Mighty sons of a mighty god. In Indian mythology Shiva is the source of all energy. His three sons are aspects of that energy, each loved and revered for their powers. Ayyappan: Born to destroy the demoness Mahishi, he is a combination of the powers of Vishnu the Protector and Shiva the Deliverer. Ganesha: Benign elephant-headed god who clears life's path of obstacles. Karttikeya: God of War and Commander of the Celestial Army, he defeats all that is evil.