One day, dizzy from long walking, he arrived at the Lord’s shrine with the water-pot on his head. As he climbed up over the lingam, he tripped and the kalasa fell, but miraculously spilt over the lingam itself. Utterly spent, Thunaiyār fell unconscious to the ground. As if in a dream, he heard the Lord say, ‘So long as there is famine in the land, I will place a gold coin here for you each day’! Thinking he was delirious, he doubted the words. But when he raised his head, to his great surprise he glimpsed something shiny at the pedestal of the shrine. It was a bright golden coin. Even just the sight of it gave him strength, after all, it was not merely gold but prasad from the Lord. From that day on, Thunaiyār made long trips to neighboring regions to obtain food and supplies to support his devotions. When the land became prosperous again, Thunaiyār, unattached to everything apart from his service to Mahadeva, did not even notice that the gold coin was no longer offered each day but performed his abhishekams with untiring devotion. In due course, he reached the feet of the Lord.