news reached Gopanna. Soon he launched out a modest programme of
building a temple for the newly found holy images. It began rising
quicker than expected, rather in tune with his theistic impulses.
What little he earned and saved went into construction along with
public donations. His zeal loomed larger than his means. He
determined to adorn the deities with costly jewels, and the temple
with architectural adornments. When the spring of his finance was
completely dried he turned his eye to State Revenue collections.
Huge funds to a tune of six lacs were soon diverted and consumed to
quench his devotional thirst. People were profited by the big temple
- Swayamvyakta archamurthi was installed, regular prayer services
started; devotional activities multipied; influx of devotees
increased; prosperous business achieved and endless spiritual
programmes were carried on. When Gopanna's theistic fragrance
wafting across the South reached the Northern parts, the saint-poet
and pious minstrel Kabir, a remarkable Prohet came down to
Bhadrachalam and conferred the title 'Ramadasu', on Gopanna, pleased
with his highly advanced stage of Bhakti. That fame spread
everywhere and reached the Muslim nobility first and royalty next.
"What! Muslim funds for Hindu Gods! Gross injustice!! Open
abuse of delegated powers!!! This transgression must be nipped, and
the culprit must be hooked up to the gallows!!!! "These
uproarious outbursts shook the tolerant ruler a bit more. Soon
Gopanna was summoned and asked for explanation by the ruler, Tanisha.
The ministers were mute, throughout the enquiry. Against the obvious
evidence, would commission of abuse of power get any
remission?" Moreover, the Muslim bigotry decided to sack him -
impression him, torture him, and end him. A malicious delight! A
marvelous opportunity for revenge!! So Gopanna was thrown into jail.