Even on the birth of Skanda or Karttikeya there are many legends, this is the most famous.
The gods were concerned, the demon Taraka - formidable asura - warned them and only one child born of Shiva could save them. For this they were able to distract the God from the meditative state where he was submerged after the death of his wife Sati and convince him to join Parvati. But a thousand years had gone by now. Shiva and Parvati were closed in their rooms on MountKailasa employed in their erotic games. Shiva in fact - Mahayogi - had full control of himself and was able to hold the seed for years and transform all of his own energy in erotic love, but unproductive. Time passed, the gods were worried and went to the great God, led by Vishnu. Shiva was obliged to interrupt intercourse with Parvati and the seed of God came out and fell down. Agni, theGod of fire, which was transformed into a dove, swallowed the seed. The fire burns and transforms all of the sacrifice. When Parvati came to know what had happened, she cursed all the Gods "you will be miserable and suffer unspeakable pain," condemned to sterility their wives and cursed Agni for having indecently swallowed the sperm of her husband. The God of fire was sentenced, he destroyer of all things, to be worn by a fever unabated. The Gods ingested the seeds of Shiva, in fact, all sacrifical foods were distributed to the Gods after they were purified by Agni, the fire. Even then they did so, but they feel like dying, they were unable to contain the power of the seed of Mahayogi, it was unbearable for them and they went back to Shiva to seek his help. Shiva, The Auspicious One, helped them and all the Gods were able to eject the seed that fell on the ground and it became a beautiful mountain. Agnialsoaskedto bereleased from the unbearablepainthat hehadcaptured because of thecurseofParvati. Shivaagreed. Sothe seedofShiva, who was stillinAgni, movedinto the wombsof sixof thesevenwivesof the sageswhohadapproached Agni, the fire, to warm up. Theseventh wife, Arundhati, stayedaway. Thesixwise men, whenthey discoveredthattheirwiveswerepregnant, they left their andthose,whowerethesixKrittika(Pleiades), desperateleftthe seed that was in their wombsin the Himalayas. Buteventhe greatgodof the mountainwas not able tobeartheseedof Shiva andmade him fallintothe riverGanges. EventhegoddessGanga, the greatIndian river, was notabletokeepthe productof theGod, and threw it inacane field on bank of river. Arrivedon thebanksof theriver, theseedturnedinto abeautiful andstrongbaby, at that very moment, without knowing why, on thepeaksof the HimalayasShivaandParvatiwere filledwithjoy. Skandawasborn, 'son' -as Ganesh– of ShivaandParvati. He istheGodofwarand he is Mangala,theplanetMars. Skandais just interested infighting, for this her has notmarried, hiswifeisonlyhisarmyand he isalsoknownasSenapati, Commanderof thearmies. Hisspear, ShaktiVel, never missesthe targetandbackin the handof the Godonce it hasreached thetarget, so he isalso calledShaktidhara, Bearerofthe lance. For hisvirginityisalso known asKumara, the young, the adolescent. Inyoga'Skanda' isthepowerofchastity, total controlofhimself, which is reached when,with theasceticismandchastity, theerotic energy is sublimated.
His vehicle, orVahan, isthepeacockParavaniandhe will bethe herowhowill slay thedemonTaraka. Skanda, which means 'effusion' (of the seed) or that which spilled (the seed), is also knownby the name ofKarttikeyabecause he was brought up by sixKrittika. Forthis he isdepictedwithsixfaceswere bornto Godtoenable him todrinkmilkfromthe breastofhissix foster-mathers.
Therefore, he isalsoknownasShanmukha or Shadanan, One with six faces He also hasothernamesincludingSubrahmanyaandGangaji, born of theGanges. TheimportantSkandaPurana is dedicated to him as thefamouspoem of Kalidasa, theKumarasambhava, TheBirth ofKumara. Today,hisworshipispopularinSouth Indiawheresomeoneassimilates him to the ancientDravidian God,Murugan.