Lord Kartikya, the 2nd son of Shiva and Goddess Shakti or Parvati, is known by many names Kumara Swami (child or son), Subramaniyan, Sanmukha (one with six faces), Shadanana, Skanda (attacker) and Guha.
He is the Hindu god of war, the Hindu equivalent of Ares and Mars. In the southern states of India, He is a popular deity and is better known as Lord Murugan.
Historically, He enjoyed immense popularity in the Indian subcontinent. One of the major Puranas (ancient literature of Hinduism), the Skanda Purana is dedicated to him.
In the Bhagavad-Gita (Ch.10, Verse 24), Lord Krishna, while explaining his ubiquity, names the perfect being, mortal or divine, in each of several categories. During the time doing so, Lord Krishna says: “Among generals, I am Skanda, the lord of war.” Lord Sanmukha carries, on one hand, a spear and his other hand is always blessing followers. His vehicle is a peacock, a pious bird that grips with its feet a serpent, which signifies desires and the ego of people.
The peacock signifies the conqueror of sensual desires and the destroyer of harmful habits. In many idols found in the Southern part of India, Lord Sanmukha is shown as having 12 arms. His 6 heads signify the 6 siddhis (spiritual or magical powers) granted upon yogis over the course of their spiritual development, which correlates to his role as the granter of siddhis.
The symbolism of Lord Murugan thus points to the spiritual paths and means of reaching perfection in life.
Chanting Kartikeya Mantra (Skanda Mantra) – Om Sharavana Bhava benefits:
This potent mantra of 6 magical syllables (sa-ra-va-na-bha-va) should be chanted gently to kindle the inner flame of adoration and devotion and to be transmitted by a spiritual teacher to the disciple. When we recite the letters with „Om” it will transform into a mantra which generates a powerful healing energy and good vibration too.