Story of Nageshwar Jyotirlinga

 A story is famous in relation to Nageshwar Jyotirlinga.  According to the legend, there was a merchant who believed in Dharma Karma.  He had unparalleled devotion to Lord Shiva.  Even after being busy in business work, he used to spend whatever time he had in worship, worship and meditation.  A demon named Daruk got angry with this devotion.  Being of demonic nature, Lord Shiva did not like him at all.   The demon was always in search of such an opportunity, that how he could obstruct the devotion of the merchant.  Once he was going somewhere on a business boat by merchant boat.  The demon saw this, and taking the opportunity, attacked the boat.  And took the passengers of the ferry to the capital and imprisoned them.  Even in captivity, the merchant used to regularly worship Lord Shiva.   Even in the prisoner's house, when the news of Shiva worship of the merchant reached that demon, he felt very bad.  In a fit of anger, he reached the merchant in the prison.  The merchant

devotion to kannappa

 Bhil Kumar wandered in the Kannappa forest and reached near a temple. Seeing the idol of Lord Shankar in the temple, he thought – God is alone in this forest. Let no animal bother them. It was evening. Kannapp mounted an arrow on the bow and started guarding the entrance of the temple. In the morning, he thought of worshiping God, but he did not know how to worship.

  He went into the forest, killed the animals and roasted their meat in the fire. The bees broke the hive and extracted honey. Taking honey and meat in a couple, plucking some flowers and filling the river water in the mouth reached the temple. He removed the flowers and leaves lying on the idol from his feet. Water was offered to the idol from the mouth itself, flowers were offered and meat and honey were kept as naivedya.

  Every morning a Brahmin used to come to that temple to worship. The Brahmin would be sad to see the pieces of meat in the temple every day. One day he sat secretly to see who was doing this. He saw Kannapp came. At that time, seeing the blood flowing from one of the eyes of the idol, he applied the medicine of leaves on the eyes of the idol, but the blood did not stop.

  Then Kannapp took out his eye from the arrow and placed it on the eye of the idol. The blood stopped. Then blood started flowing from the other eye. Kannapp offered the second eye as well. Then Shankarji appeared and, applying Kannappa to his heart, returned his eyesight and said to the brahmin - I do not love the worship method, but the devotional spirit is dear to me.

  In fact, God is pleased only by the mere remembrance done with complete dedication and gives auspicious blessings to the devotee."