A Wrestler Deceived
There was a wrestler named Atisura. He had conquered the wrestlers of various courts and came to the kingdom of the Rayar with many badges. All the wrestlers in the kingdom of the Rayar took alarm and were in a great fix. Tennalirama saw this and asked them why they were so dispirited. They said: “Up to this time we have been living under this Maharaja with respect. Now the time has come for us to lose our respect and our living also. A wrestler has come to reduce us to this position. What shall we do?” Tennalirama said: “Have no fear. Give me all your badges and follow me as your chief.” He then put on all the badges, and assuming the name of Virakesary, took up his position with his followers in a tent opposite to that of Atisura. That wrestler thought within himself: “This chief seems to be my rival. Let me first of all ascertain his merit.” So he sent word to Virakesari that he had come to see him. And Tennalirama sent back the following message: “You need not come here now. You can make known your business in the Rayar’s presence tomorrow.” Atisura, on hearing this, was much afraid at heart, thinking “What sort of wrestler may he be?” Next day the Rayar permitted Atisura and Virakesari to wrestle in his presence. Then Virakesari asked Atisura: “Is your method of wrestling the scientific method or the physical-force method?” Atisura replied: “It is the scientific method.” And then Virakesari said: “I shall show some symbols of the scientific method of wrestling. If you explain what those symbols mean, I shall deem it proper to wrestle with you.” Atisura said: “Let it be so.” Thereupon Virakesary joined together the three middle fingers of Atisura’s hand, and hit his own chest with them, placed his adversary’s two palms extended on his own shoulders, described a circle round his neck with the front finger, showed his right palm hanging upside down up to the hip, and waved his left fist. The wrestler saw all these symbols, but could make nothing of them. He thought over all the symbols that he had learnt in wrestling, but it vain. Having waited for some time, Tennalirama snatched from him all the badges which he had acquired in other places and, sounding his victorious drum, entered his tent. The next day the Rayar asked:- “Tennalirama! What is the meaning of those symbols which you displayed yesterday?” And Tennalirama, showing those symbols again, explained “Atisura! If I approach you, you pierce me with your dagger in my chest and kill me. I shall then drop down stretched on the ground with my face upwards. Then who will protect my wife and child. On hearing this the Rayar laughed heartily.