Skanda the commander

purodhasāḿ ca mukhyaḿ māḿ
viddhi pārtha bṛhaspatim
senānīnām ahaḿ skandaḥ
sarasām asmi sāgaraḥ

Translation of Bhagavad Gita 10.24

Of priests, O Arjuna, know Me to be the chief, Brihaspati. Of generals I am Kartikeya, and of bodies of water I am the ocean.

Commentary by Sri A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Indra is the chief demigod of the heavenly planets and is known as the king of the heavens. The planet on which he reigns is called Indraloka. Brihaspati is Indra’s priest, and since Indra is the chief of all kings, Brihaspati is the chief of all priests. And as Indra is the chief of all kings, similarly Skanda, or Kartikeya, the son of Parvati and Lord Shiva, is the chief of all military commanders. And of all bodies of water, the ocean is the greatest. These representations of Krishna only give hints of His greatness.

In Berlin there is a Hindu-Temple with the main Deity of Skanda or Kartikeya. Because the Temple is maintained by the Tamil congregation Kartikeya is called Murugan, Sri Mayurapathy Murugan Temple Berlin – Link.

Some pictures of a festival whereby Sri Murugan is carried around the temple in the streets of Berlin in the summertime.

The is also the Skanda Purana( Skanda Purāṇa). It is the largest Mahāpurāṇa, a genre of eighteen Hindu religious texts. The text contains over 81,000 verses, and is titled after Skanda, a son of Shiva and Parvati, who is also known as Kartikeya and Murugan. Skanda Purana @ Wikipedia -Link

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