- Kunnutaiya’s wife Tamarai is now nine months pregnant. The
day of her delivery is fast approaching.
- When Tamarai’s labour pains begin, Kunnutaiya rushes to
call Kuppi the midwife.
- After some time Kunnutaiya hears the cry of a baby. The
midwife Kuppi confirms that a child has been born.
- But when Kunnutaiya enters the birthing room he is shocked.
There is only a baby girl. The couple both thought Lord Shiva would
gift them sons.
- Nonetheless, the kind Kunnutaiya is content and shows plenty
of love towards his new daughter.
- But the jealous clansmen soon notice the absence of sons.
They arrive, beat the couple up and send them into exile.
- Tamarai is taunted and insulted. These rude men wish to
- As a result of the clansmen’s aggression the couple are
forced to leave their beloved kingdom.
- Reaching the forest, Kunnutaiya and his wife locate the
palace of the hunter king. He offers them food, but the couple
refuse to eat, angering their would-be host.
- The hunter king sends the couple away, asking them to stay,
instead, in a humble hut near his horse corral.
- There is no money. Kunnutaiya’s wife Tamarai is forced to
work as a day labourer in order to support the family.
- Tamarai’s sore hands are ample evidence of the humiliation
the couple feel.
- Finally the goddess Celatta arrives. She says she has
brought them two sons.
- Celatta and her brother Vishnu bless the Ponnivala family,
which has suddenly been enlarged.
- The couple return to their old palace home but find it is now in terrible disrepair.