1Shawn Bose = ""Filled with joy, the denizens of heaven made that high-souled youth, that terror of the Asuras, the generalissimo of the celestial forces, after pouring upon his head the sacred and excellent water of the Sarasvati from golden jars that contained other sacred articles needed for the purpose. The Grandsire of the worlds, Brahman, and Kasyapa of great energy, and the others (mentioned and) not mentioned, all poured water upon Skanda even as, O monarch, the gods had poured water on the head of Varuna, the lord of waters, for investing him with dominion" The Mahabharata, Book 9: Shalya Parva: Section 45"
2Enakshi Ganguly = "Kartik is also the 7th Bengali month (mid-October). This month is also part of the larger Hindu and Nepalese calendars, although in the Hindu calendar, this is the 8th month (October/November). Source & More Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kartik_(month)"
4Enakshi Ganguly = "In many many cultures and religions, there is an honor bestowed upon nature & its brilliance. When the seasons change, our bodies change along with it. So, there are Hindu customs, Ayurvedic shifts (in eating & sleeping habits) that go along with each new season! We transition into these seasons by celebrating the coming of each one through various festivities. Our gods and goddesses also symbolize the many planets, so there is also astrology & cosmology involved while we pray to one god for one season over another. it's a very complex & interesting science !"
5Justin Halloran = " view full sizeHere Lord Subramanya, also known as Kartikeya, Skanda, Kumaran, and Murugan, the Hindu god of war, is shown with a peacock. The Peacock feather commonly represents beauty and knowledge (because of the eye pattern) in Hindu symbolism. When the peacock is shown as Lord Subramanya's mount, this symbolizes his mastery of the ego. "
6Shawn Bose = "Kartikeya's spear is called the Vel, also as it was blessed by his mother Parvati it is referred to as Shakti."