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One of the 63 Nāyaṉmār bhakta saints. According to legend, he was a hunter so devoted to Śiva that, when he saw blood dripping from the eye of a liṅga, he plucked out his own eye to replace it, and would have done the same with his other eye if the god himself had not intervened. Gratified by such devotion, Śiva healed the hunter and caused him to be liberated, at the same time naming him Kaṇṇapar, ‘Eye-giver’. There is a shrine to the saint close to the liṅga in the Kālahastīśvara temple (Kālahasti) in Andhra Pradesh, the supposed site of these events.

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