to one legend, he was the son of Uma and Maheswar. He was born only to put an
end to the atrocities of Taraka, a cruel demon, who perpetrated countless wicked
acts on devas for years. When the entire amarakula was totally debilitated, they
sought help of Lord Srimannarayanan. who counselled that the son born to Lord
Siva alone would kill that remorseless Danava. But Siva was doing penance after
the self-immolation of Sati, reborn as Parvathi and was in full bloom at this
time. and she was offering worship to Lord Siva at the behest of her father
They utilised the services of Manmatha to awaken his love instincts.
Poor Manmatha was burnt to ashes, when the Lord opened his third eye as
punishment for disturbing his tapas, yet in the end Siva was wedded to Parvathi
and the son begotten to them became the Chief-Marshal of Amarasena, who
vanquished Taraka; and the devas breathed freely. Devendra gave his daughter;
Devasena to the valorous Subrahmanya in wedding then. This legend was
immortalised by Kalidas in his Kumarasambhava.