Shiva performed "Thiruvilayadals" for poets who prayed to him
for succour. Once the Pandiyan king had a doubt as to whether
the scent from a woman's hair was natural or artificial. He announced
a price of 1000 gold coins for anyone who clear his doubt. A
poor poet named Tharumi prayed to Lord Shiva to make him
get the award. The Lord gave a poem to the poet and asked him
to take it to the King. When this poem was read in the court,
Poet Nakkeerar found fault with it and stopped the giving
od the prize. Alas! Tharumi's grief grew and he again appealed
to the Lord. He said he was not for not receiving the prize but
he could not bear anyone finding fault with the Lord's poems.
Suddenly the Lord opened the eye in his forehead (Netrikkan) which emitted fire and looked at Nakkeerar to show the poet who he was. Even then, Nakkeerar persisted in his statement. As he could not bear the scorching heat, emanating from the divine eye he jumped into the water of the Golden Lotus Tank. Then at the request of the other poets, the Lord took Nakkeerar out of the tank, forgave him and made him study under 'Agasthiar', the tamil Sage.