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But Taraka's wickedness did not subside. He was proud that there was none to restrain him. The gods continued to be troubled by him, and continued to be in fear. Brahma told them, "There is only one way in which you can escape the trouble of Tarakasura. Only the son of Parameshwara (Shiva) can kill him. So Shiva must marry Parvati. You must so manage that Parameshwara sees Parvati and marries her."

Kritikas nourishing kartikeya
Devas worshipping kartikeya
Kartikeya - the commander of army of the gods
The gods succeeded in the difficult task. They so managed that Shiva set his eyes upon Parvati and was pleased with the penance and devotion of Parvati. He married her. In course of time, on the sixth day of first half of the month of Margashira, Parvati gave birth to a son. Even at birth Kartikeya had the divine weapons of Shakti, Shoola and Mahastra in his hands. Hearing of his birth, the Krittika gods came and fondled him. They nourished him with their breast- feeding.

Kartikeya was after all the son of Shiva. So it did not take long for him to become strong and powerful. His body developed rugged strength in a few days. There was a remarkable brightness about him. His intelligence was immense. Valor and virtue were combined in him. All knowledge and the power of expression came to him very soon. Everyone who saw him felt a thrill and a delight. There was festival everyday in Kailasa, the abode of Shiva and Parvati. The Devas came to worship him and offer their prayers to him.

God Brahma himself performed the early rituals like Jatakarma to Kumara. Shiva and Parvati blessed Kumara saying that he should kill the wicked and protect Dharma and righteousness. Shiva made Kumara sit on a throne studded with gems, and, anointing him with the sacred waters of holy rivers declared him the commander of the army of gods.

On that occasion the different deities and gods made gifts of various powerful weapons and mystic powers to Kartikeya. The Sun God presented him with a chariot, which had the speed of thought. Yama, the Lord of the Netherworld, gave him DANDA. Agni the Fire God gave him the MAHASHAKTI and Aruna gave Kartikeya the KUKKUTA bird symbolizing the eternity of time. The Kukkuta or the cock became Kartikeya's pennant also. And he rode on the peacock.

Shiva sent Kartikeya with all other gods to kill Tarakasura. They all started from Kailasa. Meanwhile, the divine architect TVASHTA had built a city near the silver mountain RAJATADRI for Kartikeya. The city had in it a palace, which contained a big assembly hall and a throne in it. Mahavishnu made Kartikeya sit on that throne and in a grand festival declared him the master of the entire universe. Kumara now became the Protector of the Universe.

A huge army of the gods was formed under the command of Kartikeya for the elimination of Tarakasura. The war cries of the soldiers and the thundering sounds of drums and other instruments echoed from all directions. Before declaring war, it is an accepted convention to send messages asking to the enemy to follow moral principles and come to terms for peace. Likewise, Indra sent a messenger to Tarakasura. The messenger told Tarakasura, "You have done great injustice to the world. Indra, the Lord of all three worlds, is coming now to kill you. If you have a love of life, then make your peace with him. Or else, you must get ready to face the war." Taraka's anger knew no bounds. "Fool, get out of my presence," scolded Taraka and made him run away.

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