He is also called Subrahmanya, meaning Brahman himself. He is depicted carrying a vel or spear which destroys ignorance pervading the human psyche. It symbolizes consciousness, which gives one the depth of thought, heights of intuitive perception, breadth of vision and sharpness of intellect. The emblems of peacock and rooster assist the lord in his function of leading the individual soul from bondage to liberation. Worshipping him helps to remove ignorance, bestow knowledge, fulfill desires, grant strength and inspiration for the performance of rituals and sacrifices, inspires one seek higher truths, guards righteousness ,and ignites love and happiness in the hearts of the devout.