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See also       Balaraam's Teerth Yaatraa - Som Teerth;     Ganesh

Kaarttikeya Stops Animal Sacrifice
Once a person by name Naarad came to Kaarttikeya and said to him - "0 Lord, I was performing the sacred "Ajamedh" sacrifice. But the "Ajar" (the goat) which is to be killed and offered as sacrifice has disappeared. I have searched it everywhere, but in vain. Some angels or Raskshas must have taken it away. The sacrificial rites have come to a halt. You are the protector of all sacrifices and the Lord of the Universe. You are the son of Shiv, the highest Deity in any sacrifice. You protect those who are supplicants and fulfill the desires of all virtuous persons. Please get back for me that goat so that my ritual may be completed."

Kaarttikeya sent Veerbaahu, one of his heroes, to search for Naarad's goat. There was no sign of that goat anywhere in the world. Then Veerabaahu went to Vaikunth, the world of Mahaa Vishnu, and found it there. He learnt that as ordered by Vishnu, his men had taken the goat there to protect its life. Veerabahu brought the goat to Kaarttikeya. But Kaarttikeya did not hand that goat over to Naarad immediately and kept quiet.

Thereupon Naarad requested him again and said, "O Lord, please get me my goat. I will make a sacrificial offering of it and complete my Yagya." Kaarttikeya said to him, "Look, the killing of any animal is not correct, for performing any Yagya (sacrifice). The Ved, which are our ancient religious texts, do not prescribe it. Any Yagya has to be performed in a non-violent manner. The word "Aja", which stands for a goat, also means that which is not born, meaning rice. So "Ajamedh" is the Yagya wherein boiled rice is offered to the fire-god, Agni. So complete your Yagya without any violence. Then you will get the full credit and profit from the sacrifice."

Naarad accepted this learned exposition of the Yagya. He took the goat with Kaarttikeya's permission, but did not kill it, and brought it up. He performed his Yagya in a non-violent manner and set an ideal for the future generations.
[This Naarad is a man not that Devarshi Naarad]

Shankaraachaarya's Subrahmanya Stotra
The great seer Shankaraachaarya has composed a hymn in Sanskrit language in praise of Subrahmanya. It is called the "Subrahmanya Bhujang Stotra".

By killing the wicked Raakshas Taarak  and Shoor-padm, Kaarttikeya has demonstrated that however strong and intelligent the wicked may be, they will finally be punished and vanquished. Taarakaasur was so proud of thinking that he had obtained a boon from Brahmaa Jee with such cleverness and there could be no death for him. Evil can prosper for sometime and seem to win. But its final defeat and destruction are inevitable. This truth has been upheld in our mythology in various ways and in the rise and fall of many personages.



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