several foreigners are visiting the temple quite often for
salvation. And tranquility. And lo! There are British Officers too.
Among them there is a European Collector, whose devotion merits
special mention. The story begins with a great devotee by name
Tiruneelakantar Desikar living in Raya Vellore in the last century.
His fervent prayers to Lord Siva for a son blessed him with the
He named him
Kandappan, who delighted one and all by his
precocity and austerity from infancy. Setting aside the marriage
proposal, when he come of age, he went to Chidambaram. On being
initiated by Muruga Swamigal of great fame, he reached Tiruvannamali
for meditation. He choose a sublime spot beside Gorakkanathar tank
and continued his tapas. He obtained super human powers. By his
yogic powers, he helped many people in fulfilling their desire. A
certain childless chettiar was blessed with a son and another Udayar
pining for the birth of a boy, was directed in dream by Lord Siva
himself to seek his blessings of the sage at Isanya thirtham.