Shadanana Subrahmanya – Muruga with six faces and 12 hands

Shadanana Subrahmanya is the term used to refer to Muruga when he is depicted with six faces and 12 hands. This s a very common form of Subrahmanya and is found in temples in South India, especially in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka.

His twelve hands hold various symbols and weapons.

His five right hands hold sakti, arrow, sword, discus and noose. One hand is in abhaya posture.

His five left hands hold kukktuta (cock), bow, shield, conch and plough. One hand is in varada posture.

He rides on the peacock vehicle and may have on either side of him the attendants Jaya and Vijaya or Goddesses Valli and Devayani.