18, December 2014.After collecting the details of Sri Arunachala temple on 14th December 2014 During my Sri Arunachaleswra temple visit, thought of visiting a temple on the hill and take the photograph of the temple from the hill temple. Initially I do not know I am proceeding towards the Caves which are associated with Bhagavan Sri Ramana maharishi. When I enquired the locals about the temple they guided me to go up. It was scary, since I trekked the hill alone. There was no body in the front or back. After climbing half the distance near Mamara cave found, two visitors are climbing down.
MAAMARA CAVE ( MANGO TREE CAVE )
This cave is situated before Virupaksha cave. Once there was big mango tree near the cave which has fallen down and there is no mango tree now. There is a Shiva shrine called Sri Mahaeswarar and Sri Kasi Annapoorani shrine. Inside the cave we have to kneeled down and go. Bhagavan Ramana maharishi stayed for a while in this cave.
Sri Mahaeswarar Sanndhi at maamara cave
Sri Kasi Annapoorani Amman sannadhi through which we have to go in to the cave
The I trekked further and reached Mulaipaal Theertam, where the water from the hill is collected in the pond and well. There is sign board not to take bath and wash the clothes. But the locals did not mind. Above the theertham there is an ashram called Sri Annamalaisamy Sri Guru Ram Yogi Lahari with a amman temple. One the way plastic bags were strewn on the side of the path ( Spoiling the nature ).
Mulai Paal Theertham
Sri Annamalaiswamykal ashram
The trek stretches like hanuman’s tail. Finally reached Virupaksha cave with ASI caution board. The cave is under the control of Archeological Survey of India ( ASI ) and maintained by Sri Ramanashram. Sri Ramana Maharishi’s disciples visits throughout the year from foreign countries too. The cave is like “OM”. Sri Ramana maharishi stayed in this cave from 1899 to 1916. It is believed that Sage Virupaksha’s jeeva Samadhi is in this cave. When I went inside the cave absolutely there was no sound and very very dark. Only one oil lamp was burning at the centre. I could not see any thing. Sat for a while and meditated. When my eyes got accustomed to the dark, I could see lot of people sitting in two tiers and meditating. Really it was a wonderful experience.
I trekked further. There was a long steep stretch. At the end of the stretch there is a falls and a pool of water. After crossing the falls the trek became easier.
Path leading to Skandashram
A long snake was playing the pool of water and must be at least 8 feet length. On seeing me the snake ran in to the forest. While climbing down also I had seen the same snake playing in the pool of water. ( The snake can be seen like a stick in the water )
The Skandashram is also controlled by ASI and maintained by Sri Ramanashram. The cave is not big as Virupaksha cave. There are three rooms for meditation adjoining the cave. Meditated for a while and enjoyed the beauty of the ashram, plants, trees and hill. I could notice there are lot of foreigners visiting this cave also. They become the ardent disciples of Bhagavan Sri Ramana maharishi. Sri Ramana maharishi lived in the cave between 1916 to 1922 with his mother. After his mother attained mukthi he stayed in the base ashram itself. Here only he found out “who am I”
Water will fall on Shiva lingam during rain
On the way to back to Sri Arunachaleswara I found out this panoramic view of the temple. I clicked Sri Arunachaleswara Temple view. It was completely overcast throughout the day, I could not take clear picture.
It was said that once the mahadeepam is placed on the 10th day it will continue to burn. If the same gets off within short period some bad things will happen. But this is not correct. These 4 people carries the gee and wick to light up the maha deepam every day evening by 18.00 Hrs for 11 days after the mahadeeppam festival
--- OM SHIVAYA NAMA ---