From the Kartikeya entry in Wikipedia:

Kartikeya, also known as Kartik in Bangladesh, Murugan, Skanda, Kumara, and Subrahmanya, is the Hindu god of war. He is the son of Durga/Parvati and Shiva, brother of Ganesha, and a god whose life story has many versions in Hinduism. An important deity around South Asia since ancient times, Kartikeya is particularly popular and predominantly worshipped in South India, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Malaysia as Murugan.

Kartikeya is an ancient god, traceable to the Vedic era. Archaeological evidence from 1st-century CE and earlier, where he is found with Hindu god Agni (fire), suggest that he was a significant deity in early Hinduism. He is found in many medieval temples all over India, such as at the Ellora Caves and Elephanta Caves.

His main weapon is called Vel. It is a divine spear. Other weapons are the bow and arrows, a sword, a javelin, a mace, and a discus. His vehicle is the peacock.

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Kartik - God of War and Victory

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Statues in the Dhakeshwari National Temple, Bangladesh, with Kartik on far right. (910k)
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Statue of Kartik with his vehicle, the peacock behind him, holding his weapon, the bow. (926k)
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Relief of Kartik, son of Durga in the Dhakeshwari National Temple, Bangladesh. (730k)

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