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When Lord Murugan was with Lord Siva upon Mount Kailasa, Lord Indra together with Lord Visnu and Lord Brahma approached Lord Siva and reported the cruel deeds of the asuras and asked Him to put a stop to it.

Siva asked Murugan to go with an army and destroy the asura monsters and thereby put an end to the suffering of the devas. He gave Lord Murugan the power to destroy Surapadma and his brothers and any army of asuras. For this he presented Murugan with a marvelous spear, the Vel.