- The two Ponnivala brothers find themselves stranded on the
top of a high cliff. The Chola king, who had invited them to visit
the shrine there, pulled the ladder away after they had climbed up
and then disappeared. This was a very mean trick indeed. What will
these two young rulers do now?
- Just as the twin brothers begin to despair a wandering
ascetic appears. They call out to him and he promises to help. His
first act is to quickly grow his hair very long and then braid it
into two rescue ropes. He throws these up to the heroes who catch
them on the fly. Who is this rescuing saint? The two brothers
don’t realize it, but this wandering beggar is Lord Vishnu
himsef in disguise!
- The two brothers each catch one of the hair ropes thrown up to them. They fasten the ends well. The two now have constructed an old-fashion variant of the modern zip line!
- Shankar slides down his rope first. He is so courageous.
This younger twin is willing to try anything that tastes of
adventure. With a little bit of hesitation, but following his
brother’s example, Ponnar slides down the second rope to safety, as
- The twin brothers thank their benefactor. They angrily
explain what the Chola king did, and the wandering magician then
suggests that they take revenge. The two brothers are eager to
follow this stranger’s advice and they set off at a run to retrace
their earlier journey to the cliff from the Chola palace. Shankar
is in the lead.
- When the two brothers reach the monarch’s fort they find
Shambuga still sitting outside. He has been waiting for them to
reappear all this time! The young men quickly recount their
adventures and ask Shambuga to join them. They are going to attack
that vile king for all the evil tricks he has tried to play on them.
- Shambuga grabs Ponnar's sword. He and Shankar run forward.
Ponnar stays behind and awaits the result. Soon the two fight their
way past the main gate and its guards. Once inside they begin their
destructive venture in full form.
- Pillars are broken into pieces by Shambuga’s great
- Guards and soldiers are cut down by Shankar’s sword.
- A number of clansmen are still in the palace, the same men
that Ponnar and Shankar earlier had made into refugees by throwing
them out of their village.
- Now these men crushed with the Chola’s own palace walls.
That evil monarch no longer has the moral authority to provide
- Then it is the king’s turn to die. Shankar finishes him
off while Ponnar watches in awe. Such a great and powerful man has
fallen under his brother’s own sword!
- The whole kingdom will be in turmoil now. Their great ruler,
the Chola king, is no more!
- And it is not just the king himself that is brought to ruin.
His whole palace is destroyed and torn to pieces. When the job is
finished the two heroes ride off in glory with their assistant, as
ever, running like the wind behind them!
- Soon the two heroes arrive back at the Ponnivala palace.
They are free men now. Never again will they have to pay tribute to
a despot, an immoral super monarch!
- But oddly the two heroes do not say much about their big
adventure to their sister. They simply greet her politely, saying
that their travels have gone well. Perhaps they are afraid of what
she might say? O worse, perhaps they worry about what she might see
lies ahead for them in the future? Perhaps they just don’t want
her to worry about them? We will never know why they kept so much
of their adventurous lives secret from her.
- We do know that the twin brothers retreat quickly to their
gambling room. Are they looking for still more danger, and for
still more adventures?
- The dice games begin again. They will not have to wait long.
Another chapter in their busy lives about to open up before them.