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KARTIKEYA

Has Shiva's Son Come?

Taraka was surprised that a messenger like that should come and irritate him. So he thought within himself, I have seen this fellow, Indra's strength so many times. He has so often been beaten by me, so often fallen down and eaten the dirt on that ground, fallen so heavily that even grass could not he grow there later. Because of my great-grandfather Brahma's words and out of pity, I had left the Devaloka to him. And now he exhibits such pride! But how could he get this courage? Of late I have also had a series of ill omens. My left eye has been fluttering. And so much of dirt rises up in the sky. And there are the ugly shouts of wild beasts. Blood has rained from the skies. These ill omens must mean something. A son must have been born to Shiva. It must be only because of that, that Indra shows something like courage."

Engrossed in thought, Tarakasura went up the steps and from the high terrace of his
palace, looked around scanning the far-off horizon. Then he heard the war cries of the
army of the angels, like a distant thunder. He saw a huge army marching on him with all its four divisions, namely, the elephant - borne wing, the chariots, the cavalry and the Infantry.The martial music with different types of drums and trumpets could be heard from a distance. Right in the middle of the marching army, the great hero Kartikeya sat in a bright chariot covered in a white canopy and equipped with all weapons. A saffron pennant with the symbol of a cock fluttered atop the advancing chariot.

Taraka now knew that it was the son of Shiva coming to confront him. He remembered the boon he had asked of Brahma and obtained. He was shaken, thinking that his end was near. But he did not want to show any fear before his men and pretended to be unaffected. He sent for the commanders of his army and asked them to make all preparations for the war.

The Rakshasa army marched forward like the surging waves of the ocean.

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kartikeya kills Taraka
About Kartikeya
Introduction
"Brahma, You Don't Know"
What Of Shiva?
Who Is Taraka?
'If I Should Die-?'
Kartikeya Is Born
The Commander
A Warning To Tarakasura
You are Here! Has Shiva's Son Come?
Who Should Stop Taraka?
Taraka Is Killed
Rakshasa Army Is Razed

One More Evil

Assault On Indra's Heaven
Angel's Are Defeated
Assurance To Angels
Ajamukhi's Trick
Shiva's Order
The Fight
Shurapadma's End
"My Goat Is Missing"
Yajna With No Killing
For The Well-Being Of The World
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