is the god of love and a son of Lakshmi
. He is a young, winged man who uses a bow
and arrows. He is called Kama Ananga ("Kama the bodiless") as well. Kama's body was destroyed when he fired his weapon at Shiva
in order to disrupt his meditations. Shiva then opened his third eye, the gaze of which was so powerful that Kama's body was reduced to ashes. For the sake of Kama's wife Rati
(passion), Shiva restored him, but only as a mental image, representing the true emotional and mental state of love rather than physical lust.
Alternative: Chama, Cama
"Kāma" means pleasure.
The Kama River
is a tributary of the Volga
, in Russia
Kama are sickle-like weapons, often wielded in both hands.