17. The Holy Arunachala

Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae


THE HOLY ARUNACHALA


“Lalaade thraipundree nidilakrutha kasthuri thilaah

Spuran maaladharah spuridhagadi kaupeena Vasanah

Thathaano dusthaaram sirasipaniraajam sasikalaam

Pradeepassarveshaam Arunagiri yogi Vijayathe”

(– Shri Vyasa, Skandapuranam)


This Yogiswara, – Thiruvannamalai, stands as the source of illumination to all the different worlds…”

Shri Vyasa muni (Sage Vyasa) composed the above verse as an auspicious start to the Skandapurana. The sages consider that one can attain liberation (Mukthi) by repeating the above mantra!


After witnessing the illumination on the Holy Hill, in the Tamil month of Karthikai (Nov15th to Dec15th – on the day when moon is in the constellation of the star, Bharani), Uma (Parvathi, the consort of Lord Shiva), prays to Iswara:

“Varunaathisurarchyaya karunathithya varchase!

Arunachalanathaya Karunamurthaye Namah!

Uttering this mantra while witnessing Karthikai Deepam, we may also attain Moksha.

“Arunagiri Yogi Vijayathe” means:

I have seen a new thing. There is a magnetic mountain, which attracts all beings. The moment one thinks of it, it controls (decimates) the actions of all beings who think of it and attracts them towards itself. Not only does it attract one to itself but makes them motionless. How wondrous is the power of this magnetic mountain, which takes many sacrifices!”


Oh Jeevas!

Attain liberation by realising the nature of ARUNAGIRI!

( Shri Ramana Maharshi, as he describes in his “Arunachala Purana”)

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