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Arunachala Puranam - 1
« on: April 09, 2009, 12:51:07 PM »
The Arunachala Puranam, is a sthala purana, portraying the greatness
of the holy hill Arunachala.  This Tamil work by Saiva Ellappa Navalar,
a sant poet who lived during Nayaks time in 16th century.  The material is drawn from Arunachala Mahatmyam, a part of section I of
Skanda Puranam.  [Both Tamil book and the Tamil translation of Arunachala Mahatmyam are available in Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai]. Robert Buter has given some verse and prose translations of Chapter I of Tamil Puranam, a chapter which glorifies Arunachala.

The Tamil original Arunachala Puranam, runs to 649 verses.

J. Jayaraman, has given some excerpts in prose, which is now added
as an appendix to the English book of the Asramam, The Glory of Arunachala.  David Godman has translated the chapter 9 of the book,
[which is not part of Sanskrit work] titled King VallaLan of Tiruvannamalai.

I am giving some select verses from Butler's translation and also a prose portion of J. Jayaraman's work.

RB: About Nandi giving Upadesa in Siva's palace in Kailas.

24. Exercising the holy ordinance of Lord Siva:

in whose locks the moon and the Ganges are intertwined
whose shoulders are foufold
who wears the Brahmin's three-corded string
whose fair and holy loins are ever girt with a tiger's skin
whose hair is gathered up in a knot
whose deep gaze is three fold
whose body is smeared with white ashes
so that it resembles a mountain of red coral
over which the moon spills her pale light,

he whose hands neve loosen their grip
on the deer, sceptre, sword and noble battle axe
stands guard upon Mount Kailas's silvery peak.

JJ: Once, the sage Maarkandeya, leading a group of Rishis, prayed
to Nandikeswara to tell them, about easy ways to cross the ocean of samsara and reach Mukti.  The Lord deigns to reply that a dip in the holy Ganges at Kasi done in full faith, or shedding one's mortal coils there, being born in Tiruvarur, a glimpse of the Dance of Three Eyed One at Thillai (Chidambaram), a visit to Vriddhachalam, where Vishnu offered worship to Siva and received the Chakra as boon, a pilgrimage to Kedarnath, darsana of the Lord Mallikarjuna whom Brahma wroships prior to every creation --- all these are ways to Mukti.  Further, there is Kalahasti where Siva sands as a hill in order that Vishnu and Lakshmi may have His direct darsan from their holy abode on the Tirupati Hill.  Not only that, He also resides on the hill of Kalahasti as the Linga worshipped of yore, by the hunter saint Kannappar.  Further there are Kanchipuram, Kumbakonam, Seerkazhi, Madurai, Rameswaram and many more which lead to Mukti, by mere virtue by mere birth or death there, or by worship of the Lord therein.

(Source:  Robert Butler's Article in Mountain Path, July Sept 2007.  J. Jayaraman's article appended in the book The Glory of Arunachala.)

Arunachala Siva.               


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Re: Arunachala Puranam - 1
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2009, 11:21:54 PM »
Arunachala hill is a hollow hill which is filled by light.
bhagavan has said this in "Day by day with bhagavan"


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« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2009, 10:30:26 AM »
Bhagavan Ramana has said:  "This Hill contains all the treasures of
the world.  The Hill is housing various Siddhas.  Arunagiri Yoga is
meditating inside the Hill"  When someone asked Bhagavan whether
He has seen all these, He has replied:  "Yes!"

Arunachala Siva.