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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Bhagvan Sri Ramana Mahirishi – The Champion of Equality from Thiruvannamalai the land of Unity & peace.

Today the world is facing one of Mankind’s largest and worst ever turmoil in the name of the Coronavirus. This disaster is spread all along the world without any differences. The Many world is paralysed but the heavenly earth keeps spinning, Trees are Happy, Animals are Happy, Its raining as usual, we get to see the mountains far away and our air seems to be clear.

This has a big lesson to us. Major Chadwick an American disciple of Bhagavan once asked him ‘Do you have disciples?’ Bhagavan swiftly answered No, he further asked ‘You say we need a Guru to attain Liberation?” Bhagavan answered Yes. Both the questions and the answers seemed very contrary to one another, confused Chadwick asked Bhagvan Shri Ramana Maharishi ‘I am Confused’ Bhagavan explained him ‘What do you think brought you here such a long distance and made you remain so long? Why do you doubt? If there had been any need to seek a Guru elsewhere you would have gone away long ago.’

This answer opens up a huge ocean of philosophy, Bhagavan always said ‘Don’t search your master outside, but search within’ and that’s what Thiruvannamalai is all about. Thiruvannamalai is a Land where people realize their self, the calmness on these mountains tells every human who he is and his purpose of life.

Man was born to lead a life of equality and search himself within him, Ramana Maharishi always advocated equality in every sense, he never differentiated between his deciles, he never saw their status, colour, religion, caste or creed. Bhagavan Ramana Mahirishi lived an example for Equality.

When we see things happening around the world today we miss Bhagavan to the fullest. People who frequent to Thiruvannamalai will know the true sense of Unity and equality on every step we keep on the Girivalam path. In Thiruvannamalai everyone searches for their inner selves at the feet of Lord Arunachaleshwarar. You may find people sitting all over forgetting their Rich, Power, every worldly affair they poses.

We wish this Evil will go away soon and People come to Thiruvannamalai in search of Peace.

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