was crest fallen; for it was-dishonour to her own town, and her
husband, whose mantrikasati was unparalleled. In the same night the
boy had a dream and he was provided with a small pipe by the Naga
King himself with sufficient guidance to tackle the bogus Tamilian
the next morning the boy went to temple and before a huge number of Bhaktas
assembled for prayer, he loudly proclaimed whether the
Tamilian was really poison-proof and was fearless of snakes as
boasted on the previous day. The falsifier was at his wits end, yet
false prestige goaded him to keep up his statement.
the boy unleashed the serpent from the pipe. And lo! a fierce black
Cobra emerging from the pipe advanced towards the deceiver with
fangs dilating. Shivering all over he begged the boy to save him.
Taking pity on him, the boy bade the snake withdraw into the pie. It
did. The Tamilian mantrika to atone the sins of his overbearing
arrogance deposited all his paraphernalia-medicines in a pit pear
Kuttambalam and covered it with a stone slab before his departure.