The statue was not be consecrated
according to religious rites.
Chavundaraya performed the prescribed rites and ceremonies for the installation of the
image. He also arranged the first ritual of the great ablution.
There is an interesting story about that. Hundreds of vessels full of milk were brought
for the ablution of the statue. Vessel after vessel of milk was poured on the head of the
lord's idol. The head was bathed, the face became wet, and the neck and chest also. But -
No matter how much milk they poured on the head, the figure was not completely bathed.
They poured more milk, and still more milk, but all that milk was absorbed at the navel.
A thousand years have passed since this image was installed. And the majestic and
benevolent figure still stands atop the hill, with the vast sky as its background
-reminding generations of human beings of the heights which man can reach if he gives up
selfishness, desire and pride.