KANAMPULLA NAYANAR


Kanampulla Nayanar was a wealthy man in Irukkuvelur. He was a great Siva Bhakta. He
wanted to utilise all his wealth in His service only. So, with unswerving devotion he would light the
lamps in Siva shrines and sing His praise. Lord Siva wanted to reveal his devotion. He withdrew his
wealth. He went over to Chidambaran. There also he continued his service, with the money got by
selling his possessions. There was nothing left in the house. He had to cut grass, sell it and purchase
ghee with the money and burn the lamps. Because he cut grass known as Kanampul, he was known
as Kanampulla Nayanar. One day he could not sell the grass. He did not want to swerve from his
duty, however. He went to the temple and made a wick out of the grass and burnt it. The quantity of
grass was not enough. So, he brought his own head near the lamp, spread his hair on the lamp, and
began burning it. At once Lord Siva appeared before him, and blessed him.