Author Topic: girivalam  (Read 17749 times)

ramanaduli

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 850
    • View Profile
girivalam
« on: October 14, 2008, 03:48:20 AM »
 Dear sir,

Recently I came to know there is another path to do girivalam. I did the outer one where there are 8 lingams.
Can you please advice me how to go to that path. All people start from the temple and walk the 14 k.m. of distance
During night will the inside path be opened for devotees?


Ramanaduli

Subramanian.R

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 43540
    • View Profile
Re: girivalam
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2008, 10:43:15 AM »
Dear Ramanaduli,

There are said to be three roads for Arunachala Giripradakshina.
One is the inner most road, in jungles, skirting the Hills.  Nobody
tries this.  The middle road is on the foothills, where only one can
walk and others have to be follow him.  Two or three cannot walk,
hand in hand.  The third one is the outermost road, which is asphalted
for cars and other vehicles can go.  Here only, most of the devotees
walk.  The road is broad.  This is about 14 kms in cicrumference.
Here is where, you can come across the eight lingams and small
temples for them.

Arunachala Siva.
 

Vladimir

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 71
    • View Profile
Re: girivalam
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2008, 12:09:32 PM »
Dear sir,

Recently I came to know there is another path to do girivalam. I did the outer one where there are 8 lingams.
Can you please advice me how to go to that path. All people start from the temple and walk the 14 k.m. of distance
During night will the inside path be opened for devotees?


Ramanaduli

Dear Ramanaduli,

If you mean the Inner Path for Giri Pradakshina, you can read a good articl in Ramanasramam's newsletter:
http://www.sriramanamaharshi.org/pdf/Saranagathi_eNewsletter_April_2008.pdf

enjoy!

vinita

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 65
    • View Profile
Re: girivalam
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2009, 11:28:32 PM »
Dear friends,

what is the best time of the day for girivalam? i will be in thiruvanamallai for two days at the end of this month. this will be my first visit and i need some guidance please.

munagala

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 113
    • View Profile
Re: girivalam
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2009, 07:12:09 AM »
Dear Vinita,

The best time for girivalam is early morning as it is said that siddhas move around during brahma muhurta time (4am -6am).
You can have a peaceful walk in the morning.

Considering the weather the second best time is evening or in the night.
At all costs avoid noon time as it will be hot. Since it is January heat and if you are used to Indian conditions then no issues, otherwise it is not advisable.

Regards,
Sambhamurthy

vinita

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 65
    • View Profile
Re: girivalam
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2009, 07:14:48 PM »
dear sambahmurthy ji,

thankyou for your response.

would love to do it at 4 a.m.
is the path well marked...so that there is no chance of deviation if one is new to the place and doing it alone?

of course, one may say where is the chance of deviation when there is only a single goal! ;D

best regards,
vinita

Subramanian.R

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 43540
    • View Profile
Re: girivalam
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2009, 09:34:09 AM »
Dear vinita,

If you take the outermost road, which is asphalted and in which
vehicles ply, there is no chance of any deviation.  The inner roads
in the jungles of the Hills, are difficult to negotiate.

Arunachala Siva.

vinita

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 65
    • View Profile
Re: girivalam
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2009, 04:39:28 PM »
Dear Subramanian ji,

Thank you for your reply.

Is it possible to get in touch with you or any other person of knowledge during my stay? i hope to be at the ashram on 30th (Dec.) evening and leave on 1st (Feb.) morning.

Regards and best wishes,
vinita

Subramanian.R

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 43540
    • View Profile
Re: girivalam
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2009, 05:19:38 PM »
Dear vinita,

I am not based in Tiruvannamalai.  You may however, seek the
help of anyone inside the Asramam, where everybody is always
eager to help the visitors.  They may not be able to accompany
you during Girivalam.

Arunachala Siva.

vinita

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 65
    • View Profile
Re: girivalam
« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2009, 05:30:25 PM »
Thankyou! i will surely do that.

No, i wasn't looking for company during girivalam..... such things, i believe, are best done alone.

best wishes!

vinita

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 65
    • View Profile
Re: girivalam
« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2009, 08:38:13 PM »
did manage to complete girivalam day before yesterday. my realisation at the end of this experience was how much i am tied to the body. this happened when during the last few miles of the journey each step was so hurtful that it felt that i was walking on nails or burning coals (just my imagination).

but every step of the way was worth it.

the temple of arunachala just took my breath away.

Subramanian.R

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 43540
    • View Profile
Re: girivalam
« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2009, 10:04:46 AM »
Dear vinita,

I am happy.  Could Asramam people help you?  Were you interested in some books in the Asramam?

There is one description in Arunachala Mahatmayam:

When one takes one step for girivalam, Indra becomes his servant.
When he takes two steps, Kubera becomes his servant.  When he completes girivalam, Vishnu becomes his servant.  Every droplet
of blood that oozes from the sole of the devotee while doing girivalam, due to thorns and bushes, they are worn as red rubies
by the gods on their headgears!

Arunachala Siva.     

vinita

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 65
    • View Profile
Re: girivalam
« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2009, 01:18:36 PM »
Dear Arunachala Siva,

i was helped by a person who has been doing girivalam at least twice every month since 2002.

yes, i did visit the ashram several times and found it very peaceful. Bought 2 books one being the glory of aruchala.

Could have beautiful darshans of the lord and the devi in the temple.

best regards,
vinita