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Ohm Shree Agasthia Vinayaka Ganeshaya namaha. Ohm Arunachala Shiva, Arunachala Shiva, Arunachala Shiva, Aruna-ShivOhm. Ohm Shiva Shiva Ram Ram Ohm.

Arunachala Siddha Wisdom [This is one of the first articles we wrote for our website back in January 1999. It is based on what Sathguru Venkataraman taught for more than four decades about Arunachala and the countless Arunachala darshans. Condensing all of this wisdom into one little article is impossible. Refer to other articles on Arunachala in our Website, our Ashram monthly magazine and the Sathguru's books on Arunachala for more info.

Sathguru Venkataraman's efforts to convey the importance of Arunachala Girivalam started decades before Arunachala Giri Valam became as popular as it is today amongst the general public. He spoke about Giri Valam in almost all of his hundreds of public lectures including three full length lectures on Arunachala Mahima delivered at the Ramana Kendra in Venus Colony, Alwarpet, Chennai on 16 March 1980, 23 March 1980 and 6 April 1980. He continued this selfless service through his Ashram, his monthly magazine, hundreds of books and numerous discussions on Arunachala. The compassionate Arunachala responded by attracting millions of devotees to Himself. ]

The Authentic Transmission of Arunachala Wisdom...
    from Lord Kuthoohala Nandheeswarar
    to Maha Guru Agasthiar
    to Agasthiar Guru Parampara Lineage Maha-Sathguru Idiyaappa Eesa Siddhar
    to Sathguru Venkatarama Siddhar
    to the world at large.

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Arunachala, The Lord and Master

Maha Guru Sri Agasthiar Sri Arunachala is the Lord and Master of the Universe.

The Arunachala hill is located in the town of Thiru Annamalai, roughly 100 miles southwest of the city of Chennai (also known as Madras) in the south of India.

Sri Agasthiar emphatically states that the Arunachala hill is the concrete form of Sri Arunachala, the Universal Lord. It's that form of God that even our ordinary human eyes can perceive.

Arunachala, the hill and Arunachala, the Lord are non different. How? Because the Arunachala Hill itself is a Siva Lingam. This is foundational spiritual reality communicated to us by Sathguru Venkataraman that has been personally experienced and vouchsafed by all Siddhas.

Arunachala, The Biggest Shiva Lingam in the World

The Arunachala Hill is a Brahmanda Lingam. It is the biggest Siva lingam in the world.

It is the viswaroopa (Universal) form of the Lord. Arunachala is the only holy place where one have the Lord's viswaroopa darshan 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Arunachala, The Spiritual Focal Point

Arunachala is the spiritual focal point of the universe.

Arunachala is the endless spiritual fount that nourishes all beings.

Arunachala is the spiritual cornucopia that embraces all spiritual seekers.

Arunachala is the spiritual magnet that attracts spiritual seekers from all corners of the universe.

Arunachala is the spiritual panacea for everyone, irrespective of race, religion or nationality.

Arunachala, the Quintessential Jyotir Lingam

Arunachala Links Sri Arunachala is the quintessential jothi lingam. Wherever you see a jothi (light/fire/flame), know it to be a part of Arunachala.

The Jews light the minorah. Christians light candles. The Zoroastrians light their sacred fire. The Hindus light their lamp jothi. The Tibetan Buddhists light their butter lamps. All these worship procedures honor God. Thus every religion practices jothi worship, the pinnacle of which is Arunachala Jyoti worship.

Shiva Shakti Aikyam (Union) in Arunachala

Siva Sakthi Aikya Svaroopa Darshan - The Most Holy Arunachala Hill
The Vision of Siva and Sakthi in Perfect Alignment
Arunachala's Siva Sakthi Aikiya Svaroopa Darshan
i.e., Arunachala's Shiva Shakti Union Darshan
This vision of Arunachala can be seen from the Agasthiar Ashram.
These photos were taken by us from the roof of the Agasthiar Ashram.
Shiva Shakti Aikya Svaroopa Darshan - The Most Holy Arunachala Hill

Arunachala, the Fount of Divine Grace and the Multiplier of Spiritual Benefits

The road to divine grace leads to Arunachala.

To get divine grace, seek Arunachala.

The Arunachala hill is so charged with spiritual energy that spiritual benefits get magnified manifold here. Spiritual activities conducted in Arunachala are thousand times more efficacious when compared to other places.

Arunachala is constantly buzzing with millions and millions of Siddhas in their subtle form. These Siddhas bestow countless spiritual blessings on the devotees engaged in spiritual pursuits in Arunachala. Hence the importance of visiting Arunachala and engaging oneself in spiritual activities there. Whether it be charitable works, service to the poor and the needy, meditation on the divine name or singing the divine name, do it in Arunachala and you'll reap untold spiritual benefits which will contribute to your rapid advancement on the spiritual path.

Arunachala, the All Encompassing

Everything in the universe is represented in Arunachala. Thus circling the Arunachala hill is like circling the universe. This is why the Siddhas say that circling the Arunachala hill is the most effective spiritual practice for all beings.

Arunachala Thiru-Annamalai
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Arunachala Girivalam - Circling the Arunachala Hill

Circling the Arunachala hill is referred to as Arunachala giri valam.

The words valam, pradakshina and parikrama all refer to circumambulation of a sacred object or a holy space. Thus Giri Valam, Giri Pradakshina and Giri Parikrama all refer to circumambulating a Giri (hill).

Circling the Arunachala Hill is the best spiritual exercise for all of us. Regular practice of this spiritual exercise is Girivala Yoga, the simplest yet most effective yogic practice known to man.

Even though circling the Arunachala hill takes just three and a half hours, there's no spiritual activity in the universe which is its equal. Every human being, irrespective of race, religion or nationality MUST do it at least once in his or her lifetime. It doesn't matter if you live ten thousand miles away. You must make the trip to Arunachala just to circle the hill. The spiritual benefits of doing so can NOT be described in words, say the Siddhas.

Sri Agasthiar says that if you circle the Arunachala hill but once, you'll destroy the karma of ten million births. No other spiritual exercise has this kind of power.

Why Arunachala is SO SPECIAL

Arunachala Guru Presence Mantra

Arunachala PURE LOVE

Circling the Arunachala Hill.
Arunachala Girivalam - A Short Video

Rules for Circling the Arunachala Hill

If circling the Arunachala hill once can bestow so much spiritual good, imagine circling the hill thousands of times! Those who circle the hill thousands of times are the ones who become Siddhas.

It is absolutely crucial that you circle the Arunachala hill barefoot. The reason is that the very land surrounding the hill is a physical manifestation of Siddha beings and it is a sacrilege to place your shoes on them. So one must circle the hill barefoot. There are no exceptions to this rule. Click here for more Girivalam Rules.

The Ageless Arunachala Wisdom of the Agasthiar Lineage of Siddhas

From time immemorial Sri Agasthiar has been writing the endless saga of Arunachala. And he is still working on it. If the superhuman Agasthiar, the Lord of the Siddhas, has been cataloging the glories of Arunachala for countless aeons, where is the human tongue which can describe the spiritual grandeur of Arunachala? Such a one does not exist. Sri Arunachala is beyond beyond the gamut of human comprehension and calculation. How then can one know Sri Arunachala? Surrender to his Divine Will and He will make Himself comprehensible to you. That's the only way.

Arunachala Girivalam - How fast? Or how slow?

In his lectures, Sathguru Venkataraman used to say: "nirai maadha garbini pol" which means that during GiriValam, one should walk like a woman in her 9th/10th month of pregnancy! Walk that slowly and with every step, look at the peak of the Arunachala Hill.

While it is true that one can circle the Arunachala hill in three and a half hours, the Siddhas take a lot longer.

Sathguru Venkataraman's Siddha teacher took him on pilgrimages to Arunachala many times. This was part of the Siddha's training procedure. During these spiritual excursions, he and his teacher would take one month to circle the Arunachala hill once.

Why so long, one might ask. The correct procedure for circling the Arunachala hill is to take one step, look at the peak of the hill, take the next step and repeat the procedure. Each time you look at the peak, you get a different vision (darshan) of Arunachala and each vision bestows a unique spiritual benefit on you. Sathguru Venkataraman's Siddha teacher would describe each vision (darshan) of Arunachala and the meaning behind it to his sincere student. Such is the education of a Siddha.

Girivalam - An Infinity of Arunachala Darshans

There are an infinity of Arunachala visions (darshans). It's of course no surprise that the infinite Lord sports an infinity of forms. But the spiritual aspirant should realize the vast infinity that's Sri Arunachala and try to see as many of the visions (darshans) that Arunachala grants us. The more visions we see, the more rapid our spiritual progress. But this must not be done with a calculating attitude; rather it should be done with an attitude of loving surrender to the Divine Will. We have made a few of these Arunachala darshans available in the Photo Gallery section of this Website.

There are a lot more details concerning the circling of the Arunachala hill. We will describe these in future issues of AUMzine, our e-magazine.

The Ego Removal Arunachala Maha Mantra

Sri Arunachala readily accepts those devotees who are willing to dissolve their individual egos in His Universality. But how can we do this? The Siddhas say that constant meditation on the Siddha Guru Veda Sooktha Maha Mantra is the ideal way to protect oneself from the snare of the ego. This maha (great) mantra, given to us by Sathguru Venkataraman, is as follows:
Nothing is mine,
Everything is Yours!
O Merciful Lord! Arunachala!

- the ego removal Arunachala Maha Mantra
given by the Arunachala Siddha, Sathguru Venkataraman

edhuvum ennudaiyadhu alla, anaithum unnudaiyadhey!
arulaalaa! arunachala!

[ We had originally translated this mantra as
"Nothing is mine,
Everything is Yours,
O Lord of Grace! Arunachala!"

This translation is equally acceptable too.
The word "arulaalaa" = arul + aalaa.
arul = Divine Grace, Divine Mercy.
aalaa = Ruler, Lord.
Thus arulaalaa = Lord of Grace and also Merciful Lord.

Those who chant or meditate on this great mantra constantly will get the guidance of a true Sathguru and will get to see, know and merge with Lord Arunachala.

The Sathguru had this mantra printed in every issue of his monthly magazine because such is its importance.

The Arunachala Reminder Mantra

This is Sathguru Venkataraman's simple but profound one-liner on Arunachala that is printed in every issue of Sri Agasthia Vijayam as a spiritual reminder to all of us.
To find the path of Divine Grace, seek Arunachala!
"arul vazhi kaana thiru arunachalathai naadu"
Arunachala Reminder Mantra - Arul Vazhi, The Way to Divine Grace...
The Arunachala Reminder Mantra given by Sathguru Venkataraman

Simple Arunachala Mantras

Keep saying "Arunachala Siva, Arunachala Siva, Arunachala Siva" as akhanda nama japa. This is a powerful Arunachala Divine Name Mantra.

Keep saying "Unnamulai Amman Thiru Annamalaiyaarukku Arohara" as akhanda nama japa. This is another powerful Divine Name Mantra of the Universal Mother and Lord Arunachala.

The Agasthiar Siddha Sathguru Lineage

The Proper Channel for Receiving Arunachala Wisdom - From Nandeeswara to Agasthiar, the Agasthiar Guru Lineage and then to us

What we have provided here is a very basic introduction to Arunachala. Click on the links provided above for more information, but keep in mind that Lord Nandiswara has been recounting the greatness of Arunachala to Maha Guru Agasthiar for aeons and He will continue to do so till eternity. For there is no end to Arunachala, His greatness, His compassion and His boundless grace!

This limitless Arunachala wisdom transmitted by Lord Nandiswara to Maha Guru Agasthiar has been communicated to the world at large by Sathguru Venkataraman of the Agasthiar Siddha Sathguru Lineage who received it from his Siddha Sathguru, Sri La Sri Idiyaapa Eesa Siddha.

Sathguru Venkataraman, the founder of the Agasthiar Ashram and the 1001st Siddha Sathguru of the Agasthiar Guru Parampara, has been communicating to the public the greatness of Arunachala and the importance of Arunachala Giri Valam for decades, right from the time he was a boy. He started out by talking to small groups of people; from there to hundreds of public lectures in most of the important temples in the Chennai area; and from there to books and then to his unique, 100% original, 100% spiritual monthly magazine; and now through his websites, and as well. Of course, the numerous one on one converstaions through the decades are an ongoing delight!

In response to the command from his Siddha teacher, Sathguru Venkataraman's annadhaanam (feeding the poor and the homeless) activities at Arunachala started even before he was in his teens! And because of Arunachala's grace, these charitable activities begun by a young lad have continued for decades without a break. For such is Arunachala's compassion to those who are sincere in following the command of the Siddhas. May the whole world experience this bliss of Arunachala that the Sathguru conveyed to us.


Arunachala LINKS

A few of our pages on Arunachala:

Arunachala WISDOM Home Page.

Arunachala GIRIVALAM - The Siddha Way of Circling the Arunachala Hill. Priceless Treasure of the Agasthiar Siddha Sathguru Lineage.

Basic Girivalam RULES of the Siddhas.

The Great KARTHIGAI DEEPAM Festival in Arunachala - Siddha Secrets.

The Great Arunachala Intro Links.

Arunachala Darshan Photo Gallery

Arunachala Girivalam Dates and Timings.

* Arunachala Insight * Arunachala * Arunachala 1980s * Arunachala 2007 * Arunachala 1990s * Arunachala 1990s * Arunachala * Thiru Annamalai * Thiru Annamalai * Thiru Annamalai * Thiru Annamalai * Thiru Annamalai * Arunachala Jothi Aikyam * Arunachala Home Page.

Karthigai Deepam 2015. 16 November 2015 to 29 November 2015.
"Maheswara Maha-Sutra Maha-Mantra Maha-Karthigai Maha-Deepam" of the Siddhas.

Karthigai Deepam 2014. The "Gayatri Vedagni Kalasa Vedamathi Karthigai Deepam" of the Siddhas. Nov 26, 2014 to Dec 5, 2014.

2013 "Gandhamadhana" Arunachala Karthigai Deepam Festival in Arunachala. 8 Nov 2013 to 17 Nov 2013.

2012 "AMIRTHA-VAAZHEE" Karthigai Deepam Festival of the Siddhas. "Dasamirtha" ARUNACHALA Maha Karthigai Deepa Jyothi. Amrutha Shakti and Amrutha Loka Siddhas. 2012 Karthigai Deepam Festival.

2011 "Ayur Devi Nava Kara Nava Ganga Theertha Pravaha Arunachala Karthigai Deepam" of the Siddhas. 2011 Karthigai Deepam Festival in Arunachala.

Insights into the 2010 "Aasu Mozhi Pesum Arunachala ParamJyoti Deepam" of the Siddhas. 2010 KARTHIGAI DEEPAM Festival in Arunachala.

2009 Karthikai Deepam Festival in Arunachala.

A little Giri Valam video.

Arunachala Pournami Full Moon and Sivaratri Girivalam Dates and Timings.

The Eight Ashta Bhairava Lords at Arunachala - Sri Bhairava Vijayam.

2008 Karthikai Deepam Festival in Arunachala.

2007 - Arunachala's Sarabeswara Shakti Karthigai Deepam Festival.

Ashta Pratapa Arunachala Girivalam. More articles on Arunachala.

Arunachala Darshan Gallery

The Arunachala Darshan Photo Gallery - Click Here.

Arunachala Chanakya Maha Tantra Darshan - One of the many great Arunachala Darshan secrets revealed by Sathguru Venkataraman.

Arunachala Shiva Shakti Union Darshan.

Arunachala Siva Vaasa Vaasi Siva Naasi Darshan.

Sukra Durga Peeta Arunachala Darshan.

Kambatthu Ilaiyaangudi Uttira Meru Darshan.

Arunachala Photo Gallery

Where is Arunachala?

Arunachala Location Map

State and National Highways Serving Arunachala

Arunachala Hill Map

Location of Agasthiar Ashram with respect to Arunachala Hill

Arunachala Hill Map

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  Arunachala Maha Mantra:
எதுவும் என்னுடையது அல்ல,
அனைத்தும் உன்னுடையதே,
அருளாளா! அருணாசலா!

Nothing is mine, Everything is Yours,
O Merciful Lord Arunachala!
--Siddha Guru Veda Sooktha Maha Mantram

Siva Rama Mantra:
சிவ சிவ! ராம் ராம்!
Shiva Shiva! Ram Ram!

Thiru Annamalai, Tamil Nadu, India. Sri La Sri Lobha Matha Agasthiar Ashram

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