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Early the next morning they rose and continued on their journey. Soon they came to the well the fowler had spoken of, and Ramanuja went down the steps to collect water for the wife of the fowler. Three times he brought water to  her, but still her thirst was not satisfied. When he came back for the fourth time, there was no trace of the couple to be seen. They had completely disappeared. It was only then he realized They were in fact LaksmT and Narayana,  who had taken the forms of a fowler and his wife just to protect Their devotee and guide him through the dangerous forest.Seeing the towers of temples and a cluster of houses nearby, Ramanuja asked a passerby, "Sir, what is the  name of this town?The man looked at him in amazement. "Can't you recognize the reputed city of Kancipuram?" he replied. "Why are you speaking like a stranger? I know that you are one of Yadavaprakasa's students, and I have  seen you many times in the city." Saying this the man continued on his way without waiting for a reply. At first Ramanuja was taken completely by surprise at this unbelievable news, but gradually he began to realize how  Laksmidevi and Lord Narayana had bestowed their mercy upon him. Then his heart became filled with the ec stasy of divine love, and with tears rolling down his cheeks he began to offer prayers:


namo brahmanya'devaya

go brahmana hitdya ca

jagad'dhitaya krsnaya

govindaya namo namah