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Who Offered Meat To Lord Shiva

Who Offered Meat To Lord Shiva

Who Offered Meat To Lord Shiva - In this story of one of the sixty-three Nayanars (Saivite Saints) Kannappa Nayanar.

Story of a Shiva Devotee Kannappa Nayanar :

A famous archer Thimman went hunting one day. In the forest he found a temple, which had a Shivalinga. Thimman had a deep love for Shiva and wanted to offer something there. But they did not understand how and which method to do this work. He naively offered the meat that he had on the Shivling and went away happy that Shiva accepted his offering.

The temple was looked after by a Brahmin who lived far away from that temple. Though he was a devotee of Shiva, but he could not come to the temple so far daily, so he used to come only once in fifteen days.

The next day when the Brahmin reached there, he was stunned to see the flesh lying next to the Shiva Linga. Thinking that it would be the work of an animal, he cleaned the temple, performed his puja and went away.

The next day, Thimman and the meat were brought to offer. He was not aware of any pooja lesson, so he sat down and started talking to Shiva about his heart. He started coming daily to offer meat. One day he felt that cleaning of Shivling is necessary but he did not have any utensils to bring water. So he went to the waterfall and brought water in his mouth and put the same water on the Shivling.

When the Brahmin came back to the temple, the temple was filled with disgust at seeing the spit on the flesh and Shivling. He knew that no such animal could do it. Only a human could do this. He cleaned the temple, recited mantras to purify the Shivalinga. Then went to worship. But every time he comes, he would get Shivling in the same impure state.

One day he was filled with tears and asked Shiva, "O God of gods, how can you tolerate so much humiliation."

Shiva replied, "What you consider an insult is an offering to another devotee. I am bound by his devotion and accept what he offers. If you want to see the depth of his devotion, So go hide somewhere nearby and see if it is going to come. "

Brahmin hid behind a bush. Thimman came with meat and water. He is surprised to see that Shiva is not accepting his offering as usual. He starts thinking about what sin he has committed. When he looked closely at the Shivlinga, he found that something was leaking from the right eye of the Shivling. He applied herbs to that eye so that he could recover but more blood started coming from him. Eventually, he decided to give his eye. He took out one of his knives, took out his right eye and placed it on the Shivling. The blood stopped dripping and Thimman breathed a sigh of relief.

Kannappa Nayanar

But then he noticed that blood is also coming out of the left eye of the Shivling. He immediately took out the knife to take out his other eye, but then he felt that he would not be able to see where to keep that eye. So he put his foot on the Shivling and took out his eye. Seeing his immense devotion, Shiva appeared to Thimman. His eyesight returned and he bowed before Shiva. He was known as Kannappa Nayanar. Kanna means Nayanar offering eyes, Shiva devotee.

 


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