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In Hinduism, Kama is the god of love and a son of Lakshmi. He is a young, winged man who uses a bow and arrows made of flowers. 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

Relative: Mara

"Kāma" means pleasure.

See also

The Kama River is a tributary of the Volga, in Russia.
Kama are sickle-like weapons, often wielded in both hands, that evolved from tools used for cutting weeds (Japan).

The term "Kama" also refers to one of the 4 goals of life according to Hindu traditions (Purusharthas) - these include Dharma, artha , kama and moksha