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After touring many holy places of pilgrimage, Tirumahgai at last came to the temple of Lord Rahganatha. The Deity of Rahganatha had originally been installed by Vibhisana, the brother of Ravana, but at the time of Tirumahgai  the temple was completely dilapidated and filled with bats. Once a day a priest would come there to offer a few flowers and a little water to the Deity before hurrying away out of fear of the wild animals that dwelt in the surrounding  forest.When he saw this unhappy state of affairs, a strong desire arose in the mind of Tirumahgai to build a beautiful, opulent temple for Lord Rahganatha. However, he did not have a penny to his name and no more did any of his  disciples. After consulting together they decided to approach every rich man they could find and beg him to give money for the building of a temple. Unfortunately, the effects of Kaliyuga having set in, not one of these rich men would  give even a small coin and they frequently blasphemed the devotees by calling them rogues or thieves.