The captain of the ship approached the
Acharya to express his gratitude for saving the whole crew, merchandise from
total disaster. Thanking him soulfully with prostrations, he requested the
Acharya to accept some gift for averting the catastrophe.
He accepted nothing
except a lump of gopi mud for Puja purposes. The captain gave away that huge
chunk brought from Dwaraka, using as a ballast through out the voyage, and to be
thrown out after reaching the shore. When the lump was broken in the temple for
making gopi chandan, they were surprised to see that bewitching image inside.
Envisioning its past and future in entirety, the Acharya installed it in the
temple with due rituals. Thus the famous temple was blessed with the charming
image of Balakrishna with churning rod in one hand and sportive rope in the
other, adorned with beautiful tufts on the forehead. And he has been worshipped
with unprecedented fervour by Madvacharya first, and a long line of his eight
pontiffs since inception. As this spectacle has a hypnotizing effect, millions
of devotees are feasting their eyes with it, and are lifted with boons; for the
sportive Balakrishna rains anugraha in abundance in a sportive spirit, perhaps
to justify the pose he revels in at revealing it.