Bhakta Kannappa Temple, Srikalahasti: There are some legends and myths associated with the temple of which two are most popular. One of them is in "Sri Srikalahasti Satakam", describing the origin of the name of the temple and the other, in the Tamil hagiology, describing the association of the original jungle temple where Kannappa, an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva worshipped.
In the temple compound, there is an underground temple for Lord Ganesha and an entrance leading to Kannappa Hills. There are other famous temples in Srikalahasti like the Durgamba temple on the northern part of the hill surrounding the main temple. On the southern part of the hill there is a Kannapeswara temple dedicated to sage Kannappa. Thinna, the original name of Kannappa, was a wild tribesman who worshipped a Siva Linga amidst the forest. He offered one of his eyes to the lord when he found blood oozing out from it and when he tried to offer another, the Lord mercifully stopped him. From then, he was called as Kannappa as he offered his "Kannu", meaning "eyes" in Telugu, to the Lord. Hence there is an image of this devotee of Lord Shiva, in the sanctum.