The elderly Couples followed their chief and his daughter in a procession to the
field of cloth of golden fire just on the outskirts of the city through the main
streets decorated with flags and festoons. The yagasala built on a secluded garden
adjoining the city, was well guarded from the prying eyes of the billeted soldiers
of Vishnuvardhan. A particular group uf courtesans kept the soldiers busy with their
charm and drowned them with their affection. The soldiers who were home sick alter
many a skirmishes end long travel found the much needed comfort in the embrace of
the Devadasis.The tender arms softened the ferocity of the men at arms, spoiled
them and spoiled them absolutely.
There were many communities other than Arva Vysyas who helped the yagna to be performed
since they believed that they were upholding the honour of a woman. The processionists
were led by the land�s best mangla vadhyam, (Nadhaswaram) chanting of vedas by pandits
of repute and reverence behoving the divine yagna. The couple were gaily chatting
with each other as if they were going to partake in an auspicious function.
The moving congregation all clad in white wearing sweetsmell�ing white jasmine garlands
and mani pravalla veerakankannams was a sight to be hold. Kusuma Guptha entered
the decorated yagasala with his daughter Vasavi and the fortunate ones to the accompaniment
of Nadhaswaram and drumbeats. There was fire in every Homagundam. The whole place
looked like a field of cloth of golden fire. They shouted �Nagareswara Swamiki Jai'
Their voices reached the crescendo when they pronounced the names of the persons
and the gothra to which they belonged.
In an arranged manner everyone entered the yagasala and stood in silence. Their
Kulaguru, the incarnation of Brahma, blessed them on their holy mission and said
that their noble act will be written in letters of gold and remembered as �Athmarpanam
of Vasavi" along with her parent and relatives friends and citizens. The youngmen
and girls were advised by the elders to follow the tenets of the Vysya community
ordained by Sri vasavi and the teachings of SriBaskarapanthulu. They were instructed
to be calm and courageous during trying times, and follow the cult of non-violence
(Ahimsa) which is a sure path to victory adopted by their princess Vasavi.
The balanagars told the King Vishnuvardhan, that the whole city was, being decorated
gaily and an yagna being performed to appease the Gods for a royal wedding. Those
youngsters lulled the King into false belief that wedding has been successfully
arranged by them.