Deep in the forests of Ututadi, we see a car's head lights meandering across a narrow road fortified by trees. In the car, are two girls in their twenties. Preeti is driving and her friend Akanksha, is looking out of the window, holding on to a pendant that bares two logs of wood on fire. Preeti has been driving for five long hours, now asks Akanksha if she is still sure of where they are headed, or are they actually lost. Akanksha without looking at Preeti, responds that they are almost there.
It's almost twilight now, and they stop by an open field surrounded by trees, and a small lake is seen at a distance. Besides the lake, Preeti catches sight of an old temple that looks like it had been abandoned for hundreds of years. Akanksha gets out of the car, and begins walking towards the lake. Preeti follows her hesitantly. Akanksha doesn't seem to be bothered about Preeti, and without looking back, starts walking towards the giant dark temple.
Preeti (with Akanksha in sight) scans the dark walls near the entrance of the temple. She stares at a wall carving of a group of saints worshipping a lady. The woman seemed young, beautiful and with long black hair covering most of her body. Besides the carving, is a scripture that reads a verse:
My Lord shall forever be The One Channamallikarjuna
Preeti was sure that she had read this in one of Akka Mahadevi's poems before in history class. Preeti runs inside, she finds Akanksha at a distance, who has now stopped in front of a woman-statue that resembles the one in the carving. Akanksha seems like she is staring at the dark statue, and smiles at it in content, as if she found something.
"Is this what we were looking for?" asks Preeti, who catches up with Akanksha.
Akanksha doesn't respond and continues to smile at the statue.
"Oh!!! Akka Mahadevi!!!" Preeti exclaims, now admiring the statue "so YOU are the reason why my stupid friend dragged me all the way here!"
The statue stands easily ten feet taller than the two girls. Mahadevi's eyes are bearing down at them.
Preeti turns around to Akanksha and desperately asks "Ok, so now we found Akka, and she is safe here in the middle of this quiet jungle.. Far away from that evil king Kaushika. Can we please go now?"
Preeti wonders why Akanksha keeps smiling at this statue. She flashes the torch at Akanksha, who seems to be unresponsive to her questions. She then flashes the torch over Akka Mahadevi's face. The level of details in the statue are carefully crafted. Every strand of Akka Mahadevi's hair seems to be well defined. "this statue must be over a thousand years old, I'm surprised why nobody ever visited or talked about this temple"
She lowers the torch-light and finds a necklace also carved onto the statue's neck.
To Preeti's surprise, the pendant of the necklace resembles the exact one that belonged to Akanksha's: The two logs of wood on fire. Preeti is suddenly gripped by a cold chill, and suddenly the torch starts to flicker. She starts to tremble and slowly moves the torch back on to Akanksha, who's face is now completely covered by her hair.
"Akankshaaa!!!!!" She screams, and falls backward.
Akanksha slowly strips off her clothes, and begins reciting the same verse that Preeti once read in history class. Preeti seems too paralysed to move, as she watches her friend, who's body is now completely hidden by her own hair, walk out of the temple, reciting the last part of the verse.