the disappearance of Lord Siva, the infant was informed of his
mission-annihilation of Mahishi and the type of life he had to live
in the Kingdom of Pandalam for a period of 12 years. A golden bell
was hung round his neck to signify perhaps, his divinity and so he
was called Manikantha or Manikandhara.
his advent fulfilled the promise of Ayyappa to Vijaya, a righteous Brahmin
living in the Pandian country in his past life, who expressed his
wish of fathering Dharma Sastha himself when the latter appeared
before the former for giving boons. So king Rajasekhara's cup of joy
overflowed when he saw Manikanta crying in wilderness. He brought
him home with utmost hubilation, but the scenario of his own palace
reacted into a different way.
queen who was pining for a child, though received him with boundless
affection, she turned a venomous serpent when she gave birth to a
son, whom she wanted to make heir to the throne. Natural!
Rajasekar's infatuation for the queen was so hopeless, that it made
him blind against the ill-treatment meted out to Manikanta. Twelve