Sri Vallalar (Ramalinga Adigalar)
Dispeller of darkness - VALLALAR
This saint is known as the Arutperunjothi Vallalar. During one of his travels, Swamigal saw a man selling maakal (soapstone) deepam. Realizing that it was the kind used by Vallalar, he stopped to buy one. It was the last lamp, after selling which the lamp seller would buy rice for his daily meal before he went home. Out of compassion, Swamigal decided to buy it off him. Questions that flooded Swamigal's mind were 'How come this unusual lamp was here, and that too just the last one? Is this a cue for me to bring Vallalar to Arogya Peedam?
Was the lamp seller Vallalar himself? Was I the chosen one?
Thus Vallalar came to be installed among the saints at Arogya Peedam.