At the point when Arjuna was worshipping Lord Shiva for Pashupatastra, to test him Lord Shiva entered the forest as a hunter and because of the battle between Lord Shiva and Arjuna, a fight occurred among both of them and lastly impressed by Arjuna’s skills, Lord Shiva gave him the Pasupathasthra. Notwithstanding, on account of his egotistic nature of being the best fighter, he is brought back to life as a hunter in the Kali Yuga as Kannappa Nayanar lastly got freedom.
Srikalahasti Temple location
The Srikalahasteeswara temple is located in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. Srikalahasti is a temple town popular among devotees who visit the temple. The Srikalahasti Temple’s main deity is Lord Shiva. It was constructed in the year 1516 by Krishnadevraya – the king of the Vijayanagara. Krishnadevraya was also a Shiva devotee.
Story of Srikalahasti Temple
Thinna was a resolute devotee of the Vayu Linga of the Srikalahasteeshwara Temple which he found in the forest while hunting. Being a hunter, he didn’t have a clue how to appropriately worship Lord Shiva. It is said that he poured water from his mouth on the Shiva lingam which he brought from the close by river Swarnamukhi. He additionally offered Lord Shiva whatever creature he hunted, including pig tissue. However, Lord Shiva acknowledged his contributions since Thinna was pure at heart, and his offerings were filled with devotion. Once, Lord Shiva tried to test the commitment of Thinna. With his divine force, He made a quake and the rooftop highest points of the temple started to fall. Every one of the sages fled from the scene aside from Thinna who covered the linga with his body to keep it from any harm. Thus he was named from there on as Dheera (bold one).
Thinna saw that one of the eyes of the Shiva linga was overflowing blood and tears. Detecting that Lord Shiva’s eye had been harmed, Thinna continued to pull his one eye out with one of his bolts and put it in the spot of the draining eye of the Shiva linga. This halted the bleeding in that eye of the linga. Yet, to complicate matters further, he saw that the other eye of the linga has likewise begun overflowing blood. So Thinna felt that if he somehow happened to cull his other eye as well, he would get heedless to precisely know where he needs to put his own second eye over the draining second eye of the lingam. So he set his incredible toe on the linga to stamp the spot of the draining second eye and continued to cull out his other and just eye. Moved by his commitment, Lord Shiva showed up before Kannappa, prevented him from culling his lone eye, and reestablished the two of his eyes. He made Thinna one of the Nayanars and he was called Kannappan or Kannappa Nayanar.