- After days of walking, Kunnutaiya finally spots the two
temples he remembers from childhood.
- Kunnutaiya and Tamarai’s first task is to visit the goddess
attached to the family lands. The couple commit to cleaning
Celatta’s temple and worshiping her daily.
- Next Kunnutaiya and Tamarai build a modest home and begin to
settle down on his ancestral lands.
- Kunnutaiya next begins to plow the one field his clansmen are
willing to let him have. They try to keep the rest for themselves.
- But when Kunnutaiya goes to get seeds, his clansmen trick him
by secretly roasting them first. But his wife figures this out.
- Kunnutaiya tries to plant the seeds anyway, in his one rocky,
- Fortunately Lord Vishnu sees the problem and uses his magical
powers to help the seeds sprout.
- Later, after still more tricks played by the clansmen, the
couple finally discover that their crop has ripened.
- But Kunnutaiya thinks there is something wrong. He can not
find any harvest-ready grain.
- It is only when Tamarai investigates that she finds not maize
but jewels in each plump corn cob.
- The couple harvest their jewels in private, fearing their
jealous clansmen might intervene.
- But then Lord Vishnu tests the couple’s generosity, sending
a thousand beggars to their doorstep. Only Tamarai is willing to
give away all their new wealth as alms.
- Fortunately, Vishnu is pleased with Tamarai’s compassion
and refills the harvest baskets in secret.
- Kunnutaiya then takes a small gift to the Chola king. He
politely informs him of the bountiful harvest just reaped on his
lands in Ponnivala.
- The couple build a palace with their new wealth. Soon the Chola king pays a visit and rewards Kunnutaiya with gifts and a small crown.