Karttikeya, a Hindu god mentioned in epic and Puranic texts, is a form of Skanda who was reared by the Pleiades stars and is generally represented with six heads. (In Hindu mythology there are only six Pleiades, not seven as recognized by modern astronomy.) His Shakti is Karttiki and his attendant animal is the peacock. His attributes are the conch, hook, noose, prayer wheel, shield, spear, staff, sword, and wood apple.

Karttikeya is also recognized in Buddhism as being equal to the Hindu god Skanda. His color is red, and he rides upon a peacock. His attributes are the cock, Shakti, and staff. A.G.H.


Jordan, Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods, New York, Facts On File, Inc. 1993, p. 131