Monday, 15 December 2014

THIRUVANNAMALAI - SRI ARUNACHALESWARA GIRIVALAM

15,December 2014
It was a long wish to do Girivalam on day time and enjoy the beauty of the hill and visit some of the caves where Sri Ramana maharishi had done meditation. This came to true on 13th December 2014. The details and experiences of the temple and Sri Ramana Maharishi’s caves visit were written in separate posts. After reaching Thiruvannamalai kept my back bag in the cloak room and tried to get the blessing of  Lord Sri Aunachaleswarar before Girivalam. Since the crowd was too large, planned to do the Girivalam first. Started from the temple at 12.30 Hrs and returned back to the temple by 17.30 Hrs. It took 5 Hrs to do the Girivalam. As per the saints and siddhars we should walk like pregnant ladies.  Sri Ramana maharishi took more days for making one round and staying on the girivalam route during night.    

The Girivalam of Thiruvannamalai Sri Arunachaleswarar is in the form of hill is an unique. There are many herbs on the hill, the breeze that blows over them is good our body. Hence it is advised to go around the hills with bare body.  Also early morning 05.00 AM  or evening 05.00 PM are said to be the ideal times for circumambulation of the hill and the same is called as  GIRIVALAM. Also it is believed that Siddhars and great souls  go around the hill, they may not be visible to the human eyes.  It is advised to circumambulate on the left side of the road with out making any noise, except chanting of “ OM Namasivaya “. It is also believed that when we do the Girivalam siddhars blesses us.  One thing is sure that without Sri Arnachaleswarar’s grace  we cannot do the Girivalam. I am proud that I am also one of the blessed soul to do this girivalam with bare foot ( It is believed that the stones on the path are Shiva Lingams and there are lot of Shiva Lingams in the earth ).

On the Girivalam route apart from Ashta Dik Shivalingams there are Pancha bootha Nandhis are installed. It is believed that the Dharshan of Sri Arunachaleswara Hill through the horns of Nandhis is good for us. The Hill changes its shape  through out the girivalam route. When I did the Girivalam I am not able to see the clear view of the hills due to smoke came out of the Deepam, rain and black rain clouds.
     Sri Arnachaleswarar Temple view from Sri Kandashram
The details and experience of my Girivalam are as follows.

GIRI VALAM  MAP
INDIRA LINGAM
After praying Lord Sri Arnuchaleswara from the east Rajagoupram started my Girivalam towards Indira lingam. The sannadhi is in the bazaar, between shops. Some people says we have to start Girivalam from Brahma Lingam and   through South Rajagopuram proceed to Indira Lingam and finish at Sri Bootha Narayana Perumal sanndhi. And some people say we should start from Irattai Pillayar and finish at the same place.
 Entrance to the sannadhi from main road 
Indira Lingam Sannadhi 
From Indira Lingam reached the junction of South Rajagopuram road took the right side path at the signal on the Chengam Road. The view of the Hill from South rajagopuram is called as Eka Munikal Koombu Muka Dharshan. 
AGNI LINGAM

After crossing Simha Theertahm and  Karpaga Vinayagar Temple, comes the Agni lingam on the right side of the main road. There is an arch which guides us to the sannadhi. The sannadhi is in between the houses. The sannadhi is very small with out gopuram or arches.
Agni Linga Sannadhi
The view of the hills is not clear due to smoke comes out of the Deepam, rain and black rain clouds.
On the right of main road Indira Theertham with Indira mandapam. The view of the hill is called as Thejo Mukha Linga Dharshan.

Then comes Sri Sheshadri and Sri  Ramana Maharishi ashrams. From Sri Ramana maharishi’s Ashram the hill dharshan  is called as Eru Pancha Muka Dharshan. Near Ramanashram, there is an ashram and from there the hill dharshan is called as Dida Muka Dharshan.
 Sri Sheshadri Ashram
 Sri Ramana maharishi Ashram 
Dida Muka Dharshan

When we proceed further There is a mandapam built on a rock and dharshan from there is called as Bringi Muni Mayana Dharshan. The next one is the Prithivi nandhi and this is the first of Pancha Bootha nandhi. The Dharshan through the horns of nandhi is called as Prithvi bangaaru Muka Dharshan.
 SIMMA THEERTHAM
One of the theertam without water and maintenance
YAMA LINGAM
This is the 3rd of the Ashta Dik Lingams.
Yema Lingam
Yema lingam Sannadhi
Appu nandhi diety is in a small mandapam. This is the second of Panchabootha Nandi. The dharshan through the horns of this nandhi is called as Mitra Chaaru Dharshan. This dharshan gives us strength to retrieve the lost money, property, etc,.
Maha nandhi Mandapam
An old kal mandapam 
Iyaswareswarar Temple 


One of the theertha pond with a sudhai nandhi
Vinayagar Temple in front of Sudhai nandhi 
NIRUTHI LINGAM
This is the 4th of the Ashta Dik Lingams.
Niruthi Lingam Sannadhi
Niruthi Lingam Sannadhi 
Then comes Sri Sheshadri and Sri  Ramana Maharishi ashrams. From Sri Ramana maharishi’s Ashram the hill dharshan  is called as Eru Pancha Muka Dharshan. Near Ramanashram, there is an ashram and from there the hill dharshan is called as Dida Muka Dharshan.

After crossing Simha Theertahm and  Karpaga Vinayagar Temple, comes the Agni lingam on the right side of the main road. There is an arch which guides us to the sannadhi. The sannadhi is in between the houses. The sannadhi is very small with out gopuram or arches.

Next is the Siva Raja Singa Theertham. On the banks is a nandhi deity. After this the route becomes shrubbery  on the right side and obstructs the view of the hill. This shrubbery is called as Kaama Kadu, ie the forest of desire.


The Theyu nandhi is the third of the Pancha Bootha Nandhi. The dharshan through the horns of the nandhi is called as Chathur Muka Dharshan.  Lord Brahma attains the proficiency of the Vedhas after having this dharshan.

On the left comes the Gayathiri Dharshan. We may get the grace of Mother Gayathri, Lakshmi and Saraswathi by worship. Next is the Sakthi Siva Dharshan. This dharshan gives the solace to King Nala and his wife Dhamayanthi to reunite with their kids.
 Vallalar sannadhi

Partial Arunachaleswara vision with shrubbery ( Kaama Kadu )
 Palani Andavar Thirukoil 
 Sri Rajarajeswari Thirukoil
 abandened theerthakulam
Sri  Adimudi Siddhar Jeeva Samadhi
Inside view of Sri Adi mudi siddhar jeeva samadhi
SOORYA LINGAM.
 Soorya Lingam 
Inside mandapam sannadhi 
VARUNA LINGAM.
This is the 5th of the eight Ashta Dik Lingams on the Girivalam route.
 Varuna Lingam sannadhi
Varuna Lingam 
Next on the left Sri Unnamulai mandapam & Unnamulai Amman with Theertham pond. Mother Unnamulai Amman had done many years severe penance at this place. The dharshan from this mandapam is called the Somaskand Dharshan.
Sri Unnamulai Amman sannadhi
ADI ARUNACHALA.
The dharshan from here is  called as Siva Yoga Muka  Dharshan. Thirumoolar had also had the dharshan from here.

The 5 tier Rajagopuram
Manikkavasakar mandapam and his temple is near Adi Arunachaleswarar. The Thiruvasaka Pathikam Thiruvenpaavai was sung from this place.
 Manikkavasakar Sannadhi 
 Manikkavasakar sannadhi 
Sri Arunachala  dharshan 
VAAYU LINGAM
This is the 6th of eight Ashta Dik Lingams. The dharshan from here is called as Kanda Neeru Muka Dharshan. This will cure the problems related to Vaayu. 
Vayu Lingam Sannadhi ( see the entrance opposite  to moolavar - so small )
Next is a small nandhi. The dharshan through the horns of the nandhi is known as Janma saabalya Muka Dharshan. This offers the salvation from the curses received in many births. 

Abaya Mandapam. The dharshan  from here is called as Dasa Muka Dharshan. Raavanan got rid of the problems due to the sins through this dharshan.
Nama Shivaya Ashram
CHANDRA LINGAM
Chandra Lingam Sannadhi
Sri la Sri  Lobha Matha Agasthiyar Ashram. This was established by GurunMangala Gandharva Venkatraman, the 1001st teacher in the Agasthiyar divine teacher lineage. The dharshan  from here is called as the Siva and Sakthi Aikiya Sivaroopa Dharshan. In this Siva and Sakthi are in perfect alignment. This dharshan helps marriage to the unmarried persons.
Sri La Sri Loba Matha Agasthiyar Ashram 
Then comes the Adhikara nandhi shrine.
KUBERA LINGAM
This is the 7th of eight Ashta Dik Lingams. Mother Lakshmi worshiped herself here.
Sri Kubera lingam
IDDUKKU PILLAYAR.
This shrine will remove karmas of millions of births. People used to come through the gap. It is believed   that this will remove the fear of death. Also it signifies that how we came to this world through our mother's womb.  This is very much similar to the Yema dwar  in Kailash Parikrama route starting point
Iddukku Pillayar Sannaddhi
Then comes the Pancha muka dharshan. This dharshan will blesses devotees  to enhance their carrier development.
Pancha Muka Dharshan  ( Smoke covered two peaks at the Centre hill is from Deepam )
Then comes the dharshan of Kona Linga Muka dharshan while we are passing the cemetery. The souls does not want anything except Lord Shiva will have this dharshan.
Kona Linga Muka Dharshan  before cemetery 
EESANYA LINGAM.

This is the 8th of eight of Ashta Dik Lingams.
Eesaanya lingam
Eesaanya lingam sannadhi
Next is the Mother Durga Temple.The dharshan from here on the full moon day is called as Arunachala Maya Kuzhi Vadu Linga Muka Dharshan. This will removes the maya arises due to desire.
Then comes the Pavazha Kundru Dharshan in Arunachala or Palani Murugan Dharshan.

Arunachala Pasupathi Dharshan, Irattai Pillayar and Sri Bootha Narayan Temple is on  the way to East Rajagopuram, which  is the end point of our Girivalam. Bootha Narayan Perumal and Irattai Pillayar temples are very near.  
 Irattai Pilayar Sannadhi 
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--- OM SHIVAYA NAMA  ---

1 comment:

  1. Namaskaram and thanks for such a detailed description of everything. I know nothing about these things. Thanks again for posting this. Hope one day I will be blessed to visit this sacred place and spend some days there.

    pranam

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