Kartikeya newborn Indus seal
Parents of Kartikeya
Father ; Shiva
Mother; Ma Parvati
Sibling of Kartikeya
Brother of Kartikeya; Ganesha
Sister of Kartikeya;
Ashoka Sundari (married to Nahusha; son= Yayati; Grandsons= Puru, Yadu, Anu, Turvashu, Druhyu)
Nephew of Kartikeya
First Chakarvarti King of Bharat ; Yayati
This Indus seal depicts in detail two important events from ancient Bharat tradition related to persons of Shiva family.
One of the two sons Shiva is named kartikya.
Kartikeya was born out of 6 sparks from THIRD EYE of Shiva, had 6 heads and breast fed by 6. Thereby named KARTIKEYA after KRITIKAS.
When kartikya was about to be born Maa Parvati was warned by a demon called Tarakasur that he shall slain the new born child as and when born because demon was cursed by Brahmaa jee that he shall be killed by one of the son of Shiva at 7 months of age.
The Abduction by Demon & escaping death.
There by when child was found abonded by demon who thought newborn was killed; the VARUN DEV handed over to Mata Ganga. Mata Ganga finally handed over the newborn baby under the care of Devi Jatila (who was ever VIRGIN- even after marriage- as by an earlier blessing) daughter of Rishi Gautam. She is shown under the sacred PEEPAL tree.
Newborn handed over to Mata Jatila by Mata Ganga who finally handed to 6 Krittikas.
6 heads for feeding 6 wet nursing aids called Kritikas.
The six of these ( JATILA excluded) wives of Sapt-rishies made newborn breast feed through six heads of Kartikeya.
Kartikeya is also named as Sakand and thus his mother Parvati also called as “Skand Mata”.
His other names are Murugan, Subramanya as well as Kumar.
Ganesha Brother defeating Kartikeya
After Sakand lost to his brother Ganesha in a race to encircle whole universe seven times,which Ganesha symbolically completed by moving 7times around mother Ma Parvati and Shiva. Sakand got angry and setttled in a place in Tamil Nadu called Palani.
Tamil connect of Kartikeya
Therefore Tamils consider him as “one of their own”. Many people also attribute Tamil culture and language to him. Many temples are raised where ever Tamil people reside in or outside India. However Sakand temples are there throughout India.
Dattatraya as mentor
Kartikya got trained in Yoga by Lord Dattatraya
Killing of Demon TARKA-SUR by Kartikeya
Later Kartikeya grew up and killed TARAKASUR.
Tarakasur brother; SURA-PADMA, was later killed again by the vel of Kartikya that split opened a large mango tree; the SURA-PADMA has transformed.
Kartikeya Kill Brother of Demon
Kartikeya Saves the celestial Goat of Narda
Goat on seal is shown as CELESTIAL goat by face and neck of goat and Body of bull.
Kartikeya is connected with a famous story of a celestial GOAT and sage NARDA.
“One day Narada came to Kartikeya and requested him to find a he-goat which had got lost. The goat was supposed to be offered as the sacrifice.
“If the goat was not found, my vow would remain unfulfilled.” Said Narada.
Kartikeya went in search of that celestial goat. He found it in the Vishnuloka where it was creating nuisance. When the goat saw Kartikeya, goat attacked him with sharp horns. Kartikeya climbed on the back and made goat ran through all the three worlds and finally returned back to original place. Then Kartikeya climbed down from goat’s back.
Narada arrived and demanded his goat. Kartikeya told him that his YAGYA had been accomplished by actual travel of three worlds and there was no need to sacrifice the poor goat to please three worlds. Narada the brahmin went back satisfied.
Andhra connect of Kartikeya;
Kartikeya was popular in major cultural centers of ancient India. For example, he was a major god for; the Ikshvakus an Andhra dynasty
Kartikeya Tradition Continuum in 400 AD.Gupta kingdom.
Sakand was well worshipped by Gupta rulers of India.
Kartikeya as Hero of Kalidas epic poem. 400 AD
Kalidasa’s epic poem Kumar sambhava, features Kartikeya.
Kartikeya Honoured by Pallava rulers;
500 AD India.
In south India, eight of the early Pallava rulers (300-550 CE) were named after Skanda or Kumara, suggesting the significance of Kartikeya.