Periyapuranam narrates the story of sixty three saints who are better known as Nayanmargal. It is compiled as the 12th Thirumurai and also known Thiruthondarpuranam; the greatest work of epic in the world of Saivism which hold a unique position.
Tinnan went up the hill and the moment his eyes saw the image of Shiva's Linga, a mighty transformation came upon him. He gave up the idea of returning home and spent his cleaning up the temple, decorating the image and offering cooked meat to the Lord. For five Tinnan continued his unconventional worship which included cleaning the top of the Linga with his sandals. It was sometime before the regular priest Sivagochariar discovered the identity of the devotee who was performing the desecratory worship. He was upset but the Lord appeared in his dream and commanded him to observe Tinnan from a hiding place. When Tinnan came with flowers on his head and cooked meat in his hands for performing worship, he was shocked to see one of the eyes of Shiva spouting blood. Feeling helpless, he plucked out his eyes and stuck it on the Linga.The flow of blood stopped.
But Tinnan's joy at having staunched the flow was short lived. Presently the second eye of the Linga began spurting blood.Undaunted, Tinnan held his foot against Lord Shiva's wounded eye and began gouging out his own healthy eye so that he could offer it to the Lord. The Lord Shiva then appeared from the beyond exclaiming thrice, Stop, Kannappa! Such is the enthralling story of Kannappar.
A time came when he had literally nothing on hand to continue this self chosen duty. In the mean time he and his family had gone without food for several days.Kalayanar was blessed with an understanding wife. She could stand no more the hunger of her children and so gave her auspicious necklace to Kalayanar.He was to sell it and buy some paddy. As Kalayanar went towards the shopping centre, a seller of Kungiliyam came his way. Quite excited by the availability of a bag of Kungiliyam, kalayanar exchange the necklace for the incense. The next moment he started walking towards the temple. Entering the sacred precincts he fell unconscious as he had been without food for several days. Lord Shiva appeared in his dream and advised him to go home and eat milk pudding. Waking up, Kalayanar was flabbergasted that Lord Shiva should ask him to part take of a rich meal when his home had not a grain in the granary. All the same, he did not dare to disobey the Lord. He got up and went home.
Wonder of wonders! His house had changed beyond recognition. It was endowed luxuriously and the granary overflowed with paddy. Even as his darling wife Kalayanar and the other devotees of Shiva to her hearts content, it was clear that for his lifetime henceforth Kalayanar would have no dearth of wealth to render his favorite service to Shiva. As Kalayanar happily continued his service at Kadavur, he heard that in the temple at Tiruppanandal, the image of the Lord had tilted to one side. The King had set his army to pull the image back to its original angle in vain.Kalayanar hastened to Tiruppanandal.Finding the army tired out and in a swoon; he decided to join their ranks. He bound one end of the rope to the image and tied the other end to his neck and pulled hard. Lord Shiva touched by his devotees love straightened himself in a trice to the wonder of all those present. The very heaven showered scented blossoms to mark the miracle. It is said that when Kalayanar lived at Kadavur, he played host to famous devotees of Shiva like Tirujnanasambandhar.He was indeed a peerless devotee who had not even a shade of ego in him.
A legend associated with Perumakkothai speaks of Panabhadra, a great musician. Pleased with his music, Shiva gave him a letter of introduction to the Chera King. Overwhelmed, Perumakkothai gave Panabhadra riches innumerable. The King's instinctive understanding of others needs gave him the sobriquet, Kazharitrarivar.Perumakkothai ‘s ritual worship of Lord Shiva was undertaken with deep concentration and it is said he invariably heard the sounds of the Lord's anklet at the conclusion of the pooja. As his fame spread apace, one day he was upset when the Lord's anklet - sounds did not reach him. As he tried to commit suicide, the sounds of the anklet were heard. "I was listening to Sundarar's recital and I am late", the Lord assured him. Presently Perumakkothai met Sundarar and they became good friends. Together they visited several holy places like Chidambaram, Madurai, Rameshwaram and Tiruvarur.When Perumakkothai learnt sometime later that Sundarar had ascended to Kailas on a heavenly elephant; he recited the Panchakshara into the ear of his horse. And lo! Drawn by the power of intense devotion and ever present grace, the horse ascended to Kailas as well.
The Lord then commanded Sundarar to go to Tirupperumangalam. When Kalikkamar heard this, he stabbed himself. His wife who was also a devotee of Shiva was non-plussed. Stealing herself, she did the corpse and welcomed Sundarar. But Sundarar was aghast when he heard of Kalikkamar's death. He then proceeded to stab himself! It was then that Shiva appeared, Kalikkamar was brought to life and the two devotees became great friends.