Lord Vishnu was worshipping of Lord Shiva and he was also anointed with 1,000 Lotus flower on the shivalinga. In the end, when he saw that a one Lotus flower was less then he could not get out of the middle so he offered his one eye to Shiva for completion of worship.

I have no authorized reference for this story. If I am wrong please correct me.

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    Not gave, he was about to offer when Lord Shiva intervened. This is one of the stories of how Lord Vishnu got his weapon the Sudarshana Chakra. It's there in some Puranas.
    – Rickross
    Apr 21, 2018 at 5:55
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    @Rickross Yes, its present in Shiva Purana.
    – user9969
    Apr 21, 2018 at 5:59
  • @Rickross I would also want to know that why he worshipped Lord Shiva. Fortunately, you gave the answer in your comment. Well, explanation. Apr 21, 2018 at 6:07
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    Was it bilva patra or lotus flower that Vishnu offered.
    – user14995
    Apr 21, 2018 at 8:35
  • @AnuragSingh I am not sure about Bilvapatra But you are not wrong. I also heard lotus flower. Apr 21, 2018 at 10:20

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That event is referenced in Harivamsha Parva of Mahabharata in 3.84 where Kailasha is described:

यत्र लेभे हरिश्चक्रमुपास्य बहुभिर्दिनैः ।
पुष्करैः शतपत्रैश्च नेत्रेण च जगत्पतिम् ॥ 3.84.11

That place where (Kailash) Hari obtained the Chakra by worshiping for several days the Jagatpati (Shiva), by lotus flowers and by his eye.

The detailed story can be found in Linga Purana 1.98. There Lord Vishnu recites Shiva Sahasranama and while offering flowers Lord Shiva makes one flower to disappear, then Lord Vishnu offers his eye (as his eye are like lotus):

In this way, lord Vishnu, reciting a thousand names of Shiva, worshipped the bull bannered lord. Then lord Visnu, bathed lord Siva and adored with him the lotus flowers. In order to test the devotion of Visnu, lord Siva, concealed one of the lotus flowers. With the disappearing of the lotus flower, Visnu thought- “How has it happened?" Finding the disappearing of a lotus, Visnu (who is known as having lotus like eyes) took out one of his eyes and then worshipped lord Siva who is the refuge of all, besides being the preceptor of the universe. He worshipped the lord uttering his last name. (Linga Purana 1.98)

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