Bālasubrahmaṇya

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Balasubrahmanya, BAlasubrahmaNya, Baalasubrahmanya


Bālasubrahmaṇya literally means ‘the boy Subrahmaṇya’ and refers to a popular South Indian deity.

Subrahmaṇya is also known by several other names such as

  1. Kumāra
  2. Skanda
  3. Kārttikeya
  4. Saṇmukha
  5. Guha

Subrahmaṇya is a very popular deity in South India, especially in Tamil Nadu. He is the son of Śiva and Pārvatī. He is the elder brother of Gaṇeśa. Many heroic exploits are attributed to him including the leading of the armies of the gods and killing the formidable demon Tārakāsura.

Most of these were accomplished when he was still abāla’ or boy. Hence he is more often represented as ‘Bāla-Subrahmaṇya’. Iconographical works describes him as red in color, with only two hands, holding a lotus in the right and keeping the left on the waist.


References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore