Lord Skanda-Murugan

Skanda-Karttikeya in ancient Cambodia

Khmer Skanda, Musée national des Arts asiatiques-Guimet, Paris
Khmer Skanda on his Peacock. 7th century AD. From Kdei Ang Temple, Kompon Trabek District, Prei Veng Province, Kampuchea. Sandstone. Musée national des Arts asiatiques-Guimet, Paris.

from: Studies in Sanskrit Inscriptions of Ancient Cambodia

By Mahesh Kumar Sharan

Chapter 2. Other cults, gods and goddesses

In Cambodia too, besides the important sects and their gods discussed above (Brahmanism, Saivism and Vaisnavism), the people believed in many other smaller cults and sects also. Their statues were usually installed in Saivite and Vaisnavite temples but in many cases they had their individual abodes (temples). In inscriptions there are numerous references to the following gods and goddesses as:

  1. Aditya, Adityasvami
  2. Brahma
  3. Ganesa
  4. Saligramasvami
  5. Yama
  6. The Nine Planets
  7. Svayambhuva
  8. Skanda-Karttikeya *
  9. Indra

* (Skanda-Karttikeya) was known as early as 7th century A.D. in Cambodia. Statues of Skanda-Karttikeya mounted on Peacock were known in Pre-Angkorian period. (p. 250, Ref. 3)

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  • 19th Century Bengali Watercolor of Karttikeya
  • Skanda upon Peacock, 11th-12th Cent Chola Granite
  • Galleries of Kaumara Iconography

  • Gallery One: Tiruvavaduthurai Adheenam
  • Gallery Two: 1920's - 40's collection
  • Gallery Three: early to late 20th century
  • Gallery Four: 1930-50 lithographs
  • Aru Padai Veedu paintings
  • Paintings of famous temple moolavars