Kartikeya is the second son of Shiva and Parvati. He is also known as Murugan, Shanmukhan, Skanda, Subramaniyam, Arumukhan, Velan and many more. He is regarded as the God of wars. He is known to have six heads so that he can counter all kinds of blows from all directions during a war. It also represents that he is in control or all five senses and the mind. He is seen carrying a spear in one hand and the other hand is always blessing the devotees. His vehicle is a peacock that is in grip of a serpent.
With reference to dance , Abhinayadarpanam states
vame kare trishulashcya shikharo dakshine kare
urdhvam gate shanmukhasya hastaha syaditi kiritaha