When earth, water, air, fire and ether (elements governed by Lord Shiva) united with pure consciousness (Shakti), Lord Kartikeya was born. He is represented as an ever youthful man who rides a peacock and is dressed with iconic weapons in his hands. This superfine sculpture of Murugan is carved in an alluring manner with the lord standing erect on a three layered pedestal carved in a pattern of flower petals and a circular floral design in the centre. The large distinctive prabha mandala is molded beautifully in an outer layer of lotus petals along with sober designs in the inner layers, topped with a Kirtimukha face with fangs protruding out in style.
Garbed in an ankle length yellow-orange dhoti designed in curved horizontal creases with a long kamarband that hangs in beauty. Kartikeya was a handsome warrior and a celibate yogi who defeated the demon Tarakasura by his combatant weapon, spear. He is embellished gracefully in multiple necklaces, spiral earrings, beaded bracelets and armlets and a South Indian styled multiple layered long crown attached with a striated large cosmic aureole at the back.
The charming peacock that perches behind Kartikeya’s legs on the pedestal is his sacred vahana designed in beautiful patterns. The sculptor has chosen for a glowy mustard hued body and contrasted with other bright colors of the palette highlighting his flamboyance.
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