Arunachala is a magical mountain in the Tamil Nadu state of South India. Standing tall in a little town called Tiruvannamalai, this mountain is a place of pilgrimage for many and is known as the embodiment of Shiva, the Hindu god.
Shiva is one of the 3 main gods in Hinduism and is known as the destroyer and transformer. He transforms your life for the better and destroys your darkness.
Surrounding this mountain is a colourful town and villages, including temples, ashrams, vegetarian restaurants, fantastic shops and colourful markets. The Annamalaiyar Temple, a temple of Lord Shiva is located at the base of the hill. It is also an important place for devotees of Sri Ramana Maharshi, with Sri Ramana Ashram situated at its foothills.
Visiting Arunachala there are many cultural and spiritual activities to take part in. Visits to different temples, and Ramana Maharishi mountain caves, learning about the philosophy, also walking up and around the mountain. Walking around Arunachala is called performing Girivalam. This is known as the proper way to worship Arunachala, some believe this to be the most powerful spiritual practice one can perform as it is known to clean your karma, and also grant your wishes. People travel from all over the world to walk around Arunachala. Every month on full moon days, thousands of people from all over India travel to Tiruvannamalai to walk around the mountain, as this is the most auspicious time. This is a truly wonderful experience.
The Siddhas believe Arunachala to be the spiritual focal point of the universe. It embraces all seekers irrespective of race or religion. The Siddhas also explain that to even think of Arunachala one must have good karma.
Experiencing the mountain and life around it, leaves you with a deeper understanding of yourself, and inner peace.
My experience of Arunachala. To some, this may look like just another mountain, but to me, it holds an unexplainable beauty, it is a place of magic. It connects you to your ultimate truth, to a place deep inside. It creates within me wonder and effortless devotion.
However, as Shiva is the destroyer and interested in stripping away your ego and the things that cover up your true self, this can take some work, and inner strength, but I find, if you let it, the mountain holds you in the most loving place while you work this out. It is a place to me where synchronicity is an everyday occurrence and is a place of ultimate grace.
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