(Last Updated on : 02/09/2011)
The story of Goddess Verdatchamma contains the unusual trait of human sacrifice. When she lived on earth she and her husband did not reside together as she was born of the gods. This is a fact that is established in history. The fact that she did not dwell with her husband indicates an unusual condition in the society. There is a possibility that she was called Shakti
because of her attitude.
Verdatchamma gave money to construct the great tank which lies between two high hills. There were two diggers. Every day they dug and every night the bank broke apart. The legend says that these two men were brothers who had discussed the matter and was quarrelling over it. While they were discussing, a voice came from the ground in the tank.
Two shepherd boys named Pedda Kambudu and Chinna Kambudu heard this. They reported it to Verdatchamma and offered to be the sacrifices themselves. Their request was that their memory should be in some way maintained. The boys were kiiled and in their names two pipes were placed in the bank of the tank for discharge of water. The tank was thereafter completed without trouble.
It is believed that Verdatchamma later built herself a temple on the island in the tank and is said to have passed away there. The people believed her to be a goddess and built another temple on the tank bank and erected two stones that were dedicated to the murdered boys. Bloody offerings are made at this second temple.
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