Kannappa, a hunter
Kannappa, a hunter, who offers his eyes during a test of his devotion, is shown on the verge of gouging out his eye with an arrow in order to replace the damaged eye of the linga. He places his right foot on one of the linga’s eyes so he knows where to place his own eye. At this point, Shiva’s arm emerges from the linga and grabs his wrist to stop him. A five-hooded snake rises behind the deep blue mukhalinga, set in a carefully molded pitha placed on a stepped plinth.