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CONSTRUCTION OF THE RANGANATHA TEMPLE
With the assistance of his four disciples, Tirumahgai soon became the leader of a large gang of robbers. Together they accumulated a great hoard of riches that was kept concealed in a secret place on Lord Rahganatha's island. Spending large sums of money, Tirumahgai brought the best architects in the land to design a huge temple for the Lord and at an auspicious moment he laid the foundation stone.The inner temple room, encircled by the first ring of walls and crowned with a high tower, was completed in two years. Thousands of builders were engaged to take part in the construction, but even so it took four years to complete the next ring of walls and apartments, six years for the second, eight years for the third, ten years for the fourth, twelve years for the fifth, and eighteen years for the sixth. In all it took sixty years to complete the construction of the temple, and by this time Tirumahgai was over eighty years old.After the construction of the inner temple, kings began to send money to Tirumahgai of their own accord, convinced now that he was a genuine devotee. Moreover, he was now the leader of a gang of over one thousand robbers and other wealthy land owners gave money liberally to assist with the work, fearing that all of their property would otherwise be plundered. Despite all this, Tirumahgai still lived the simple life of a devotee, eating only once a day pras&dam cooked by his own hand and prepared from food he obtained by begging. He would also ensure that all the people in that area never suffered for want of food—only the rich lived in fear of the sage Tirumahgai.