Girivalam is a monthly Holy walk performed on the ‘Pournami’ Full Moon Day around the Tiruvannamalai ‘Hill’ the Giri. Unlike other circum ambulation which are usually performed around a deity or a sanctum sanctorum Girivalam is performed around the Tiruvannamalai hill which is itself Lord Shiva.
Here are the most important things to follow during Girivalam
1. Perform Girivalam with People
It is always good and divine to perform Girivalam with your Friends and Family other than performing it alone.
2. Chant Arunachala hymn
During the Girivalam avoid talking or chatting unnecessarily, keep chanting the ‘Arunachala Shiva…’ hymn
Iha Para Sukha Dayaka, Esha (Sai), Iha Para Sukha Dayaka
Om Namah Shivaya, Shivaya Namah Om”
3. Avoid Footwear
This is the most important and foremost rule that you should follow. Never wear any kind of Footwear during Girivalam. Remember you are not going around a temple but climbing around on Lord Shiva himself.
4. See Arunachala Peak
Through out the Girivalam keep an eye on the Arunachala Peak, if possible before every step you keep to seek His blessings. Looking at the peak will also give you the energy to keep your next step.
5. Feed Animals
Try to buy some ‘Pori’ and ‘Biscuits’ for the monkeys and dogs on the path and feed them.
6. Carry Necessary Food
Buy enough water and some little eatables to eat and drink while you walk.
Note: Remember you are performing the holy Girivalam not as a pleasure trip but to seek blessings from Lord Arunachaleshwarar so avoid playing around, respect the Siddhars and Sadhus you cross don’t make unwanted comments on them.
“Even the powerless will become powerful and conquer, if they select a proper field (of action), and guard themselves, while they make war on their enemies.” – Thirukural
As this Couplet says, it is the field that decides one’s victory so is the Place you live which decides your future and true success. When you hear the place ‘Thiruvannamalai’ the thing that pops up in your mind is a land full of noble men roaming in and around the hill seeking peace and benevolence. But one question that keeps haunting everyone of us is why they choose ‘Thiruvannamalai’ ?
It is very simple, Thiruvannamalai is not just a Hill with a Temple but God himself. But is it as simple as this phrase to understand it? No is the answer.
Why Thiruvannamalai is a very deep question with very deep answers. Great human beings like Bhagwan Ramanar and Bhagwan Yogi Ram Surathkumar chose to live in Tiruvannamalai not just to seek God but to find their inner self. They believed that it is our Inner Self which is the God. Seeking to know our own self or inner self is not an easy thing. You must forget all your worldly chaos and start being in peace and serenity and both you get here at Tiruvannamalai.
Lord Shiva made this land a land of Pure Water, Pure Air and Pure Peace one who seeks to live in peace and happiness starts his voyage towards the land of Tiruvannamalai. Many millionaires from all around the world throng towards Tiruvannamalai to find their piece of land and settle here seeking peace.
Find your Land in Tiruvannamalai and start seeking the God in you.
“Happiness is your nature, It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is, seeking it outside when it is inside” – Bhagwan Ramana Maharishi
There comes a Monday after every Sunday and there comes a Night after every Morning and that is nature and it could never be changed, then what is new with a New Year…? New Year marks a new beginning of a story of yourself and a tale of success and failure and a moment to rejuvenate yourselves. As Bhagwan Ramanar says when Happiness is always inside why go in search of it outside.
Every New Year brings us a whole lot of worldly dreams that we desire to fulfill all the 365 days and through the course of time we win in some and loose in some, but we forget to dream about our inner-self. Bhagwan Ramanar always wanted us to aim for a greater joy that is available all over nature, like the holy land of Tiruvannamalai where he chose to seek his peace and later he settled down.
This new year let us all take a pledge to set aside seeking just our worldly dreams and start seeking more inner-peace that will take us to the heaven in a holy way. The ways and means are a bit simple try to find a piece of land in a peaceful atmosphere just like Bhagwan chose Thiruvannamalai settle down start seeking the blessings of the lord himself. Thiruvannamalai is one such place where you are not beside God but just living beneath him. We wish you all a Happy, Glorious and Peaceful New Year.
Bhagawan Ramanar was not just a saint but a God for all, this may surprise many but the following incident as narrated by Mrs.Taleyarkhan a Parsi devotee will make it evident.
“Maharshi led an absolutely simple life and from a very young age lived in the hills of the Arunachala. In course of time Arunachala became an internationally famous pilgrim center,attracting devotees from all parts of the world..
Maharshi seemed to have had a very soft corner for all the animals. Among the several animals that have inhabited the holy Arunachala hills, the Monkeys were the most frequent visitors to Maharshi’s ashram (hermitage).. When Bhagwan was in the Virupaksha cave,an adult male Monkey badly mauled a little Monkey..
When it fell down motionless, the attacker left it for dead. After a while, the little Monkey has gained it’s senses and limped slowly to Maharshi’s ashram probably for protection..Bhagwan took pity on the hapless creature; dressed it’s wounds; and nourished it back to health..
Bhagwan then named the little one “Nondi” and asked,”when you become the king of your tribe, will you ever forget me..”..The monkey, who seemed to have understood the words of Bhagwan, shook his head as though he will not forget Bhagwan when he became a king..
Nondi,the monkey then went back to his home and in due course of time became the king of all the other monkeys in the hills.. As promised,Nondi visited Bhagwan one day with his queen and the retinue and enjoyed the hospitality of Maharshi..
Bhagwan too blessed the Monkey and it’s family..All the monkeys prostrated before the holy Lotus feet of Bhagwan and left for the jungle..” Mrs.Taleyarkhan concluded..
‘Happiness is your Nature, it is not wrong to Desire it’ – Bhagwan Sri Ramanar
Bhagwan Sri Ramana Maharishi is one of very few Legends who never travelled but has followers from all over the world. The first question that arises in our mind after hearing this is ‘How is it possible?’. It is very simple Bhagwan Ramanar wanted everyone to be Happy and lead a happy life, he never imposed any rule for his followers.
He simply told people to find their inner self which he considered God. He told the world to search God within and he said only in Happiness we can find God. When the whole world was turning topsy turvy in search of God, bhagwan simply said God is with in you, be happy do good, stay calm you will find or you will realise the God within you.
When many advised to throw everything of one’s worldly pleasures Ramanar was the only person who told it is not necessary for one to disown his happiness to find God or divinity. This simple yet great philosophy brought thousands to the divine land of Tiruvannamalai.
Tiruvannamalai is a land of serenity and peace where you will find the God within you just like Ramanar.
Thiruvannamalai all along these years have been the land of divinity and peace. The mountain is sacred by itself as it is considered as Lord Shiva. No where on this earth a whole mountain is considered sacred. Many Hindu temples from Kailash to Sabarimala are considered sacred only because God’s abode is on their top but the Hill of Thiruvannamalai is itself a Linga form of Lord Shiva.
But is that all that brings people to Thiruvannamalai, no certainly not. Thiruvannamalai is a region full of beautiful forest and calm atmosphere. Coming to Thiruvannamalai gives tranquility to oneself. The place make you think more about God. The peace-fullness adorns you to think more about your Inner-self like no other place.
The Pure air lushing through the natural herbs becomes the natural medicine and that’s an important reason for many Sadhus and Siddhars to come settle in Thiruvannamalai.
What is Divinity
The world has been here for Zillions of years, every Living organism since then has always been longing for a state of sanctity and divinity. Divinity comes with Peace when you sit alone in a calm place with your eyes closed your mind rewinds all the past happenings clearing all the worldly affairs. When you wake up you feel fresh as you have cleared all the scrap and that is the power of Silence and Thiruvannamalai gives you that Peace.
It’s now time for you to reach Thiruvannamalai, find your place stay calm and experience the tranquility and divinity within. Remember living in Thiruvannamalai is living with God himself.
Thiruvannamalai the Land of Lord Shiva is revered as a place of Salvation people. No where on earth a whole Mountain or Hill or a Town is considered as God himself, Yes the Thiruvannamalai Hill is itself a Linga and living there is nothing but living next to God.
People from all around the world throng the town on the Full Moon day of every month to climb round the holy hill which is called Girivalam. Giri meaning Mountain and Valam meaning going around. This is nothing but going around Lord Shiva himself and praying to him directly for Moksha.
Moksha is a state of mind where every Human being surrenders himself to God washing away all his sins, and performing Girivalam at Thiruvannamalai is nothing but surrendering yourself to Lord Shiva himself washing away all your worldly sins on his feet.
Thiruvannamalai has many reasons to live, and that is why Sidhars and Sadhus still live on the foothills thinking of God and only God. If you don’t believe this pay a visit to Thiruvannamalai on any day to spot great saints there. If just being in Thiruvannamalai for one day a month gives you Moksha think about living your life there…? And that’s the reason why people rush to Thiruvannamalai to find a home to lead their life.
Living in Thiruvannamalai will give you positive vibes taking you near God every single breath and thus prevent you from even thinking wrong. The Land itself gives you a Positive Aura that surrounds your lifeline and gives you the Moksha that people of the outer world long for.
Navaratri is one of the most sacred and divine 9 days in Hindu Religion. Nava refers to 9 and Ratri refers to Night. It is celebrated across the country with different rituals according to their culture and Geography. All the 9 days f Navaratri are celebrated in a grand manner at the Lord Arunachaleshwarar temple of Tiruvannamalai.
History of Navaratri
In Tamil Nadu, the first three days of the festival are dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, the next three days to Durga, and the last three days to Saraswati. Figurines or traditional dolls called Kolu or Golu are arranged at homes, shops and temples. Kolu consists of a makeshift staircase on which the dolls, which have been passed on from many generations, kept. They depict particular themes like environment, space, mythology etc.
Navartri in Tiruvannamalai
On all the Nine days Godessed Parasakthi is worshiped in 9 Different attires. Godess Parasakthi is worshiped in the form of Mahishsuramarthini on the 9th day of the festival on which she is said to have killed Mahishasuran the Asura king.
The last day of Navratri is considered as most sacred to start new ventures, people on the Day start new business, works and join new courses with the divine blessings.
This single quote of Bhagwan Sri Ramana Maharish teaches us the soul of being on this earth. Silence gives you the answer to many questions that dwell within your conscience. Ramanar sought to settle down on the divine hills of Tiruvannamalai to embark the silence.
Thiruvannamalai a Hill clad with calmness gives room for you to sit in Silence and converse within you, debate your right and wrong doings and attain the state when you understand yourself within. Understanding your inner-self eliminates the worldly desires out of you emancipating the quality of life you were living.
Being contagious for the world is always the result of not understanding your inner-self, once you understand what and who you are, you will have nothing to fight for in this world than to attain peace. Thiruvannamalai gives you the tranquility to immerse in pease. On the holy feet of Lord Arunachaleshwarar you find peace as Bhagwan Sri Ramanar found.
When we hear people settling down at very small hill town of Thiruvannamalai in Tamilnadu it may sound a bit weird. But its not just settling down in another town but living beneath the God himself. Thiruvannamalai hill is as such the Adhi Linga the Fire of Lord Shiva himself. Thiruvannamalai is much greater than just a town.
It was Lord Shiva who himself appeared as a huge ball of Fire lighting up the world which went into darkness and he remained there as Lord Arunachaleshwarar. People during the Pournami Day (Full Moon Day) walk bare footed all along the mountain praying to Shiva Himself which is called Giri Valam.
All along the Girivalm path we will find great Sadhus and Sithars who come from all around the world leaving back their worldly pleasures seeking the blessings of Lord Arunachaleshwarar. Great saitns like Bhagwan Sri Ramana Maharishi to Yogi Ramsurathkumar have settled down at Thiruvannamalai to attain the godly peace.