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History of Arunachala
« on: March 31, 2007, 01:44:09 AM »
Does anyone have any information or can they point me to information on the internet about the history Arunachala before Sri Ramana?


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Re: History of Arunachala
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2007, 12:06:54 PM »
There is a section called 'Arunachala saints' on David Godman's website ( There are articles there on Guhai Namasivaya, Guru Namasivaya, Arunagirinatha and Isanya Jnana Desikar, all of who were Tiruvannamalai saints who lived several centuries ago. There is also a one-chapter extract from Arunachala Puranam, the sthala puranam that chronicles the various legends of Arunachala. Elsewhere on the site there is an article entitled 'Bhagavan's Deposition on Arunachala' which gives a selection of puranic verses about the greatness of Arunachala, all of which were picked by Bhagavan himself.
     In addition to biographies of the saints, there are extracts from their writings, mostly translated by Robert Butler. Some of these poems have not been published anywhere else.


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Re: History of Arunachala
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2007, 11:23:04 AM »
The history of Arunachala is recorded in the Arunachala Mahatmyam and other ancient works. Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi translated Arunachala Mahatmyam into sanskrit.

Sri Ramanasramam has produced a book entitled 'Ramana's Arunachala - Ocean of Grace Divine' which contains the history of Arunachala and Tiruvannamalai. This can be downloaded free of charge from their website.

It contains Bhagavan's translation, rendered into English after his death, plus extracts from other works.


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Re: History of Arunachala
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2008, 08:10:03 PM » is very super web site


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Re: History of Arunachala
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2008, 03:08:29 PM »
Dear vic, if you know Tamil, you may read Arunachala Puranam,
a book of Tamil poems (649 poems) by Saiva Ellappa Navalar,
with a prose translation by Shanmuga Arunachalam.  It has been
published by Ramanasramam.  The book deals with Shiva's marriage,
later misunderstanding (! ), Sakti's tapas, Her winning back Shiva's
left side (Concorporate Shiva-Sakti), the story of Vajarangatha Pandya,
and Vallala Maharaja (the King who protected Arunagirinatha.
The benefits of going round the Hill, the tanks and waters in the Hill
and Annamalai Venba have been given as appendices.