CHALLENGE PROVED - UNCHALLENGED
As the entire
temple complex studded with main shrine along with main shrines feasted his
eyes, he decided to consecrete it with installation ceremony on a grand scale,
displaying his royalty and piety. Arrangements were made. Just right at the
auspicious moment of installation, when everyone was totally oblivious at the
sight of the splendorous beauty of the icon Vijayanarayana amidst the recitation
of Vedic hymns and instrumental music, there heard a resonant voice declaring
the unworthiness of the statue due to wrong selection of stone. The whole
congregation stageering at it, turned their head to the direction of the voice.
It was a youth who came forward and emphatically repeated the defect in the
icon. When the master sculptor Jankanachari meeting the challenge said that he
would cut off his arm, if proved.