Maybe he doesn’t have quite the status in Indian Mythology as his Roman counterpart, Cupid, but Kamadeva is the Hindu God of Love. Kamadeva originally had a human form – a youth with a greenish/reddish complexion – and armed with a bow of sugarcane, strung with a line of honeybees and arrows of flowers (how sweet!). His vahana was the parrot and Puranic accounts state he was born out of the heart or mind of Lord Brahma.
But not all was roses for Kamadeva. He was incinerated by Lord Shiva’s third eye, who was angry when Kamadeva disturbed his meditation with a flower arrow (though apparently this is when Shiva falls in love with Parvati – see, everything happens for a reason…). From then on, Kamadeva was thought to be bodiless.
A poetic ending to the story of love…
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