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Hi friends , how are you?
Today I am Posting the Story of Lord Murugan / Kartikey or Skand, whatever u call

Birth of Kartikeya

(According to Skand Puran)

After their marriage, Lord Shiva and Parvati lived happily at Mt. Gandhamadana. Once, while they were enjoying an intimate moment, a small quantity of Shiva's vital fluid fell on the ground. Tremendous amount of heat began emanating from it and it threatened to engulf the entire world in flames. Acting on the advice of Brahma and VishnuAgni went there in the guise of a mendicant and devoured the vital fluid.

Parvati felt insulted. She cursed Agni saying, "From this day thou shall be omnivorous and eat unclean things. The vital fluid that you have devoured shall cause an unbearable inflammation on your body." (Note: See this story for an alternate curse for why Agni became omnivorous.)

Instantly, Agni got unbearable inflammation on his body. He beseeched Lord Shiva for a way to end his agony. Lord Shiva said, "You will be relieved of this affliction when you transfer my vital fluid to the womb of a woman."

Agni retired to a desolate place, waiting for a suitable woman to arrive. He beheld the six Kritikas, all shivering with cold who arrived there. He then transfered Shiva's vital fluid to their wombs. They became pregnant. When their husbands came to know of this, they cursed the six women, to be turned into stars in a constellation in the sky. Before the transformation, the Kritikas aborted their fetuses on the Himalaya mountains. The holy river Ganga carried the fetuses to a secluded place, called the Sara Vana, which was covered with reeds. After some time, Lord Kartikeya (also calledSkanda) manifested from those reeds. Since he was born to six mothers, he had six heads. Since he was born in the Sara Vana, he is also known as Saravana.


[Note: The Six Kritikas are the stars of the constellation pleiades. In other texts, Agni carries the six sparks that fell from the third eye of Shiva, not his vital fluid. The sparks are deposited in a pond in the Sara Vana, where a six babies are born on a lotus each. The Krittikas who came there, nursed the babies. When Parvati and Shiva came there, Parvati took all the babies in her arms and made them into one, albeit with six heads.]

The Devas rejoiced at the birth of this child. Lord Shiva and Parvati went to the place where the child was born. Parvati prayed to Shiva that the child may no her and none other as his mother. Shivagranted her this boon.

As per a prior prophesy, the child Kartikeya was anointed as the command-in-chief of the Devas.

This is one story, there are other myths also.  




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In prehistoric ages in India, Kartikeya was regarded as the patron deity of thieves. In the Puranas it is said that Kartikeya had dug through the Krauncha Mountain to kill the demon Taraka and his brothers. Kartikeya helped Shiva fight the newborn Ganesha, other son of Shiva. In the Brahma Vaivarta Purana, he is represented as the elder son of Shiva and Ganesha as the younger. In South India, it is believed that he is the younger of the two.

Kartikeya is also known as Subramaniam, Skanda, Guha, Shadannana or Shanmukha (because he has six faces). He represents a person of perfection. He is the war God, the Hindu equivalent of Mars and Aries. He was created by all the Gods to lead the heavenly hosts and destroy the demons. He is the most masculine and fierce of all the Gods. While Ganesh removes all obstacles, Skanda bestows all spiritual powers, particularly the power of knowledge.

The Atharva Veda describes Kumaran as 'Agnibhuh' or son of Agni, the fire god. The Satapatha Brahmana refers to him as the son of Rudra and the ninth form of Agni. The Taittiriya Aranyaka contains the Gayatri mantra for Shanmukha. The Chandogya Upanishad refers to Skanda as the "way that leads to wisdom". The Baudhayana Dharmasutra mentions Skanda as 'Mahasena' and 'Subrahmanya.' The Aranya Parva canto of the Mahabharata relates the legend of Kartikeya Skanda in considerable detail. The Skanda Purana is devoted to the narrative of Kartikeya.[8] The Upanisahds also constatntly make a reference to a Supreme Being called Guha, the indweller.




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Vow well portraited ..Shreya ...I always loved the heroic stories of LOrd  Karthikeya 
The later version(that he is born out of Six Sparks form Shiv's third eye) is what widely believed .there are many temples for Karthikeya in south india ...even in Srilanka the temple called Kathirkama is dedicated to him ...Mahaavator  Babaji is said to be  meditated there and gained his (Skandha's)vision ... 

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Story of Kartikeya Birth from Shiv Puran

Lord Shiva and Parvati were blissfully enjoying their martial status, unaware of the eagerness with which the deities were awaiting the arrival of their progeny.
Tarakasur - the demon continued tormenting the deities. When their miseries became unbearable they went to lord Brahma to seek their help. All of them then went to lord Vishnu. They told him that even after passing of such a long duration of time, Parvati and Shiva had not yet become parents. They requested lord Vishnu to remind Shiva about the purpose behind his marriage.
Initially lord Vishnu showed his disinclination to disturb Shiva's martial bliss, but when the deities insisted he went to Shiva accompanied by all of them. All of them eulogised Shiva and Parvati. The deities then requested Shiva to make his contribution in the destruction of Tarakasur.
Shiva understood everything. Some drops of his semen fell down on the ground. One being insisted by the deities. Agni transformed his appeared in the form of a pigeon and pecked up those drops of semen.
Right then Parvati arrived there and became extremely furious on seeing the semen going waste. She cursed the deities that their respective wives would remain issue less as the consequences of their mindless acts.
Agni was having inflammation in his stomach because of the Shiva's semen. Lord Shiva advised him to transfer it into the womb of any noble woman. Agni followed the instruction and injected the semen into the body of six women through the pores of the hair on their body.
Those women could not bear the extreme luster of the Shiva's semen. They went to Himachal and evacuated it. Even Himachal could not bear its extreme effulgence and immersed it into the flowing Ganga. River Ganga carried it with her current and established it amidst bushes of reed (Sarkanda). Instantaneously a beautiful child manifested from it. His birth made all the deities extremely joyous including Shiva and Parvati. It was the sixth day (bright half of the lunar month) of the hindu month of Margashirsha. He was Kartikeya.

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Sage Vishwamitra arrived at the spot where the child had manifested. On the repeated insistence of the child, Vishwamitra performed his purification rites and named him 'Guha'.
The divine child blessed Vishwamitra and bestowed divine knowledge to him. He also blessed him to become famous as 'Brahmarshi'. Agnideva arrived there and gave a divine weapon named 'Shakti' to that child. Guha went to the Kroncha mountain and banged his weapon on it. The mountain could not bear the effect of the blow and started crumbling down. Innumerable demons living on that mountain came to kill him. But the child killed all of them by his weapon.
When Indra heard about his bravery, he came along with other deities to fight him Indra assaulted Guha with his Vajra on the right side of his body, which resulted into the manifestation of a very powerful entity named 'Shakh'. Indra again assaulted him on the left side of his body, from which manifested an extremely powerful entity named 'Vishakh'. Indra assaulted Guha for the third time- this time his chest was the target. From this third blow of Indra manifested 'Naigam'.
Guha accompanied by all the three powerful entities- Shakh, Vishakh and Naigam attacked Indra and his army, but they fled away.
Six goddesses arrived on the scene. All of them tried to feed that small child out of affection. They started quarelling among themselves. Right then they were surprised to see the child appearing with six head. Now their problems were solved. Each of the goddesses fed their breast milk to the child. They took Guha with them and brought him up with great love and care. Guha later on became famous as Kartikeya.

SEARCH OF KARTIKEYA
One day, Parvati curiously asked Shiva about his semen which had fallen on the ground. Lord Shiva summoned the deities and asked them about it. The deities narrated the whole story. Both Shiva and Parvati were very pleased to know about Kartikeya.
Lord Shiva then ordered his Ganas to bring Kartikeya from the possession of Kritika. The Ganas reached Badrikasharam where Kritika lived. When Kritika saw the Ganas she became very frightened but Kartikeya gave him solace. The Ganas requested Kartikeya to come along with him.
Kartikeya happily took permission from his mothers and proceeded to meet Shiva and Parvati.
KARTIKEYA'S CORONATION
At the time or Kartikeya's departure, the mothers had become very emotional. Kartikeya consoled them. He then boarded the beautiful chariot which had been sent by Parvati and proceeded towards Kailash mountain.
All the deities including Shiva were eagerly awaiting his arrival. When Kartikeya reached Kailash mountain, he was given a royal reception. The whole atmosphere was filled up with joy. Everybody was celebrating. Each of the deities presented him their respective weapons to him.


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Originally posted by vanadhi

Vow well portraited ..Shreya ...I always loved the heroic stories of LOrd  Karthikeya 
The later version(that he is born out of Six Sparks form Shiv's third eye) is what widely believed .there are many temples for Karthikeya in south india ...even in Srilanka the temple called Kathirkama is dedicated to him ...Mahaavator  Babaji is said to be  meditated there and gained his (Skandha's)vision ... 

Thanks Vanadhi, but I think this myth is not totally correct as, Since Parvati union with Shiv is necessary for the birth of Kartikeya, to kill the demon Taraka. So If this is possible why would they waited 4 Parvati so long.

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Originally posted by Sweet24

Originally posted by vanadhi

Vow well portraited ..Shreya ...I always loved the heroic stories of LOrd  Karthikeya 
The later version(that he is born out of Six Sparks form Shiv's third eye) is what widely believed .there are many temples for Karthikeya in south india ...even in Srilanka the temple called Kathirkama is dedicated to him ...Mahaavator  Babaji is said to be  meditated there and gained his (Skandha's)vision ... 

Thanks Vanadhi, but I think this myth is not totally correct as, Since Parvati union with Shiv is necessary for the birth of Kartikeya, to kill the demon Taraka. So If this is possible why would they waited 4 Parvati so long.

Ya good question but we can't decide the time line in gods stories ...tarakasur is said to be  allowed free, till parvati's arrival, is because ,every boon has certain period of time to get dissolved .
For Ex Ram waited for apt time to close the chapter of Ravan ,(i.e the aloted time for his death ,before that no one can harm him ).
Like that Tarakasur is to be finished after a certain long period according to his penance and boon value .


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Originally posted by vanadhi

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Originally posted by vanadhi

Vow well portraited ..Shreya ...I always loved the heroic stories of LOrd  Karthikeya 
The later version(that he is born out of Six Sparks form Shiv's third eye) is what widely believed .there are many temples for Karthikeya in south india ...even in Srilanka the temple called Kathirkama is dedicated to him ...Mahaavator  Babaji is said to be  meditated there and gained his (Skandha's)vision ... 

Thanks Vanadhi, but I think this myth is not totally correct as, Since Parvati union with Shiv is necessary for the birth of Kartikeya, to kill the demon Taraka. So If this is possible why would they waited 4 Parvati so long.

Ya good question but we can't decide the time line in gods stories ...tarakasur is said to be  allowed free, till parvati's arrival, is because ,every boon has certain period of time to get dissolved .
For Ex Ram waited for apt time to close the chapter of Ravan ,(i.e the aloted time for his death ,before that no one can harm him ).
Like that Tarakasur is to be finished after a certain long period according to his penance and boon value .

U r absolutely right, but somewhere I also heart that, Tarakasur got the boon that he could be defeated by Shiv's 7 months child.

If this could be possible without the intervention of Parvati, I don't think Taraka would insist this boon, as he could easily be killed. Actual story revels that  time Shiv was doing penance after the separation from Sati, He knows that Shiv will never marry anyone, so he insists that boon.

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