an auspicious day of lunar eclipse, when countless devotees and
sages assembled for special pujas, Kannappa came there with mouthful
of water for abhishek in his hunting shoes as usual. When he was
about to offer abhisheka ,
he saw some yellow discharge from the left eye of the Lord. He was
upset. In his zeal to heal the affected eye, he decided to
transplant his eye into the Lord's eye socket. Deciding, he pulled
out his left eye with an arrow and put it into the Lord's eye
socket. What a marvel! The eye shone exceedingly brilliant at once.
Flashes of smile wreathed the faces of priests and on lookers.
Before the vanishing of the flickers of smile, he found the right
eye watery and the same yellow fluid coming out. He was about to
repeat the same process for healing, by putting his foot on the
affected eye of the Lord to indicating the point to be
translated, for he could see nothing if his only eye too was pulled
out. There appeared, then the compassionate Lord and stopped his
inimitable venture. Demonstrating the real nature of true bhakthi to
the spectators, the Lord disappeared granting Salokyamukti as
desired by Kannapa in addition to restoring the eye sight to
him. Doesn't he deserve the ever watchful benign look of the Lord,
more than Salokyaprapti. Hence the installation his image in the
garbha griha of the Lord, and it is seen even today. He was
canonised later and called, Kannappa or Netresa Nayanar.