The Great Deepam Festival at Arunachala
Every minute that we spend in the Arunachala punya boomi (holy land) is special. Why, every minute that we think of Arunachala is special. But are there specific time periods which are even more special? Yes, say the Siddhas.
The Pournami full moon days of each month and the Karthigai Deepam day each year are particularly important.
Why? Because the Pournami day marks the the apex of spirituality in each month and the Karthigai Deepam day commemorates the appearance of the Lord as a jothi sthambam, an infinite pillar of light at Arunachala. Thus these days are particularly significant.
While we must perform giri valam and good deeds every day at Arunachala, the Pournami days and the Karthigai Deepam day are particularly important.
In fact, a period of ten days to a fortnight that make up the Karthigai Deepam festival at Arunachala is important. This period starts on the day the temple flag is unfurled on the dhvaja sthambam (flag pole) in the Arunachala temple and lasts until the day the deepa jothi flame at the peak of the Arunachala Hill is cooled down. This time period is the very very sacred; it's most ideal for girivalam, worship of Arunachala and for rendering selfless service to the poor and the needy in Arunachala's name.
The Deepam Day at Arunachala
Other articles in this issue of AUMzine discuss Arunachala and girivalam in greater depth. And more are forthcoming! Don't miss them!