and Madanna were pleased when their recommendation met with success,
more was the pleasure to the Gopanna's family sinking in stark
poverty, and most was to the cause of theism. Gopanna ably and
satisfactorily discharged his official duties and became a popular
officer. His devotion too was slowly coming into the flood light of
public gaze. Just at this juncture a miracle happened. Pokala
Dhammakka, a local devotee of considerable fame, found to her
fortune the image of Sri Rama. For installation and regular worship,
funds and patronage were found indispensable.
news reached Gopanna. Soon he launched out a modest programme of
building a temple for the newly found holy images. It began rising
quicker than expected, rather in tune with his theistic impulses.
What little he earned and saved went into construction along with
public donations. His zeal loomed larger than his means. He
determined to adorn the deities with costly jewels, and the temple
with architectural adornments. When the spring of his finance was
completely dried up by then, he turned his eye to state revenue
collections. Huge funds to a tune of six lakhs were soon diverted
and consumed to quench his devotional thirst. People were profited
by a big temple swayamvyakta archamurti was installed, regular
prayer services started; devotional activities multipled; influx of
devotees increased; prosperous business achieved and endless
spiritual programmes were carried on.