After their reconciliation, Ponnachi presents her plan. She
sets out alone to talk to the boar, while the two heroes wait for
Ponnachi bravely talks to the boar, asking for respect.
Unfortunately, he starts to taunt and bully her, refusing to show
So Ponnachi makes good on her threat. She jumps up onto the
boar’s head and chews off one ear!
Then she flies back down to the rock with the boar’s right
ear held tightly between her teeth!
Ponnachi starts to eat the ear, while Komban looks on in
dismay and disbelief! But he still refuses to show her respect.
So Ponnachi jumps up again and chews off the boar’s left
Then the little dog starts to eat the boar’s second ear!
Komban grows more and more uncomfortable... and angry!
After failing to think of any other plan, Komban starts to
run. But Ponnachi follows him in hot pursuit!
After a time Ponnachi jumps and manages to get her teeth into
Komban’s tail. She hangs on tightly as she bites him as hard as
As the poison from Ponnachi’s teeth begins to spread the
boar gets weaker and weaker. He begins to stumble.
Ponnachi judges the right moment and jumps off Komban’s
tail. She then signals to the two heroes to take the final blow
with their great boar spear!
She calls out to them as loudly as she can, wanting to make
sure they have heard her small voice.
The heavy spear is thrown. It hits its mark and the great
beast King Komban now has no chance of escape. In his last minutes
he calls out to the forest princess: “Oh Viratangal, my mistress.
But Komban is not the only one to die. After his death a
fierce war breaks out between the hunters and the farmers. There is
death on both sides. Eventually the farmers take their own lives.
Tangal is led by Ponnachi to the spot where they have died. In her
tiered pots are gifts she hopes will ease their transition to new
Tangal finds her brothers’ fallen bodies. She then tries
to make the best funeral arrangements she can for them. Loyal
Ponnachi is right there to help her.
The two heroes are carried down out of the mountains at
Tangal’s request. They are taken to a place where Tangal can
build them a shrine. Their loyal First Minister Shambuga is carried
right alongside the two fallen heroes. Ponnachi loyally follows
After building a set of twin shrines, Tangal says blessings
in front of them that honor both her brothers. But look carefully.
Tangal also makes sure that her little Ponnachi is given her own
special place of honour!
There is a very faithful dog that appears at the end of the
great Mahabharata epic as well. His most important virtue is his
loyalty to his special master Yudhisthira.
This story tells us that Ponnachi had an equally special
relationship with the Ponnivala Princess, and a loyalty equal to
that of Yudisthira’s little dog.