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Balaskandha, 1920–30. India. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Gift of Mrs. William J. Calhoun, by exchange, 2013 (2013.16) #peacock

Skanda, Subramnya -- the divine leader of God's army

LORD MURUGA -the Hindu god of war and victory, worshiped primarily in areas with Tamil influences, especially South India - In Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, He is known as Subrahmanya (Kannada: ಸುಬ್ರಹ್ಮಣ್ಯ) (Telugu: సుబ్రహ్మణ్య) with a temple at Kukke Subramanya known for Sarpa shanti rites dedicated to Him. In Bengal, he is popular by the name Kartikeya (meaning 'son of Krittika') respectively.