luck would have it, he heard an angry mother threatening her darling
son that she would throw him into Anantakadu, if he persisted
naughtiness. Surprised at the mention of Anantakadu, the Swamiji
implored. the mother to direct him to that Anantakadu. When
enlightened, he at once proceeded faster than his mind, as it were.
When he reached this place, where the present temple stands, he
heard the ear - splitting sounds of a crashing tree. On reaching the
spot, to his rapturous Joy, he. found Sri Mahavishnu lying on the
Sahasrasirsha Nagendra. And lo! he was dumb founded at the enormity
of the 13 Km long size of the Lord.
He earnestly requested the Lord
to diminish himself to a convenient size for enabling him to perform
pujas; he obliged. And it is the self same size, the devotees now
see in the temple through three doors. Moreover, the very same wood
of the fallen tree was utilized for making the icon of the Lord, and
it was worshipped for centuries till the Maharaja Marthandavarma's
accession to the throne in 1729 A.D., when there was thorough
renovation of the temple including that of Lord's image.