Arrangements were made for the installation of the Moola
Vigrah just right at the auspicious moment, when everyone was totally oblivious
at the sight of the splendrous 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 staggering 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 this challenge said that
he would cut off his arm, if proved. The young Dankanachari thereupon hit with a
hammer on the stomach of that august icon to prove his statement. And lo! a frog
jumped out from the cavity made. The youth ascended and the aged was floored.
Later it was understood that both were father and son, long separated but now strongly united.
When wonder ceased, Vishnu vardhan sought ways to install the befitting
archamurthi in the temple. At the suggestion of the agamic pundits, one well
sculptured idol found in the Bababuden hills was brought and installation
completed The defective one too was installed in another temple equally superb,
and it now goes by the name of Kappe Chennigaraya - Chennakesava with a frog
inside. The priests points out the cavity if requested by the visiting public.