Tangal, princess of Ponnivala, has just heard that one of her
maids has been kidnapped by a hunter while fetching water outside
the palace. She calls a second maid and asks her to go get the
Shambuga arrives and takes Tangal’s order. She asks him to
enter the forest and try to find the captured maid. He has brought
his magic horn, but won’t need it on this assignment.
Shambuga is very clever and he does manage to find the maid.
She has been tied to a tree. He knocks a couple of hunter-guards
unconscious and then unties the poor woman.
Then Shambuga carries the maid back to the palace at a run.
Miraculously, she is unharmed.
The two arrive back at the palace safely. But of course the
maid is still scared and shaken.
Soon after this there is another grave crisis. The huge boar
Komban has just destroyed the farmers’ crops and challenged
them to war!
Tangal’s brothers are very upset about what Komban has just
done. They announce to Tangal that they will take up his challenge
and organize a hunt. Of course Tangal is worried.
The brothers dress in their fighting silks. They mount
their magical blue horses and take off, despite their sister’s
The First Minister follows on foot, carrying the heroes’
hunting tent. He takes a number of local village fighters with him,
and has asked that they bring along their large hunting dogs.
Ponnachi feels snubbed. “Why are all those hunting dogs
going to the big fight while they are not taking me?” she thinks
Ponnachi quickly runs to the local goddess temple and
addresses the divine lady inside. “Please help me,” she cries
Ponnachi stands on her hind legs and asks the goddess for a
curse. She asks that the brothers fall sick in their hunting
tent as a punishment for not having invited her to go along.
The goddess grants the request and Ponnachi is satisfied.
She goes to hide in a small cave to wait.
Soon a curse leaves the cave as Ponnachi dreams. This curse
flies towards the brothers’ war tent and finds them there.
At the war tent both brothers start to feel unwell. But
their fighters are ready to go. So they ask their First Minister to
lead an initial expedition and locate the boar’s cave without
Meanwhile the brothers lie down in their hunting tent.
They are suffering from the curse of the little dog. Neither has
the energy to lead this boar hunt.