|On the sixth day,
Surapadman alone survived. The Lords last bid to show the asura. his grace was his
Viswarupa. Darsan Demon Surapadman realised then the divinity of his enemy Muruga, but yet
would not accept defeat. He continued his fight from region to region. Karttikeya took
Indra as his vehicle in the form of a peacock and his lance, the Vel, sought the foe out
of his hiding place in the ocean. At last Surapadman came out of his island fortress of
Veera Mahendra, rose in the form of a terrible mango tree and
attacked him. The lance if Karttiheya pierced the tree and broke it into two. The broken
pieces instantly turned into a peafowl and a cock. The former attacked Indra (Lord
Subrahmanyas charger) with no success. The demon would not yet accept defeat. But
Shanmukhas grace was so bountiful that, as an act of forgiveness, he took the
peafowl as his permanent vehicle, relieved Indra
of his duties and put the cock on his banner.
As Surapadman was a Brahman, the sin of Brahma Hatti affected Subrahmanya. He became pitch
black in complexion and his
beautiful shape was changed. As a result of this he prayed at Sikkal, took bath in
the tank made out of the milk of Kamadhenu, the celestial Cow, and got back- his original
beautiful form and complexion. This is why Muruga is worshipped as Singaravelar at Sikkal
in the Tanjore District. Lord Muruga is known to have two consorts, Valli and Deivayanai.
But in Northern India, Karttikeya is called Kumara or Bachelor God. He is fervently
worshipped there as a heavenly boy with powers to confer heavenly gifts to his devotees.
Hence the name of Balasubrahmanya.