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Knowing that Choni's prayers were always answered, the Sages requested that he pray for rain on the 20th of Adar II, during a year of great drought. Before praying, Choni drew a circle on the ground and declared:
"Master of the Universe! See how Your children have turned to me! I swear by Your Great Name that I will not move from here until You have shown Mercy towards them!"
At that moment a few drop of rain began to fall. Choni exclaimed: "I prayed for enough rain to fill the wells and the ditches!"
Dangerous torrential rain started to pour down from the Heavens.
Choni then called out: "I didn't ask for this type of rain either! I prayed for rains of blessing and favor."
Immediately, the right kind of rain began to fall…

Rabbi Shimon ben Shetach later said: "I would have excommunicated anyone else but you Choni! What can I do with you, who insulted the Almighty but made Him do what you want, just like a son who insults his father but gets him to do what he wants?" (Ta'anit)

On the ground at the center of the area in front of the tomb is a circle which has been drawn around two footprints, representing the circle which Choni drew around himself . According to some opinions, Choni's grandchildren are also buried at this site. Over the years it has become customary to offer prayers for rain at the tomb during times of drought.