In Hindu mythology, the planet Mars is known as Mangala.
The planet of Mars
is identified with the war god
Karttikeya. Karttikeya was born from six sparks that fell
from the eyes of the god Siva into a lake near Madras.
From the sparks, six children were created who were
nursed by the Pleiades
But once, Parvati , who was Siva's wife, embraced them all together with such affection that she squeezed them into one body and six heads. The newborn became the war god Karttikeya who is often depicted as six heads and twelve arms riding a peacock.
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