The peacock represents the very essence of Indian philosophy and occupies a respectable position in Indian culture. It is considered a symbol of love, grace and joy, and the richness of colours gives it a heavenly beauty. The peacock, known as MAYURA in Sanskrit, enjoys a fabled place in India, and is frequently depicted in temple art, mythology, poetry and traditions. Several Hindu deities are associated with the bird, for example, Kartikeya the god of war and general of the army of the gods, rides a peacock. Lord Krishna is often depicted with a peacock feather in his headdress. Peacock motifs were widely used in jewellery designs.