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.