Who are Shiva’s children?
With Shiva being such a popular God, it is not surprising that there are a lot of searches every day on the internet about his family. There are many popular stories about Shiva, his ideal relationship with his two wives and his famous sons.
Yes, Shiva has two very famous sons from Hindu Mythology. While it is debated about who was the eldest,the great lord Ganesha and the god of war Skanda or Kartikeya are both said to be sons of Shiva and Parvati.
Lord Ganesha is easily one of the most popular gods from the Hindu pantheon. He is very easily identifiable by his elephant head. He is one of the five prime deities of the Hindu pantheon a group that includes Surya, Vishnu, Shiva and Shakti (Durga). Lord Ganesha is worshipped across the world as “Remover of Obstacles”. He is also known as “Lord of Beginnings” and “Lord of Obstacles”. His name is uttered at the beginning of every prayer no matter which god is being worshipped. He is also the god every businessman will pray to at the beginning of undertaking a new enterprise.
Lord Skanda was historically worshipped all over India, both in the North and South. But with the rise in popularity of lord Ganesha, Skanda soon lost prominence in North India. He is now one of the prime deities in South India and is especially worshipped by Tamil Hindus spread through South India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia and Mauritius. Lord Skanda is the god of war and it is written is a great many sacred Hindu texts like the Skanda Purana and the Shiva Purana. The origins of Skanda or Kartikey have many stories. Some texts he is the first son of Shiva and Parvati born to defeat the demon Taraka while others claim that he is the second born son of Shiva and Parvati, born after his brother lord Ganesha.