questioned to show the defect, the Nambudiri tapped at a certain
part with an iron rod. And lo! there emerged a frog, and water
gushed out from a cavity inside. Though he silenced the public, he
did not still the troubled mind of Thampuran. Just then the Swamiyar
advised him to get the Parthasarathi image, he saw once in Kurichi,
a small village, lying in the country of Thekkunkoor Raja, who
unfortunately was his sworn enemy.
was on the horns of dilemma. If it were to be taken by force, sure
it would lead to war, and who knows how it ends. If stolen, it would
be unbecoming on the part of a ruler to resort to such nefarions
act. Consecration would desacrete the whole shrine and bring
indelible shame to the Thampuran. Then they hit upon a plan.
Accrdingly, the minister went to the village and bought the
in the dead of night, with the help of soldiers, it was transferred
to the boat lay in wait. Before setting out they opened fire into
the air and beat drums indicating their taking home of the idol by
force, and opponents if any might come forward to stop. The soldiers
of Thekkumkoor did not expect this strategy; and further they were
unprepared for that eventuality.