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Angkor Wat: Kartikeya (Skanda) Riding a Peacock


Kartikeya (Skanda) riding a peacock in the Battle between Gods and Asuras
The image shows a section of the Gods Vs. Asuras bas-relief depicting a battle scene in which Kartikeya, the god of war, fighting the asuras (demons). This bas-relief is carved on the western section of the north gallery located on the perimeter of the lower level of the Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Check the Angkor Wat Temple Layout for the exact location of the Battle between Gods Vs. Asuras bas-relief. Read the Angkor Wat Bas-Reliefs page for a detailed description of this and other bas-reliefs.

As you can see from the image, Kartikeya is depicted with multiple heads and hands. Standing on a giant peacock named Parvani, he is ready to shoot arrows with the bows in his hands. Meanwhile, Parvani appears to be moving forward by taking giant strides above the warriors. Surrounding Kartikeya and Pavani are the devas and asuras engaged in hand-to-hand combat.

Kartikeya is one of the sons of Shiva and the brother of Ganesha. He is known by many names, including Skanda and Subramanya.

Gods Vs. Asuras Images
Vishnu Riding Garuda
Varuna Riding Makara
Indra riding Airavata
Brahma in a Cocoon
Multi-headed Asura Riding a Chariot

Related Pages
Angkor Wat, Angkor Wat Bas-Reliefs, Angkor Thom, Bayon, Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei
Phnom Kulen, Tonlé Sap, Cambodia
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