Kakani is a set of two villages – Chinna(small) Kakani and Pedda(big) Kakani, famous for it’s huge temple, located on the way from Vijayawada to Guntur, currently, going to be in the new capital city of Andhra Pradesh. Assuming the stele exists, the government may make it a tourist spot in it’s capital. Below is frrom the Krishna District Manual created in late 1800s.
Before coming to Kaza there is seen on the left, across a small tank, the village of Chinna or Kukka Kakani, in which is a stone with a rude carving of a horseman and two hounds. There are different forms of the legend which this stone commemorates. The form in which the legend was told to me is as follows : —
In the old times there lived a Chieftain who possessed vast flocks and herds, but, in consequence of too lavish hospitality and too great a retinue, fell into debt, and was obliged to sell his herds and flocks and at last to borrow money from a trader. Annoyed by the frequent demands of this trader that he should repay the debt or at least give some security, the Chieftain one day told his creditor that he had an offer to make, that he would give him his best hound, an animal whose intelligence rendered him peculiarly valuable. The money-lender laughed in scorn and replied that if the dog were indeed so cunning he would return next day to his master’s abode. The debtor explained that the great merit of the hound lay in his fulfilling any orders given him and thereupon he called his favourite to him and strictly charged the faithful beast to transfer its allegiance to the trader and thenceforth to obey only him. Sadly the hound heard and departed with his new master. That night thieves dug through the wall of the trader’s house and were about to possess themselves of all his hoarded wealth, when the hound sprang upon the intruders and gave the alarm to the household. This roused a feeling of gratitude in the breast even of a money-lender, and when day broke the trader despatched a messenger to the Chieftain to say that the faithful hound had amply cancelled the debt between them and was returned. He explained to the dog that he was at liberty to go back to his former abode and so the obedient creature joyfully rushed forth outstripped the messenger and arrived alone at his old master’s house. The Chieftain was preparing for the chase, but reluctantly, for how could he hunt without his favourite hound. He looked up and was astonished to see the hound approaching. Sternly he spoke. ” For the first time thou hast proved faithless. Thou hast disobeyed me and made my plighted word of nought in the eyes of that crafty trader.” So saying he drew his bow, and an arrow speeding on its way made the faithful hound bite the dust. As it rolled in agony the messenger came in sight and soon told his message to the astonished Chieftain. It was too late. The hound was dead and sorrow for the hasty deed was unavailing, but this sculptured stone was raised in after years to perpetuate the memory of the hound’s fidelity and the master’s grief.