Sanskrit. Name of the
god of war, leader of
Shiva's troops and usually considered to be the
son of Shiva and
Parvati, and hence the brother of
He is often represented riding or with his
include a double
thunderbolt, a sword, and a trident, and he is sometimes depicted with four arms
or with six heads and six arms.
In art from
his mount may also be a rhinoceros.
Located at the base of
staircase leading to the Batu Caves, near Kuala Lumpur in
Malaysia, stands the world's
tallest statue of Karttikeya, measuring 42.7 meters.
In South India, he is known as
(fig.). As the son of Shiva he is
meaning ‘Prince’. Besides this, he is also known
by a variety of other names, including
among others. Also
transcribed Kartikeya and Karthikeya.