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The Balakanda of Ramayana has a different version, though Karthikeya in his role of
Army General killed Taraka. According to it, Gods wanted Siva to preserve his energy for
Though Siva appalauded the request, he admitted that he had already discharged his seed. Gods then
requested the Earth. Agni and Vayu to receive the seed and enter into it.
Agni at once entered the seed
which turned into a white mountain from which Karthikeya was born. He was the aspect of Siva and so
inherited invincibility that destroyed the Asurakula.