God has never failed to respond to the sincere appeal for help and protection made by men with faith and hope. He gets Himself “bound” by their devotion and lavishes His grace on them. In this regard, worship of Subrahmanaya is effective.
Lords Subramanya is one of the most revered Deities. He is the second son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and younger brother of Lord Ganesa. Subrahmanya is also known as Shanmukha-six faced one. His six faces represent wisdom, strength, wealth, fame, dispassion and divine power. His two spouses Valli and Devayani represent will and action respectively. He is also known as Skanda and Kartikeya. He is said to be the
presiding deity of this kali Yuga. His weapon, the javelin, symbolizes victory, and eventual restoration of peace and harmony, destroying arrogance, violence and injustice.
He is depicted riding a peacock. The peacock grips a cobra with its feet. The cobra represents the ego. This symbolizes complete control ver the ego when the ego is held firm and the desires are kept under perfect control, mangains mastery over the mind and reaches perfection. Man must realise that he is God-“Aham Brahma Asmi”: If he practices this, concentrates and meditates upon his real self, he becomes the Atman. He attains the state of Subrahmanya. Lord Subrahmanya has many names. Each one signifies His Power and chanting the thousand names of Subrahmanya, confers His grace on His devotees. They are blessed with numerous powers and the power of poesy as well.