- Kartikeya also known as Skanda, Kumara, Murugan, Shanmugha and Subrahmanya, is the Hindu god
- Murugan / Kartikeya is a son of Parvati and Shiva, brother of Ganesha, and a god whose life story has many versions in Hinduism.
- Kartikeya is particularly popular and predominantly worshipped in South India, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Malaysia as Murugan.
- Many times Murugan / Kartikeya is regarded as the Tamil God.
- Most icons show Murugan / Kartikeya with only one head but some show him with six heads which reflect the legend surrounding his birth.
- Murugan / Kartikeya a philosopher-warrior, destroyed the demons Tarakasura, Simhamukha and Surapadma and taught the pursuit of an ethical life and the theology of Shaiva Siddhanta.