Tiruvannamalai the abode of Nature

The whole world is experiencing a trauma that the 21st Century has never see, our forefathers who were the witness of great plagues and other deadly pandemics are no more, but their stories remain. The only thing we missed is reading them out and saving ourselves from from the disasters that await. Our distancing from Nature is also a route cause for all the herculean blunders we commit.

Distancing from Nature

Humans have started going away from natures, what should have been natural have become man made. Forests are now being made on the rooftops thinking of getting into a better living, humans have started to plant trees to safeguard nature forgetting that it is Nature that is safeguarding us.

Choose Tiruvannamalai

In this difficult times what every Human being out there has realized is a peaceful life. Peaceful life doesn’t mean living inside a closed room, but living with nature. Tiruvannamalai is where one can find the real peace. The natural forest  adorning the Annamalaiyar hill gives the much needed peace. Living in Tiruvannamalai is living with nature.

Tiruvannamalai is filled with all natural flora and fauna that remains untouched by humans. Great saints from Bhagwan Sri Ramanar to Yogi Ram Surathkumar to many more choose Tiruvannamalai for their Moksha because of the natural divinity that’s spread all over.

Staying here at Tiruvannamalai gives you a inner peace that relives you from all the mental agony any the trauma that’s surrounding you. Coming to Tiruvannamalai is nothing short of coming back to nature.

Do not waste your time, find your piece of Land at Tiruvannamalai.

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Things to follow during Girivalam

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.

Girivalam Route

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

“Arunachala Shiva, Arunachala Shiva, Arunachala Shiva, Aruna Shiva
Akshaya Linga Atma Linga
Tejonmaya Vigraha Linga
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.

‘Wining you a Hold & Divine Girivalam’

 

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Tiruvannamalai is not Hill but a Deity by itself

There are many sacred mountains around the World and especially in Hinduism where the Deity is always at the top of the mountain, for instance take Tirupati where Lord Venkateshwara is on the top of the Holy Mountain but in Tiruvannamalai the Temple of Lord Arunachaleshwarar is on the Foot of the Mountain. In Tiruvannamalai the Sacred Mountain is itself the Sanctum Sanatorium.

In Thiruvannmalai Lord Shiva is worshipped by climbing his Holy Mountain bare footed and that is called ‘Girivalam’ in Tamil which translates to Giri- Mountain & Valam going around. In Sanskrit it is called as Giripradikshina. Climbing the mountain on a Full moon day is the most sacred event in Thiruvannamalai.

The great Devine Poet Arunagirinathar says ‘Be they of lowly birth, without the advantage of learning, unable to practise the virtue of liberality, it is of no account. Those who perform pradakshina of holy Aruna, the Supreme, submit to his rule and become his devotee, will excel even amongst the most excellent . . .’

The path of Girivalams has lot of small Shrines and Lingas all over, even today Sidhars are believed to live there in the mountains.  On every Pournami Day (Full Moon) lakhs of devotees throng the town of Tiruvannamalai to worship the Aadhi Linga which is the Mountain itself.No where else in the world a whole mass of land is considered holy and worshiped as God.

During the month of Karthigai to commemorate Lord Arunachala the God of Fire, a huge Deepam (Lamp) is lit on top of the Arunachala Hill. On Karthigai Deepam Lord Shiva is said to come to earth spreading light to the already darkened world.

Living in Tiruvannamalai is nothing but living on the feet of God himself to find ourselves that is nothing but finding Arunachala in us. Many great saints such as Bhagawan Sri Ramana Maharishi settled on the foothills just to experience God in him.

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