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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: December 08, 2014, 10:59:47 AM »
Karthigai Deepam 2014 at Ramanashramam

Ashrams / Re: Ramana Ashram
« on: December 06, 2014, 01:08:29 PM »
Srimati Nagamma describes Deepam during 1947 in Letters from Sri Ramanarsamam: Bhagavan came from the cow-shed with his attendants, and it was as though it were actually Lord Siva Himself arriving on the scene. Spontaneously those gathered there rose; Bhagavan seated himself on the couch and all prostrated before him.When the ghee brought by devotees was poured into the pan for kindling the light, the pan was overflowing. Camphor was then placed on the wick. The fragrance from the lighted incense sticks spread on all sides and created a holy atmosphere.

Bhagavan sat lovingly looking at all the devotees and related to those near him the significance of the Festival of Lights. He also pointed out the exact place where the light was to be kindled on the hill-top. After that, Veda parayana began.
By the time the parayana was over, the sun had set. Soon, little lights in earthenware saucers were lit all-round the hall and garlands of electric lights of many colours were switched on. Everyone was eagerly awaiting the lighting of the sacred beacon on the hill-top and the attendants had handed to Bhagavan a binocular with which he, too, was eagerly scanning the hill. While his gaze was concentrated on the summit of the hill, ours was concentrated on his Divine face, for it was just a reflection of Arunachala.

With the firing of crackers at the Temple, the light on the hill-top appeared. Immediately, the akhanda jyoti (uninterrupted) light, opposite Bhagavan was lighted. The Brahmins rose and chanted the mantra, na karmana naprajaya dhanena, and lit the camphor; kumkum and vibhuti were distributed and then all the devotees sat down. After Bhagavan had partaken of a little fruit and some sweetmeats, the rest were distributed amongst the devotees. Immediately after that, the devotees divided themselves into two parties, one singing the hymns in the Akshara Mana Mala, and the other taking up the refrain Arunachala Siva. After that, the five stanzas beginning with Karunapurnasudhabhde in Sanskrit and its equivalent in Tamil were recited.

Arunachala / Re: Deepam now and deep Arunachala chanting by fellow devotees
« on: December 05, 2014, 10:20:26 AM »

Karthigai Deepam live telecast Ramanashramam

Karthigai Deepam Festival - 2014

5th December

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Ashrams / Re: Ramana Ashram
« on: December 04, 2014, 11:56:35 PM »
For a week the Lord displayed wish-fulfilling tree, grand chariot, silver chariot and heavenly splendor. On the eighth day Lord Arunachala comes in the unrecognizable form of a very poor destitute beggar, Pichandavar. Those who recognize Him even in such a lowly form are blessed with life in Kailas. Others who reject Him saying Go away can forget about Grace, wish-fulfilling tree etc. If you think all this is fairy tale read from Bhagavan's life. When I was going out for Bhiksha(begging),people used to say Swami is come, and give me food with fear and devotion. Those who did not know me used to say, You are strong and sturdy. Instead of going out like this as a beggar, why don't you go out to work as a cooly(labourer) I used to feel amused. But I was a Mouna (silent) Swami and did not speak. I used to laugh and go away feeling that it was usual for ordinary people to talk like that.

December fourth features journey to Kailas, the Heavenly abode of the Lord. December fifth is Maha Deepam. Live webcast of Maha Deepam from 5 pm to 6:30 pm from

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: December 04, 2014, 06:47:29 PM »
Ramanashramam Vedhapadasalai

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: December 04, 2014, 06:46:09 PM »
Priests Chanting Mantras at Ramanashramam

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: December 04, 2014, 06:44:37 PM »
Meditation Hall with Ashramam President's Brother

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: December 04, 2014, 06:41:22 PM »
Arunachala Deepam Koparai Theeri

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: December 04, 2014, 06:06:19 PM »
Dear Drsundaram

Cycle swami I copied  the photo from a web site  . I totally forgot which site

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:
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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

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