The Sweet-Sour Bond between Lord Ganesh and his Brother Lord Kartikeya

September 23, 2015, In: Festivals

Lord Kartikeya is Lord Ganesha’s brother and son of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. He is an immensely venerated God in Hinduism and is significantly respected in south India. Lord Kartikeya was anointed as the commander of the army of the gods by his father, Lord Shiva. The tales of the origin and the adventures hold great prominence in India.

Lord Kartikeya was born from lord shiva and his second wife Parvati. When his first wife Sati immolated herself, Lord Shiva went into deep meditation. Seeking advantage of the situation, some of the demons pledged the Gods, for the boon to be killed only by Lord Shiva’s son. When the demons started creating havoc on earth, Lord Kama was sent to wake Lord Shiva from his extensive meditation. Lord Kama is said to have enticed Shiva such that he fell in love with Goddess Parvati. It was then that Kartikeya was born and was destined to bring an end to evil.

Lord Kartikeya had a sweet and sour relationship with his brother Ganesha. It is said that when the time came for Shiva to coronate one of his sons, he was in a dilemma. To decide who was worthy of the coronation, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati devised a competition for their sons and invited all the gods to judge the contest. The match required Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikeya to run around the earth three times and whoever came back first would win. Lord Kartikeya is said to have obediently taken his vehicle, the peacock, and dashed to race across the globe. On the other hand, Lord Ganesha instead of running across the world took three revolutions around his parents. When Lady Parvati asked him about what he was doing, Lord Ganesha said that to him, his parents meant the whole world and thus he was revolving around them. The concept is even written in the Vedas. Hence, Lord Ganesha won the race. When Lord Kartikeya returned, he saw his brother already coronated. He blamed his mother Parvati of deceit and was so enraged that he shed his skin implying that his skin was made of his mother’s milk. He then cursed that all women who would ever come before him would remain widow for seven lives. Sensing the devastation that this would cause, the gods pacified Kartikeya and made him the commander of the army of the heavens. Since that day, Lord Kartikeya is said to have left Mount Kailash for mountains of the south. It is said that Lord Shiva is allowed to visit Lord Kartikeya on the night of the no moon and Goddess Parvati on the night of the full moon. No women are allowed in his temples to this day because of the anathema he invoked. It is said that when Lord Ganesha sensed his brother’s sorrow, he asked his father Shiva to name the accession to Kartikeya instead. Since then Lord Ganesha is called the God of wisdom as he easily gave up the power of the whole universe for his brother. He is also considered the elder son of Shiva and Parvati for the same reason.

India is a land of a plethora of tales, each much more interesting than the other. These myths or stories, whatever we may call them, are for one sole reason and that is to teach us the values which people today, are quickly forgetting. Thus, make sure to share these amazing tales with our future generations.

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