other major vicissitude in the history of the topple occurred during the reign of Raja
Mahendra Chola, when a sudden
spring sprouted up emitting a hugequantity of water during the flood in the which
blocked the passage of the entrance to the temple and threatened to engulf the temple
base. The King had the passage blocked and gopuram constructed over it,
making a second prakaram like the wall of defence.
For this beneficial work done by him he
too attained liberation. Another interesting incident happened during the period of
Nanda Chola. Nanda Chola was childless. He started penance for getting it so happened that
he once found in his lily pond a heavenly child floating on a lotus.
The indication was quite enough for Nanda Chola for rearing the child as his own and a
gift from God Almighty. Because he found the child lying on the petals of a
lotus flower, she named Kamalavalli.
The Chola stopped all penance and engaged h self
in fondling the child, which grew of age and had to be given marriage. It caused great
worry in the mind of Nanda Chola. On other side, the Lord was playing a mystery.