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Karttikeya, aka: Kārttikeya; 3 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Śilpaśāstra (iconography)

Kārttikeya (one of the aspects of Subrahmaṇya, according to the Kumāra-tantra). He should have six faces and six arms and be of the colour of the rising sun. Two of his front hands should be kept in the abhaya and the varada poses, while the rest should carry vajra, kheṭaka, śakti and khaḍga.

According to the Śrītatvanidhi, Kārttikēya should have one face with three eyes, ten arms and the complexion of the rising sun. There should be a fruit (or leaf) of the bilvā three on the head and in the right hands the śūla, the chakra, the aṅkuśa, and abhaya; in the left hands the tomara, the pāśa, the śaṅkha, and the vajra and varada. He should have his peacock vehicle by his side. The complexion of this aspect of Subrahmaṇya should also be that of the rising sun.

Source: Wisdom Library: Elements of Hindu Iconograpy

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Śilpaśāstra (शिल्पशास्त्र, shilpa-shastra) represents the ancient Indian science of creative arts such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vāstuśāstra (architecture), they often share the same literature.


1a) Kārttikeya (कार्त्तिकेय).—(Guha)—a god with his vāhana as peacock; conqueror of Krauñca of Asuras; also Kumāra;1 brought up by the Kṛttikas;2 delight to the mind of Umā;3 overheard the report given by his father to Pārvati on the subject of the colour of his throat, the Nīlakaṇṭha legend, when he was lying down on the lap of Umā on the top of the Kailāsa hills.4 Took part in Bāṇa's war with Kṛṣṇa and disabled by Garuḍa and Pradyumna.5

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 25. 16; III. 10. 44; 32. 23; 41. 32; 42. 6; 43. 31.
  • 2) Vāyu-purāṇa 41. 38; 72. 43; Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 15. 116.
  • 3) Vāyu-purāṇa 54. 19.
  • 4) Vāyu-purāṇa 54. 28f.
  • 5) Viṣṇu-purāṇa V. 33. 21 and 26.

1b) Kumāra, being the son of Kṛttikas; narrates the mahātmya of Nandi in nandīpurāṇa,1 born in the full moon day of the citra month and Indra made sin into one on the fifth day and on the sixth anointed devasenāpati. All important gods gave him some present or other and praised him.2 Promised to slay Tāraka and slew him.3 Image of; 12 hands in a city, four in a kharvaṭa and two in a village; one of the hands has a cock; others detailed.4

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 5. 27; 53. 61.
  • 2) Ib. 159. 4. 18.
  • 3) Ib. 160. 10-26.
  • 4) Ib. 260. 19, 45-51.

1c) (Pāvaki) a sage of the Rohita epoch.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 1. 62.

1d) A tīrtha sacred to Yāśaskari.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 13. 45.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

General definition (in Hinduism)

Kārttikeya (कार्त्तिकेय).—The younger son of Lord Śiva and Pārvatī. He is the presiding deity of warfare. Also known as Subrahmanya or Skanda.

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

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