Lord Arunachala appears as a Column of Effulgence!

    Om SathGuru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

Lord Arunachala appears as a Column of Effulgence!

The Mother of the world then prayed, “Vishwaroopa! God in the form of Sonadri! Sonachala! Arunachala! Effulgent One! Linga in the form of a Hill! Remove all sins! Obeisance to THEE.”

When the Goddess stood praying thus, Arunadri manifested HIMSELF as an Effulgent Column blazing in all directions. HE appeared as a Supreme Effulgence resembling the rising of crores of suns, or moons or world consuming fires!

While the Goddess stood overcome with joy, the Lord of Arunagiri rose out of the Effulgence in a golden form with a bluish throat (SHIVA) and said:

“I am pleased with YOU, for YOU have performed penance and austerities at the place specified by ME. YOU have not incurred any sin by the act of killing Mahishasura. Moreover, as YOU looked at Sonachala, YOU have expiated all YOUR sins.

YOU engaged a foster-mother to suckle YOUR SON. And, instead of being with HIM, YOU were here as UNNAMULAI, (Tamil; Apithakuchambal – Sanskrit) – Mother of unsuckled breasts)..”

When Shiva spoke these words, Ambika bowed to HIM and prayed:

“Deva of Devas! Every year on this Kritika day of the full-moon of Karthika month (Nov-Dec) pray, reveal that divine form which was devoutly worshipped by ME and the Devas on this auspicious day so that all may be protected from adversity.”

Lord Shiva revealed: “SO BE IT!”

The Goddess Gowri then went round the Hill along with HER companions. SHE gave spiritual instruction to the divine Rishis.

BRAHMA said:

“Sambhu HIMSELF, with GOWRI shines as Arunachala. Those who have darshan of it or meditate upon it, attain liberation. All kinds of wealth accrue to those who hear of the glory of Holy Arunachala. Those who remember Arunachala will become pure in mind. They shall be absolved of their karma….

A mere darshan of Arunachala will grant the benefit of bathing in all the Holy Tirthas and performing all Yagnas and Yogas. He will obtain the Grace of Sadasiva. Among the various places on earth which are sacred to Shiva, it is only at this place that Sambhu fell in love with HIS own majestic and magnificent form.”

The different Tirthas in Arunachala

Om SathGuru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

The different Tirthas in Arunachala

Gowri enquired about the true origin of the Tirthas.

She asked: “Which of the Tirthas here are invisible and which are visible?”

Gautama continued: The Indra Tirtha is situated in the east. Indra got rid of the sin of killing a Brahmin by bathing in it. The Brahma Tirtha is situated in the quarter of Agni (South east). Agni’s sin of seducing the wives of others was removed by bathing in it. On the south is the Yama Tirtha; Yama was saved from the fear of Brahmastra by bathing in it. On the southwest is the Nairta (Niruthi) Tirtha; the rishis conquered the bhutas and vetals by bathing in it. On the west is Varuna Tirtha; Varuna obtained an ever full quiver by bathing in it. On the Northwest is the Vayu Tirtha; Vayu attained the power of becoming the life-breathe of the world by bathing in it. On the North is the Sona Tirtha; Chandra was cured of consumption by bathing in it. On the Northeast is the Isanya Tirtha; Vishnu attained Goddess Mahalakshmi for wife by bathing in it.

In the days of yore, Markandeya bowed down to Isvara and prayed: O Sambho! Mahadeva! Lord of the universe! You must tell me the means of bringing together at this place all the various Tirthas.

Lord Shiva said: All the Tirthas abide unseen in MY presence at the time of MY worship and adore ME. You need not go anywhere seeking Tirthas. At that time of MY worship all the Tirthas come together to this place. Therefore devotees, all sages and Devas may see the congregation of all Tirthas here immediately after naivedya is offered to ME.

Gautama continued: Parvathi! In olden days Shiva described to Markandeya the means of seeing all the Tirthas. All the sacred Tirthas are visible in front of Shiva at the time of worship. On hearing the words of Sage Gautama, Gowri was pleased and said: the goal of MY life has been attained by ME. By duly learning from you the means of worshiping the wonderful Tirthas on earth. Shiva HIMSELF has commanded ME to do penance at Arunachala (Annamalai).

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).

May 2020

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