Skanda – Commander of the Army of Devas – Indian Mythology


Skanda is the son of Shiva and Parvati. He is also considered by some to be the son of Agni and the Krittikas (pleiades), or of Agni and Swaha. An Asura named Taraka had obtained a boon that he could not be slain by anyone except a seven year old child. Armed by this boon, he defeated all the celestials. Only a child born to Shiva could kill him. However, Shiva had become a recluse after the death of his wife Sati. With the help of Kama, the Gods ensured that he married Parvati, a re-incarnation of his wife Sati. Skanda was born of this union. The story of his birth is told here.
Once Skanda reached the age of seven, he led the Deva army against Taraka and Surapadma and slew them both.
His vehicle is a peacock and his weapon is a spear. He has two wives, Valli, and Deivanai, the daughter of Indra. His other names are Kartikeya, Kumara, Subrahmanya, Shanmuka and Guha. He is known as Murugan in Tamil Nadu.

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