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Kannappa – The Stout Devout
He became one of the sixty-three
Nayanmars, the stout devouts of Shiva.
A hunter from the banks of Kalahasti,
Kannappa a hunter, a devout, a giver.
One day while on his hunt,
he found a stone divine,
put all his faith in it,
leaving everything aside.
Kannappa’s God was his friend,
for whom he carried water in his mouth.
And shared what he hunted
with a caring heart.
Lord accepted it all,
but one day , to test his faith,
Shook the earth,
the temple collapsing under its weight.
When all priests ran out to save their lives,
Kannappa ran for what lay inside,
He covered it with his body,
the falling stones littered aside.
One day he saw the lord’s eye bleed,
so he took out his own to fix it.
When the second eye started to bleed,
he marked the bleeding eye with his foot
and set upon pulling out his own.
The story goes, he attained nirvana
Stayed in bliss day and night.
Kannappa had met Shiva
and all was now set right.
for knowing the whole episode in detail please visit https://ourdharma.wordpress.com/2009/02/13/203/ .