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Metal Vel with stone decorations. The Vel became the symbol of valour, and of the triumph of good over evil.
According to Kanda Puranam, in the war between Murugan and Soorapadman, Murugan used the Vel to defeat all the evil forces of Soorapadman. When a complete defeat for Soorapadman was imminent, the asura transformed himself into a huge mango tree to evade detection by Murugan. Murugan, too keen for the deception, hurled his Vel and split the mango tree into two halves, one becoming Seval (a rooster) and the other Mayil (a peacock). Murugan, henceforth, had the peacock as his vahanam and the rooster became the emblem on his battle flag.