marries Parvati, much to everyone’s relief and joy. But for many years Shiva and Parvati had no children. In despair the gods sent Agni, the god of fire, to persuade Shiva to have a son. Agni hid himself as a dove, and cope to pick up a seed of Shiva which he accepted back with him to Indra. But the seed of Shiva proved too weighty for Agni to carry, and as he flew over the river Ganga, the seed fell into its holy waters. From the river rose a child, strong and radiant, perfect in every way. This was Kartikeya, Shiva’s son, born to kill the asura Taraka. At the very moment that Kartikeya emerged from the waters of the Ganga, the six Krittikas, the Pleiades, daughters of six kings, came down to the river to bathe. Thus Kartikeya is whispered to have six heads, and twelve arms.
Eventually, in a long and fierce battle, Kartikeya slew the demon Taraka, release the world of the demon and satisfying his own fate. Kartikeya is also called Tarakajit – the destroyer of Taraka. We adore him as the supernatural being of war.