Lord Kartikeya is the second son of Lord shiva and Goddess Parvati and is brother of Lord Ganesha. He is one of the most delightful worships of the Hindu god. He is also known as Shadanana, Guha, Murugan, Shantakumar, Subramanya, Skanda, Sanmukha means six faces. He symbolizes a person of perfection. Lord Kartikeya was created by all the gods to lead the wonderful hosts and kill the demons.
Lord Kartikeya is the war god in the Hindu equivalent of Ares of Mars. He is very fierce and masculine of all the gods. The Lord Kartikkey is also called as sakti. Sakti symbolizes the destruction of wickedness in humans and other hand is found devotees and blessing. Kartikeya also regarded as Agni, fire. He is very Pitta in nature. He vahana or vehicle is a peacock. It is the ability of destroying harmful serpents. Thus the peacock symbolizes the killing of harmful and sensual needs of humans. While Ganesh take away all difficulties, Skanda gives all religious powers, mostly the power of knowledge. Lord Kartikeya is considered the good-looking among all the gods, an everlasting bachelor, the killer of all ills and the leader of gods.
Major temples devoted to Lord Kartikeya is known as 'Aaru Padai Veedu' are located at Pazhamudircholai,Swami Mala, Thirucendur, Thiruparankundram, Palani, Pazhamudircholai and Thiruthani. Lord Kartikeya is very popular in South India like Skanda Sashti, Panguni Uthiram, Thaipusam and Vaikasi Visakam. Lord Kartikeya is known as Kartik in the eastern parts of the country especially in Orissa and West Bengal., Lord Kartikeyae is portrayed with 2 consorts in south Indian temples. Devasena the celestial princess and daughter of Lord Indra - and Valli, hunter king Nambirajan's daughter.
Lord Kartik is worshipped individually during Kartik Puja in West Bengal and also along with Goddess Saraswati, Goddess Laksmi, Lord Ganesh and Goddes Durga during Durga Puja in September to October. Kalidasa is the most well-known poet of Sanskrit literature. He was written an epic on the birth of Kartikeya named Kumarasambhavam. The symbolism of Kartikeya points to the conducts and means of attainment perfection in life direction-finding clear of the 6 demonic vices: sex(kaama), anger(krodha), greed(lobha), passion(moha), ego(mada) and jealousy(matsarya)
Lord Kartikeya Mula-Mantra
om saravana bhava
Saravana Bhava means "born of the forest of reeds." Saravana Bhava is made up of six syllables - sa-ra-va-na-bha-va - which subtly contain the essence of the six-faced (Shadanana) Lord Murugan.
Alternative type of the mantra
om Saravana bhavaya namah