Svaha was a minor goddess who was called on when offerings were made. She is best known as the consort of Agni. The character began as a nymph, and she gained divine status as a result of her connection to Agni. In one story, she disguised herself and came to Agni for six nights. As a result of this union, the god Karttikeya was born (however, although according to another story, Karttikeya was the son of Parvati and Shiva).