The Beauty of the Land of Arunachala!

Om SathGuru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

Sage Gautama talks about the Beauty of the Land of Arunachala!

Sage Gautama, then said:

By the grace of Hara and Gowri, “I am now going to describe the Effulgent Glory of Arunachala.”

A billion tongues cannot delineate fully how the formless, Supreme Being, out of compassion, took this holy form of the Hill of Arunachala (Annamalai).

Lord Arunagiri is capable of removing all the sins of those who merely see HIM and of fulfilling all the desires of those who worship HIM.

HE is capable of granting Liberation even to those who merely utter the name ‘Arunachala!’ Yogis meditate upon Him and attain union with Shiva. Offerings, sacrifices, and japa made in its vicinity yield immeasurable results.

Gautama continued: “Gowri! This abode, the primal one, is known as the Abode Supreme and is sacred,, par excellence. One good deed done here multiplies itself manifold, therefore, Do Thou conduct ardent penance here. Thy Lord will then surely come on HIS Bull-Mount and re-absorb you as HIS left HALF.

Even Vishnu, Brahma, the Vasus, Indra, and a host of Munis had in days bygone, made their dwelling here and completed the penances of solitude. The place is right and the time, auspicious. Thy penance is thus assured of success.

The sage Gautama said, “This holy place is ideally wooded for a radius of two Yojanas and teems with life-giving streams. The distraction of crowds of Gods and Siddhas that frequent this Hill for worship has made me take in the thick but secluded forest of this spur. Therefore do you choose a spot nearby?”

(The Purana indicates clearly that Gautama’s Ashrama was at Pavazha Kundru (Pearl Hill) to the east and that Parvathi did Tapas near his ashram. This is also consistent with later events; She kills the demon and cleanses HERSELF at the Khadga Tirtha which lies near the spur (Khadga Tirtha -Durgai Amman Temple -Thiruvannamalai).

August 2020

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