Many of you might be aware of Lord Shiva’s two sons- Kartikeya and Ganesha. However, do you know Shiva had 6 sons?

According to several mythological literatures like the Shiva Purana, Mahabharata etc, Shiva was blessed with seven sons. Since not many people know about them, here’s the birth story of each one of them.

Read on.

Note: Ayyappa, also known as Sastav is one of the most powerful Hindu Gods. He is worshipped in Kerela as Lord Ayyappa and as Lord Aiyannar in Tamil Nadu. He was born after Shiva married Mohini, who was the female avatar of Lord Vishnu.
It is believed that Ayyappa learnt martial arts from Parshurama.
Andhaka was raised by a demon called Hiranyaksha; Shiva gave the child to him as a result of his prayers to have a child. He was born blind and that is why he was named Andhaka, which literally means ‘the blind one’.

He was later killed by Shiva as he tried to rape Parvati.
Bhauma was born when the sweat of Lord Shiva fell onto the surface of earth. At that time, Shiva was in deep meditation and therefore, Bhumi Devi raised the kid as her own.

When Shiva realised that Bhumi was raising his son, Shiva was too pleased and named his son in honour of Bhumi herself. Bhauma is depicted as the god with red skin and has four hands.
When these rays struck the earth’s surface, (Bhumi Devi), Khuja was born. He is worshipped as the Lord of Iron on earth.

According to mythological tales, when Khuja grew up, he departed from the earth and went into space. People believe him to be the planet Mars.
Also known as ‘Ganapati’ (Leader of Shiva Ganas), he is broadly worshipped by Indians. Some believe that Ganesha is a Brahmachari (celibate) who refused to marry by postponing his marriage every day.

However, ‘Padmapurana’ states that Ganesha is married to ‘Siddhi’ and ‘Buddhi’. ‘Siddhi’ means skill and ‘Buddhi’ means intelligence.

Ganesha wrote the epic Mahabharata while Veda Vyasa dictated it.
He was born to slay the demon called Tarak and his army. He is a widely popular god worshipped in South India and is known by different names like Murugan, Subramaniam, Senthil, etc.

He is depicted as a teenager with a spear and mounted on a peacock.