Karthikeya also known as Murugan, Skanda and Subramanya are the Hindu god of war. He is the Commander-in-Chief of the army of the devas and the son of Shiva. He is also the primary deity of the Kaumaram sect of Hinduism. Murugan is often referred to as Tamiḻ Kadavu and is worshipped primarily in areas with Tamil influences, especially in Tamilnadu , Kerala, Puducherry, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Reunion. His six most important shrines in India are the Six Abodes of Murugan also known literally meaning six warehouses, temples located in Tamil Nadu. In Bengal, Odisha and Maharashtra, he is popularly known as Kartikeya. He is known as Subrahmanya, Muruga or Palani Andava in Kerala.
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