Muruga, also known as Subramanya, Karthikeya, Shanmuga or Skanda, is the son of Lord Shiva and his consort, Goddess Parvati. He is a unique Godhead, who is a rare combination of matchless valor and supreme, divine intelligence. He remains as the core of all the divine energies and is believed to lead one towards spiritual evolution. Muruga is regarded as a Tamil God and is widely worshipped all over the state.
Depiction of Lord Muruga
Lord Muruga is usually depicted as a youthful god with a charming personality, dressed as a warrior and holding his weapon Vel (lance) in his hand. Sometimes, he is shown with six faces and 12 hands, carrying different weapons, which include sword, mace, javelin, discus, bow, etc. His mount peacock and a snake always accompany him. At times, he is also depicted along with his two consorts – Deivanai and Valli.
Significance of Lord Muruga
Vedic Astrology regards Mars as a fiery planet, on whom, the Vedic fire God Agni wields a strong influence. Being the ruler of the highly potent Mars, Muruga is held high in Vedic Astrology as well, as the divine personification of supreme power, consciousness, and wisdom, who can free one from karmic bondage.