The dawn had struck Perinje Gutthu. It was the time in Tulunadu region where the rulers had to stand by the King to assist him in the event of an enemy attack. But in Perinje Gutthu, since the demise of Manjanna Poonja, there was none to courageously lead the war, Also The King had ordered for handover of the Gutthu authority since there was no potent dynast.
Shankari Ponnja, wife of Manjanna Poonja was disturbed by this order, according to Bunt tradition it’s the nephew who should be validating as heir after his maternal uncle, while the timid Deramu, nephew of Majanna Poonja had backed off fearing the war and Shankari Poonja couldn’t digest the fact that, the house where great warriors were born wasn’t having a powerful heir now.
Devu Poonja, a sixteen year aged boy came home after his routine playtime in search of his mother, only to find her in a dark room of the Perinja Gutthu House. Shocked by the instance young Devu Poonja stood clueless, unable to fathom the reason for his mother’s tears. When asked, he heard from her the reason for her grief. It was now Devu Poonja’s respsibltity to solace his widow mother while he couldn’t think of any way to save his Gutthu identity other than by leading the war himself. Yes! A sixteen year aged boy wanted to lead the violent war, which was no child’s play. Even Shankari Poonjedhi was agitated to hear this, she pushed his words aside. Devu Poonja was not just another immature kid who could be easily neglected. He filled confidence in his mother by saying, A tiger can only gives birth to another tiger not a rat and Devu Poonja who is the son of Manjanna Poonja and nephew of Kantanna Athikari will prove to be no less than his ancestors.
His words brought a ray of hope in Shankari Poonjedhi, but the one against whom he had to fight was not any ordinary warrior. Manimajala Gutthu Dugganna Konde, who had fought and won seven wars, was a well known warrior by then. So, Shankari Poonjedhi asked Devu to master the art of warfare from her elder brother Kanthanna Athikari.
As ordered by his mother, under the guidance of his maternal uncle, Devu Poonja mastered the tricks of warfare and was even able to defeat his uncle during the practice sessions. Charmed by his nephew, Kanthana thinks what he shall gift Devu (“Panvu Bangar kornda karchi aadh povu, mandhe kadapudunda mannadh pover”). As if reading his uncles thoughts Devu Poonja himself comes up with a request and asks his uncle to send Daiva Jumadi along with him, which he used to worship. Agreeing for his nephew’s request, Kanthanna offers prayers to Daiva Jumadi to take his blessings.
At the Karandetthi war field Dugganna Konde faces Devu Poonja and was surprised to see a young boy who had come to fight with him. The war hero of Manimajala Gutthu mocks Devu and asks him to flee the field, But Devu in return teases Dugganna Konde by saying he is only good at words and not wiling to fight. Raged by the words of Devu, Dugganna Konde initiates a combat and grips Poonja and locks him under his arms without much hustle.
Unable to bear the pain of Dugganna Konde’s grip, Devu Poonja rebuked Daiva Jumadi, “what has my uncle sent along with me? This Daiva is worthless and of no use”. Within seconds of his disapproval of Jumadi, Devu could feel enormous strength in his body The powerful Daiva Jumadi as he always said, “Onji Leppugu, patth oo kendh daiva yaan undaape” (If you believe in me, I’ll be present for your help at just one call), was now present for Devu’s help and had proved true to his words. He had blessed Poonja with magical strength.
Devu Poonja thus managed to escape from the grips of Dugganna Konde and within no time reversed the grip on Dugganna Konde and held him tight. Eventually Devu Poonja went on to win the war after he cut off Dugganna Konde’s head.
Later, Devu Poonja with the blessings of Daiva Jumadi grew to be one of the most prominent personalities of Tulunadu