The couple were bewildered when they went to Gali Gopuram which is also called as Muzhangal Mudichu Gopuram (the name derived probably because of its steep structure), only to find their child missing. As per Agasthiyar Naadi, they should have reached Gali Gopuram within eight hours. But since they went a little late, they could not find their child. Still, they enquired the passerby by mentioning the child’s appearance etc. No one could be of any help. So they climbed up the Hill, burst out crying.
Before reaching Tirumala, they stepped on a child’s garment. When they checked it, it appeared as that of their kid’s. Thinking, they realized that it was indeed this garment that the kid wore, on the day it went missing. This shot up their panic. As soon as they got the garment, they called me from the hill over the phone. “Will I get my daughter? I am so scared if that sinner maniac has killed and thrown her away somewhere?”
“When Agasthiyar says, it happens just exactly in most cases. For the rest, there may be additional tests, resulting in even far better results. So do not worry. Did you report to the Police?” I asked.
“No we haven’t. We don’t know Telugu or English but only Tamil. We don’t know if the police will understand what we are trying to say. What do we do?” – the couple worried.
“Better give a complaint to the police. Someone will help you!” – I said.
They could not trust my word as they lost all the hope when they couldn’t find their child in Muzhangal Mudichu Gopuram. More so, they almost came to a conclusion that their daughter is no more when they saw just the garment. I gave them some hope and thought let me ask this to Agasthiyar and began to read the Naadi on their behalf.
“The couple will get back their kid in Tirumala itself“ – Agasthiyar concluded it in this single sentence.
In the meanwhile, many inquired the parents with sympathy on seeing them lamenting. This got spread and reached up to the person who kidnapped the kid. From the fear of getting caught, he had taken off the child’s garment, threw it somewhere and climbed up the Hill with the child on his shoulders. Due to inadequate food, separation from parents and travel, the kid had high fever and started babbling. He got scared, thinking that if something happens to this kid, he can’t sacrifice it to Kali, neither can he get in to any trouble because of it.
So he handed over the kid to a house-keeping lady who works in Tirumala and arranged for its first-aid and treatment.
The information reached the police since no one came to claim the kid. Through the grace of Venkatachala, the kid became alright.
The police of Tirumala started announcing about the missing kid, asking the parents to come to the police station. But all these announcements did not reach the parents who searched everywhere and were very upset. Then suddenly they remembered what Sage Agasthiyar mentioned “the person who kidnapped the kid will stay in Tirumala for two days, and that with the help of the police, the kid can be saved“. They rushed to the police station. Fortunately, there were people who knew Tamil in the Police Station who gathered all information, gave them courage and took them to the nearby hospital.
There they found their child and their joy knew no bounds.
When they spoke to me over the phone again, they said they will come and meet me for sure when they return. I was amazed, got a few questions too! The guy who took the kid, why didn’t he take it directly to Kali temple and why did he go to Tirupathi? I was a little interested to know the reason. I thought I shall ask this to Agasthiyar himself and as I opened the Naadi, the information I received shook me. The details about the guy who kidnapped, about the Kali temple, about the person who mentioned the possibility of begetting a treasure upon sacrificing a child – I could not just digest them!
~ to be continued…