Long time ago, Puntukas stone lied deep in the wood. Nobody had ever known or heard anything about it. In the place, where the Anykšta river now falls into Šventoji river once lived the Anykšta family. Mother Anykšta was a mighty sorceress. She had a magic omen the sight of which alone made the devils fall through the ground. The devils were angry with mother Anykšta and her family. So the oldest of the devils decided to kill her and block up her hut with a stone.The devil called his son and ordered him to fulfill his wish for him. The young one tried out different ways to lift the stone, but it wouldn’t move. Then the devil sent his senior son to complete his errand.The devil tried in vain as the stone wouldn’t move all the same. The oldest devil got mad and shouted, “Shame on you! How come you all have grown so weak that you can’t move a pebble! Watch me! Old as i am, i’ll only use one hand to send it onto that hag’s hut.”
The whole family of the devils gathered around the stone to watch. The oldest of the devils attempted at the stone from different places, but the stone would still be standing in its place. Soon the devil got exhausted. Seeing that his sons with their children were laughing their heads off, the devil grew even more cross and gave a whistle. All the devils swarmed all across the woods. The devil told them, “Take this rock, my children and throw it upon the hut of that witch Anykšta!”. To obey him, with much difficulty, they started carrying the stone.
The Thunder God was a big enemy of the devils.Upon seeing them, he would shoot a fiery arrow right away. This time was quite the same. It wasn’t long before he struck and made the devils flee in all directions. The stone, however, fall on Puntukas’s house.This is how Puntukas stone got its name from the man who had lived in that place. He’d been an evil, wicked man who had never got along with people. No one saw him ever since. But they started calling the stone by his name – Puntukas.