Depicted as the most handsome and desirable man among the deities, Kaamdev is often considered the Indian Cupid. He rides a parrot and carries a bow of sugarcane that is strung with a line of honeybees along with floral arrowheads. As he strikes with his arrows, no man, or even God at times, can escape the arousal of passionate desire. This season of love, we bring a few things that you probably didnâ€™t know about the God of love and desire.
After the demise of his wife, Sati, Shiva renounced the world and went to live on his own in the Himalayas. However, the world needed him. Therefore, as instructed by Brahmas, all the Gods worshiped Mahadevi, the supreme deity, who promised to reincarnate as Parvati and marry Shiva so that he can come back from his seclusion.
However, the charm and beauty of Parvati failed to entice Shiva and bring him out of his deep meditation. Now, there was only one man who could ignite the fire of passion in Shiva and that man was Kaamdev. Obliging to the request of the Gods, Kaamdev struck Lord Shiva with his floral arrows which finally aroused feelings of desire in the Lordâ€™s heart for Parvati.
Although, Kaamdev managed to ignite passion in Shivaâ€™s heart for Parvati, it did not take long for the God of Destruction to get back to his senses. Once Shiva recovered from the effects of Kaamdevâ€™s spell, he was fiercely infuriated at Kaamdev for disrupting his meditation.
When Shiva found Kaamdev with his bow, he realized who was responsible for the deed and he opened his third eye which immediately burnt Kaamdev to ashes. It was too late for the rest of the Gods who came to Kaamdevâ€™s rescue. His wife, Rati who was also present at the spot was inconsolable.