Skanda worship is very important in the Vedas.
While organizing the innumerable Deities mentioned in the Vedas and those followed by misinterpretations of the Vedas, Adi Shankarachatya gave the pride of place in the Shanmathas, the six systems of worship, The Kaumaram.
The Tamils speak of Lord Subrahmanya, best among Brahmins, as Murugan, embodiment of Beauty and the Tamil Language represents Lord Muruga in all his aspects.
Innumerable Hymns abound in Sanskrit,Tamil and other Regional languages of India.
Lord Subrahmanya is called as Karthikeya in India other than Tamil Nadu where he is worshiped as Murugan.
A rare stotra of Lord Kathikeya where Lord Subrahmanya Himself mentions His Twenty Eight Names, where he declares that these names would grant one Intelligence and Wisdom, among other things.
Kartikeya Pragya Vivardhana Stotra.
स्कंदः कुमारः सेनानीः स्वामी शंकरसंभवः ॥१॥
Yogiishvaro Mahaa-Senah Kaartikeyo[a-Aa]gni-Nandanah |
Skandah Kumaarah Senaaniih Svaamii Shankara-Sambhavah ||1||
1.1: (Salutations to Sri Kartikeya) Who is a Master Yogi, Who is known as Mahasena when referred to as the Son of Agni Deva and Who is known as Kartikeya when referred to as the son of the six Kritikas,
1.2: Who is known as Skanda when referred to as son of Devi Parvati, Who is known as Kumara when referred to as son of Devi Ganga, Who is the Leader of the Army of Devas, Who is our Master and Who is Born of Lord Shankara.
तारकारिरुमापुत्रः क्रौंचारिश्च षडाननः ॥२॥
Gaangeyas-Taamra-Cuuddashca Brahmacaarii Shikhi-Dhvajah |
Taaraka-Arir-Umaa-Putrah Krauncaa-Rishca Ssaddaananah ||2||
2.1: (Salutations to Sri Kartikeya) Who is Loved by Mother Ganga and His Follower Tamrachuda, Who is Celebate and hasPeacock as His Emblem,
2.2: Who is the Enemy of Tarakasura and Krauncasura, Who is the Son of Devi Uma and has Six Faces.
सनत्कुमारो भगवान् भोगमोक्षफलप्रदः ॥३॥
Shabdabrahmasamudrashca Siddhah Saarasvato Guhah |
Sanatkumaaro Bhagavaan Bhogamokssaphalapradah ||3||
3.1: (Salutations to Sri Kartikeya) Who is Accomplished in the Knowlege of the Ocean of Sabda-Brahman, Who is Eloquent in describing the Great Spiritual Secrets of the Sabda-Brahman and hence aptly known as Guha when referred to as the Son of Lord Shiva (who is the embodiment of Sabda-Brahman),
3.2: Who is Always Youthful and Pure like Sanatkumara, Who is Divine and Who Grants both the Fruits for Worldly Enjoyment(due to meritorious deeds) and final Liberation.
सर्वागमप्रणेता च वांच्छितार्थप्रदर्शनः ॥४॥
Sharajanmaa Gannaadhiisha Puurvajo Muktimaargakrt |
Sarvaagamaprannetaa Ca Vaancchitaarthapradarshanah ||4||
4.1: (Salutations to Sri Kartikeya) Who was Born on Shara, a particular variety of grass and hence known as Saravana, Whose Elder is Sri Ganesha and Who has Created (i.e. Shown) the Path of Liberation,
4.2: Who is Reverentially Saluted by All the Agamas (Scriptures) And Who Shows the Way towards the Desired Object of Spiritual Life (as mentioned in the Scriptures).
अष्टाविंशतिनामानि मदीयानीति यः पठेत् ।
प्रत्यूषं श्रद्धया युक्तो मूको वाचस्पतिर्भवेत् ॥५॥
Assttaavimshatinaamaani Madiiyaaniiti Yah Patthet |
Pratyuussam Shraddhayaa Yukto Muuko Vaacaspatirbhavet ||5||
5.1: My Devotees who Repeat My Twenty Eight Names and Contemplate on My Spiritual Precepts …
5.2: Everyday in the Early Morning with Faith and Devotion, will Become a Master of Speech even if he is Dumb (due to lack of wisdom).
महामंत्रमयानीति मम नामानुकीर्तनम् ।
महाप्रज्ञामवाप्नोति नात्र कार्या विचारणा ॥६॥
Mahaamantramayaaniiti Mama Naamaanukiirtanam |
Mahaaprajnyaamavaapnoti Naatra Kaaryaa Vicaarannaa ||6||
6.1: My Spiritual Precepts and Devotional Repetition of My Names will act like Maha Mantra,
6.2: Also Devotee will Obtain Great Wisdom and Intelligence by Contemplating on My Divine Leela (Play).
इति श्रीरुद्रयामले प्रज्ञाविवर्धनाख्यं
श्रीमत्कार्तिकेयस्तोत्रं सम्पूर्णम् ॥७॥
Iti Shrii-Rudrayaamale Prajnyaa-Vivardhan-Aakhyam
Shriimat-Kaartikeya-Stotram Sampuurnnam ||7||
7.1: Thus Ends the Description which Augments the Intelligence and Wisdom from the Rudra Yamala text,
7.2: Thus Ends the Eulogy of the Illustrious Sri Kartikeya.
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