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Thus began the war between the devas and the asuras. It lasted for many days as the asuras used their black magic and played many tricks.

One son of Surapadman, Banugopan, would stand suspended in the air and fight. His magic weapon sent nine of Murugan's soldiers and five demons into the Nanneer Sea and made them unconscious. But Lord Murugan's Vel destroyed Banugopan's weapon. Veerabahu and others recovered and got up to fight again.

On the fourth day of battle Murugan killed Agnimukhan and on the fifth day he killed Banugopan and Tarumagopan. Surapadman wept in sorrow, seeing his followers being killed.