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Arunachala / Re: Deepam now and deep Arunachala chanting by fellow devotees
« on: December 03, 2014, 06:48:03 PM »
Carrying 2014 Karthigai Deepam pot up Arunachala

Every year during Deepam five earthen-pot lighted lamps, representing the five elements, provide the flame for the single Bharani Deepam which fisherman carry to the top of the mountain for use as the source-light for the Krittikai Deepam. It is also they who are entrusted with carrying the Deepam Cauldron up to the top of the Hill prior to the day of Mahadeepam.

The Deepam cauldron is hauled up the slopes of Arunachala supported by poles inserted into the cauldron's rings. The unique privilege for taking the flame (source-light) and cauldron up the Hill and also for the actual lighting of the Deepam Flame is always given (for long as the Hills recorded history) to men of the fishing caste.
The reason for the extraordinary grace shown to the fishing clan reputedly is explained by a famous legend of the time the Goddess Parvati was adopted by the king of the fishermen. A version of the story appears below.

Becoming a Fisherman

"Once, the Lord was explaining to the Goddess the secret import of the Vedas. However, the Goddess who was listening to the Lord, seemed to be beset with some anxiety and was otherwise engrossed. It was, therefore, apparent that She was listening in name only. The Lord noticed this and said that as She was not paying full attention to the important things discoursed by him she should be born in the fisherman?s community. The Goddess lamented this and the Lord assured Her that She would be born to the king of fishermen and that He (The Lord) would in due course come to wed her.

Ganapathi and Subrahmanya, the sons of the Lord were greatly perturbed by this and in their frenzy, considered the books of the Vedas to be the cause of the trouble and threw the offending books into the sea. The Lord took Nandikeswara to task for having allowed Vinayaka and Subrahmanya to go to Him without knowing His convenience and cursed him to become a shark in the sea. Any curse on Ganapathi would recoil on Him (the Lord) and hence the Lord did not impose any curse on him, however, Subrahmanya was cursed to become the dumb son of a merchant.

The Lord appeared in the guise of a young fisherman before the king of fishermen, who was struck with the personality and bearing of the young newcomer. To the king's enquiry He replied that he was a fishermen and could net any big fish or shark. The king told him of the prize offered for netting the shark infesting the area. The newcomer went to the sea and in no time netted the shark.
The king and his men were astonished at the feat. And happily gave to the newcomer his daughter in marriage and celebrated the wedding immediately. The bride and bridegroom immediately appeared as Siva and Parvati on their Vrishabha mount and the shark also appeared as Nandikeswara.

The king of the fishermen prayed to the God extolling Him for the great kindness shown to an ordinary and illiterate man like him. The Lord told him that as he has he had been yearning to get a child for so long, he had sent Parvati as his daughter and He came himself came to wed Her. The Lord also blessed the king to have all prosperity and at the end of his life to become a denizen of Sivaloka. Then the Lord instructed Parvati about the secret import of the Vedas and She eagerly and earnestly listened to the discourse."

Ashrams / Re: Ramana Ashram
« on: December 03, 2014, 12:02:21 PM »
The majestic awe-inspiring chariot weighing over 300 tons and nearly 100 feet tall is hauled by the muscle power of devotees or more accurately the power of devotion. Because thousands of devotees pull the chariot it is not easy to get a grip on the steel chain. Once the chariot starts moving the individual is no longer in control of what happens. The cumulative power of all the devotees takes over and exerts mighty force which actually determines the motion of the devotee himself. Those who pull the chariot experience spiritual elevation and it becomes easy for them to understand Bhagavan's teaching in Sri Ramana Gita chapter 12, verse 15 Supreme Lord (Arunachala) moves by His Own Supreme Power. By manually drawing the chariot devotees experience the teaching of Bhagavan in a practical way ,I am not the body and I am not the doer.
Sixth day's event featured silver chariot.

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Ashrams / Re: Ramana Ashram
« on: December 01, 2014, 07:04:38 PM »
Sunday witnessed the grand procession of Lord Arunachala riding the bull. The event is a big crowd puller and the devout residents wait in line with family and children for hours to pay homage to the Lord. Philosophers explain that the Rishaba or the Bull represents righteousness and it being the vehicle symbolizes the fact that only a righteous person can become a carrier of Lord Arunachala's grace. Bhagavan in Guru Vachaka Kovai says It is said that Siva chose the Bull for His service, this is to give us, step by step, the basic attitude that all the forms we see are the forms of Siva.

We know Bhagavan came as a boy of sixteen to Arunachala on Sepetember 1st and stayed in the big temple. First Karthigai Deepam would have occurred about three or four months later. What impact did the festival have on his contemplative world-indifferent life-style Read on:In the early days, when I was under the illuppai tree in the Temple compound I had no clothing of any sort. It was not because of renunciation. The cod-piece I was wearing used to bring on sores where it touched the skin. When the sore became bad, I threw away the cod-piece. That is all. There used to be an old priest who for the first time arranged for some regular food for me either by supplying some from his house or by sending the milk from the temple. After I had been nude for about a month, this old priest told me one day, Boy, the Kartigai Deepam is approaching. People from all the 24 districts will be flocking here. Police from all the districts will also be here. They will arrest you and put you into jail if you are nude like this. So you must have a cod-piece. So saying, he got a new piece of cloth and made four people lift me up to tie the cod-piece round me.

Even Bhagavan had to dress up for the festival! Has He not sung Tear off these robes, expose me naked, then robe me with the robe of Thy Grace, O Arunachala! May Bhagavan ever ride in the Rishaba of our Hearts.

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Arunachala / Re: Deepam now and deep Arunachala chanting by fellow devotees
« on: December 01, 2014, 05:11:19 PM »
Live TV coverage and online streaming video 2014 Karthigai Deepam

Tiruvannamalai Karthigai Deepam -- December 5, 2014

Morning 4:00 am Bharani Deepam
Afternoon - Theerthavari Brahma Theertham
Evening 6:00 pm Karthigai Deepam at Arunachaleshwarar Temple

Live TV Coverage

Many TV channels will telecast Barani Deepam and Karthigai Deepam live from Tiruvannamalai on December 5, 2014; Sun News, Vijay TV, DD Podhigai, Zee Tamil, Raj TV, Sri Sankara TV, Jaya TV, and SVBC TTD TV -- from 4:00 pm onwards.

To watch Karthigai Deepam 2014 live on YouTube visit 'Swasthik TVCom Channel' at this link here:
You can watch online streaming of Tiruvannamalai Karthigai Deepam 2014 on:
Karthigai Deepam online streaming video from Arunachaleswarar Temple official website at:

Arunachala / Re: Visited Arunachala during Deepam festival
« on: December 01, 2014, 12:59:43 PM »
Dear Kksat sir

By the grace of Sri Ramana Arunachala , all goes well here, daily thinking Bhagavan Sri Ramana.

Thank you

Arunachala / Re: Visited Arunachala during Deepam festival
« on: December 01, 2014, 10:53:12 AM »
Dear Kksat sir

Very nice to hear that you visited Thiruvannamalai during Deepam festival

Ashrams / Re: Ramana Ashram
« on: December 01, 2014, 02:12:46 AM »
The Lord of the Vedas, the Jewel of the Vedas, he is the Vedas incarnate. The delighter in life eternal gained by power of his love is Ramana Sat-Guru! Verse 13 in Ramana stuti panchakam

Grant me the essence of the Vedas, which shine in the Vedanta, one without a second, Oh Arunachala! Verse 99 in Aksharamanamalai
For over a century Bhagavan devotees like Raju Sastrigal and the family of Chandrasekhara Iyer have been organizing and participating in special Veda Parayana during the ten days of Karthigai festival. In the last eight years additional groups headed by our Veda Patsala teachers Sendil Ganabadigal and Hari Ganabadigal have added to this tradition and conduct their own group Parayana. Over hundred Ritwiks from various parts of India come to Arunachala and devoutly chant the Vedas to the delight of devotees. Included are Sukla Yajur Veda Ghana Parayanam, Krishna Yajur Veda Ghana parayanam and Sama Veda Chantings. It takes forty days or four year at the rate of ten days a year to recite the entire Vedas. Vedas are chanted at the ashram shrine, Sankara Madam, Sri Lalitambika temple and in the Tiruvannamalai town near Ayyankulam tank.

Fourth day procession included "Kalpaka Vriksham" , the wishful filling tree and "Kamadenu" the wish fulfilling cow. The presence of Lord Arunachala makes them harmless in the sense that wishes fulfilled will not lead to any unwanted side-effects.

Ashrams / Re: Ramana Ashram
« on: November 29, 2014, 09:45:49 PM »
Ah! What a wonder! Arunachala stands as an insentient Hill. Its action is mysterious, past human understanding. From the age of innocence it had shone within my mind that Arunachala was something of surpassing grandeur, but even when I came to know through another that it was the same as Tiruvannamalai, I did not realise its meaning. When it drew me up to it, stilling my mind, and I came close, I saw it stand unmoving.
To look for God ignoring Thee who art Being and Consciousness is like going with a lamp to look for darkness. Only to make Thyself known as Being and Consciousness, Thou dwellest in different religions under different names and forms. If yet they do not come to know Thee, they are indeed the blind who do not know the Sun. O Arunachala the great! Thou peerless Gem, abide and shine Thou as my Self, One without a second!

As the string binds a necklet of gems, it is Thou in Thy Unity who penetrates all the diversity of beings and religions. If, like a gem when it is cut and polished, the impure mind is worked against the wheel of the pure mind to free it of its flaws, it will take on the light of Thy Grace and shine like a ruby, whose fire is unaffected by any outward object. When a photographic plate has been exposed to the sunlight, can it receive any impressions afterwards? O benign and dazzling Aruna Hill! Is there anything apart from Thee?

Ashrams / Re: Ramana Ashram
« on: November 28, 2014, 12:57:53 PM »
Each day the choice of vehicles used by the Deity varies according to the scriptural theme chosen for depiction. On the second day, for example, the vehicle used is Sun God or Surya Vahana emphasizing the truth that even the apparently huge and self-luminous Sun is but an instrument serving the Almighty Lord Arunachala, Emperor of the Universe.There are two processions every day, one in the morning at 11 AM and the other at 10 PM. We turn to the writings of Ramana Maharshi to help us understand the deeper mysteries of Arunachala.

Lord Arunachala is ever-present as an extremely compassionate Being. Those who seek Him without coveting riches, lands, relatives, caste and the like, shine with resplendent Grace like the rays of the rising Sun and remain ever happy in the world.

When one enquires into the meaning of Arunachala, which is lustrous like red gold and bestows Liberation, one finds that the word Aruna means Sat, Chit and Ananda (Existence, Consciousness and Bliss), the identity of the individual self and the Supreme Self and that the word Achala means perfection.
Dazzling Sun that swallowest up all the universe in Thy rays, open the lotus of my Heart, I pray, Oh Arunachala!

Ashrams / Re: Ramana Ashram
« on: November 27, 2014, 11:10:48 AM »

 Sri Ramanashramam Yajur Ghana Paaraayanam Nov 26, 0734 hrs

Arunachala / Re: Deepam now and deep Arunachala chanting by fellow devotees
« on: November 26, 2014, 12:13:02 AM »
Deepam festival is celebrated to commemorate the non-dual merger of the Divine Mother with Lord Arunachala. The high point of the festival is the lighting of the Holy Beacon in the highest peak of Arunachala Mountain on Friday December 5, 2014(Full moon day).
Many groups organize special worship, visitor feeding and dance-drama shows during the ten days of the festival. Several groups of highly qualified pundits recite the entire Vedas in Sri Ramanasramam and surrounding holy places in various meters.
Flag hoisting will take place tomorrow (November 26th). Durga ambol festival was observed on Sunday, Pidari utsavam on Monday and Lord Ganesh was worshipped today(Tuesday). Every morning and evening fully decorated Deities are taken out in procession around the temple. With the grace of Lord Arunachala, we hope to bring some images of the festivities to our readers.


Nandi said:
1. Arunachala is the holy place! Of all places it is the greatest! Know that it is the heart centre of the earth. It is Siva Himself. It is a secret place representing the Heart. Lord Shiva always abides there as a glorious hill called Arunachala!
2. Know that the day on which (Shiva); assumed for the first time the form of a great and wonderful linga under the name of Arunachala is athirai in the (Tamil month of) margazhi. And the day on which thecelestial beings led by Vishnu praised and worshipped Shiva, who appeared in the midst of that splendour (or appeared as that splendour) is Sivaratri (the night dedicated to Shiva) in the month of masi.
Siva said:
3. Though in fact fiery, my lack-lustre appearance as a hill on this spot is an act of grace for the maintenance of the world. I also abide here as the Siddha. Within me there are many glorious caves filled with all kinds of enjoyments. Know this.

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 22, 2014, 03:13:15 PM »
Devotees reading Sacred Malayalam texts

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 22, 2014, 03:09:25 PM »
Meditation Hall Devotees

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 22, 2014, 03:07:00 PM »
Annual Abishekam to Murthis

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 22, 2014, 03:04:20 PM »
Mookupodiswami left side

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