Kamadeva is the god of love and passion. Etymologically, Kama means sensual desire and Deva means a divine being. But why Lord Shiva burnt him to ashes?
Lord Shiva’s wife Sati had burnt herself in the pyres of a Yagna after her husband Shiva was being humiliated. After the tragic demise of his wife Sati, Shiva decided to remain an ascetic, swearing off the pleasures and comfort.
When a demon took advantage of Lord Shiva’s vow
Seeing this an Asura/ demon, named Tarakasura performed Tapasya and pleased Lord Brahma.
He got two boons from Lord Brahma. In the first boon Tarakasura asked him to make him the most powerful and in the second boon he asked that his death should only happen in the hands of a son born to Lord Shiva as he thought the Lord Shiva because of his vow will never marry again.
After that he terrorized all of heaven and earth and the Gods were quite weary of his tremendous strength. He attacked the demi gods, saints, humans and took all the control over earth and heaven.
The ultimate solution was to go to Lord Shiva and ask him to give birth to a child.
Lord Indra called upon love-God Kamadeva and asked him to break Shiva’s penance. Kamadeva, along with his wife Rati arrived at the spot where Lord Shiva was meditating.
Using his powers, KamDev brought spring season to Kailash Moountain and transformed the environment into a romantic paradise.
When Parvati was passing by, Kamdev fired an arrow at Lord Shiva’s heart. The arrow hit its target and Shiva’s meditation was broken. He was mesmerized by the beauty of Parvati, but soon he realised that it was not spring and that he was being tricked.
Shiva got enraged and in fury, he opened his third eye. Kam Dev realised he was caught but he was so scared that he could not react or ask for forgiveness. When Shiva’s ‘third eye‘ of destruction opened up. Flames released from this eye which reduced Kam Dev to ashes.
Kamdev’s wife asked for forgiveness
Rati, the wife of Kamdev cried and begged and asked Lord Shiva to bring her husband back to life. The Gods also informed Shiva about Tarakasura and how he would be killed by only Shiva’s son.
Lord Shiva then said that Kamadeva would be born in the Dwapara Yuga as the son of Lord Krishna and Rukmini. The body of KamDev destroyed, so, he is revived in a formless manner and is called as ‘Ananga Dev’ or the one without a body.
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