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Navaratri Celebrations in the Asramam
« on: September 22, 2009, 03:21:24 PM »
On day 3, that is on Monday, the Asramam had adorned Devi
as in the form of tapas, penance. Why should Devi do penance?
The Puranic story goes like this: Uma, once playfully closed the
two eyes of Siva, with her hands.  The entire universe came to a
standstill.  The activities all stopped.  Siva immediately opened
his eye on the forehead and kept the activities in continuation.

Devi decided on her own to do penance as a retribution. Siva
told her to go to Kanchipuram for the purpose.  There in Kanchipuram, she did tapas standing on a needle-point without
any food excepting dry leaves of trees.  All this she did within a
circular ring of hot fire!  After some time, Siva appaeard and took
her to Kailas.  Uma then told Siva:  If I remain outside your form,
I may commit such mistakes in future also.  So kindly give me
half of your body, and I shall be concorporate with you.  She
again came, this time to Tiruvannamalai.

In Tiruvannamalai, Devi did penance in Gautama Maharshi's
Ashram.  This Ashram can be seen when we go for giri pradakishna.
This is also called Ner-Annamalai, a place where one can find
the straight view of the Hill.  Bhagavan Ramana mentions in His
Sri Arunachala Aksharamanamalai:  "O Arunachala, the Hill of
Mercy! That which is adored by Sage Gautama, please show the corner of your eyes and bless me!"

Bhagavan Ramana never got tired of this story of Uma's penance
in the Hill.  He used to shed tears while reading the story from
a book or narrating it.

Uma got the concorporate form of Siva and she came to be called
Ardhanari, the one with half form of a woman!

The Asramam's official website has released a 3 minute video clipping of the celebrations of the Day 3 of Dasara.  Interested members may see the Asramam website.

Arunachala Siva.