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Lord Siva Of Sri Kalahasthi
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The Episode Of Sri Kala & Hasti
Kannappa Nayanar Siva Panchakshari Mantra
Holy Thirthas What To Adore
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Mighty Atoms For Tiny Tots Lord Siva Of Sri Kalahasthi
Bhagawan Vithoba Of Pandharpur Bizarre Beliefs And Odd Traditions
Asoka Priyadarsin The Mother Of Melmaruvathur And Her Miracles
Vishnu Mayam Jagat Sarvam Sakti Mayam
The Temples Of Tamilnadu Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol I

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THE EPISODE OF KANNAPPA NAYANAR

Amongst the legions of devotees who were blessed by the Lords in several ways, the Kananappa's life affords an interesting study; for, more or less his name became synonymous with this holy place by having a separate shrine over the nearby hill, besides having his image in the sanctum sanctorum, itself.

This illustrious bhakta was born as a cock in his purvajanma. He was reared by a hunter, who too was a Siva bhakta of a rare type. He used to offer very many kinds of edibles to the Lord as naivedyam including bits of meat. Once the cock ate a piece, more by accident than by intent. Deeming it as a great sacrilege, he killed it at once. Since the cock swallowed the naivedyam a bit, it was born to a hunter king, who was a yaksha in his past life and was assured by the Lord that he would be redeemed after the birth of a son. As promised by the Lord, he regained his original form after the birth of son, whom he called Kanna. So Kanna was an orphan, but grew up into a youth of exceptional bravery. His personality too was captivating.

As he grew up, he developed great devotion to the Lord Siva and was offering worship to the Vayulinga in a characteristic way - offering bits of meat every day only after testing by biting each one to find out its eat-worthiness. Moreover, he was making abhishekam to the Lord with the Swarnamukhi water brought in his mouth, and pouring it over the Linga. 

 

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