- Kunnutaiya and his wife now turn to performing good deeds.
They sponsor many building projects and ceremonies.
- The biggest of their joint investments is the building of a
huge festival chariot for the Ponnivala goddess Celatta.
- Inside the cart is a lovely golden statue.
- There are costumes, drama and many performances.
- There is also plenty of music, helping to provide a happy
- But now some disgruntled artisans try to trick the couple,
telling them that the goddess herself is asking for a demonstration
of their devotion.
- These men say announce that the goddess wants the king and
queen of Ponnivala to lay their own heads under the cart’s huge
- But the two are saved! The cart briefly flies and the brave
couple are saved. Many artisans are killed instead.
- Next Kunnutaiya and his wife are asked to lay out a banquet
- Kunnutaiya and Tamarai invite a large number of hungry people
to their palace.
- The beggars sit in long rows and are fed very well.
- The couple’s last task is to light a lamp of hope on a very
high pillar and ensure that it burns for many days.
- Next Tamarai and Kunnutaiya pack some food and say goodbye to
the residents of Ponnivala.
- Lord Vishnu sends an army of wasps to watch over the now
- Kunnutaiya and Tamarai now set off on a twenty one year long
pilgrimage to heaven. After all their good works, Tamarai is hoping
to speak to Lord Shiva directly and ask that he gift them children.
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