Performers in Thrissur, Kerala, India 26 Sep 2017
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A folk artist dresses as Kartikeya, the Hindu God of War, during a festival in Kerala. Kartikeya was the son of Parvati and Shiva. Kartikeya soon became a warrior, who destroyed evil. Images of Kartikeya can be found in medieval temple caves all over India. His often depicted as an ever-youthful man riding a peacock and carrying lots of weapons. Explore Kerala on Insight Guides' Magical Kerala trip.
This article was originally published on 30th January, 2016