“King Thondaman was Padmavati Devi’s father’s brother. As time went by, his attention to the well-being of his kingdom went down. He became negligent and lazy to do his duties. He started to seek help of Sri Srinivasa for the smallest of the smallest things.
One day, a devotee sought King’s protection for his wife and his daughter as he left for Kasi. Thondaman agreed to safe-guard them. The devotee returned and asked the king for the whereabouts of his family. King struggled to remember the whereabouts and finally found out that they were locked in a guest house with nothing to eat for days together. Both the wife and daughter were found to be dead and only bones were found. He approached Sri Srinivasa in the middle of the night and asked Him to somehow get him out of the trouble.
Srinivasa asked the king to fetch the bones and drop them in the pushkarini. As soon as the bones were put into the pushkarini, they took shape of the devotee’s wife and daughter as if they were just taking a bath and looked divine. Thondaman was quite happy. Since then, the pushkarini is called asthi pushkarini (the divine water body that turned the bones into a living body). He began approaching Srinivasa for such tasks.
Srinivasa understood that easy access of His powers has become a reason for King Thondaman to misuse and disrespect Him.