- Kunnutaiya and Tamarai start their pilgrimage. Soon they find a she-boar sleeping on their path. Tamarai kicks it. In response, it vows to bear a son whose future destiny will be to kill the couple’s own twin boys-to-be!
- After a time Kunnutaiya tires due to this very long journey.
He feels he cannot go on.
- So Lord Vishnu, who has been watching their progress, appears
and offers to help the struggling couple.
- Despite Vishnu’s help Kunnutaiya soon tires again. Tamarai
ends up having to carry him on her back.
- Finally Vishnu realizes Kunnutaiya cannot go on. So he
gently takes the life-spirit from him.
- Vishnu turns Kunnutaiya’s body to stone, as a way of
preserving and protecting it.
- But Vishnu also separates out Kunnutaiya’s life-spirit. He
stores that in a special golden box for safe-keeping.
- Now Kunnutaiya’s body has become a stone. He will safely
wait here, at the base of the staircase to Kailasa, for Tamarai’s
- Alone, Tamarai finally reaches Kailasa and enters Lord
Shiva’s Council Chambers where she begs the Lord for the gift of
- Having been promised her wish, Tamarai returns to where she
left her husband. Now Vishnu gives Kunnutaiya back his life.
- The couple make their way back to the land of Ponnivala as
fast as their feet will carry them.
- Now the couple thank the magical wasps that have protected
their palace and ask them to fly back home.
- Once home, Tamarai gives out the magical water that Lord
Shiva gave her in a golden pot, drop by drop. This water causes all
the living creatures of Ponnivala to become fertile once more.
- Kunnutaiya and Tamarai then supervise the repair and cleaning their old palace. Now they begin to enjoy their new life there.