To his shock and surprise he found that
grand form incredibly huge - 13 Km long, having his head at
Tiruvallam and feet at Trippapur, the two modern towns lying to the
North and South of the temple with 13 Km distance between them. The
petrified sage prayed to the Lord to reduce himself to a convenient
size for performing pujas. His appeal being reasonable, the Lord at
once shrank to the present size and ordained that for the conduct of
prayer services only Tulu brahmins be employed.
It was indeed an
especial honour to the sage; for, he hailed only from that place.
When the sage announced the sports of the Lord, philanthropists and
asthikas came in large numbers and started building temple with
mini- shrines for Parivaradevathas etc. with such infinite
enthusiasm that in a few years it attracted lakhs of persons. As the
Lord too denied nothing to the genuine devotees, the fame spread far
and wide. And what about the royal patronage? It is equal to none
but to itself. Hence the development of the temple in all directions
in a few decades.