to endure, all the devas met Lord Vishnu and narrated their woeful
tale. Listening patiently, he regretted his inability, saying that
his potent boons were invulnerable, and Lord Siva alone could offer
solution and relieve them from misery. So they directed their steps
to Lord Siva and repeated their woes, but Lord Siva frankly admitted
his unwillingness and helplessness; for Taraka was a great Siva
bhakta, and his bhakti acts such a protective armour to him that any
weapon by any, and at any time, proves futile. He would not harm
Siva bhakta, nor was be capable of it. Does this not reveal how
potent the devotion is, and how the greatest potentate too becomes
the worst impotent? And the most highest too submits itself to it?
Inspite of explaining his incompetence, the devas prayed for showing
them the way. Melted at their tearstained faces, he deputed Shanmuga
and assured that he would achieve victory. With redoubled vigour,
they started the battle, soon alas! Shanmuga too was courting
failure now and then.