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Things to take care, temples to visit in the holy hill
« on: December 18, 2009, 07:35:59 PM »
Hi All - finally the time has come! I'm visiting the holy hill for the 1st time. I've been trying to plan for the visit for a long time, and suddenly it got planned today. I'm going this weekend (19, 20 december 2009).

Here is my plan:

1. Arrive in T.Malai by Saturday evening by 6
2. Book a room, fresh up - visit the temple
3. Start girivalam sunday early morning
4. Visit the temple again
5. Visit the ramana ashram in the afternoon, and be there till the night, and leave

Is there any best practices during the girivalam? temples to visit, etc? mantras to chant during the girivalam? Please share.
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Re: Things to take care, temples to visit in the holy hill
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2009, 11:11:15 AM »
Dear seachingme,

1. If you land at T.malai by 6 PM, you should check in fast into
the hotel and have a wash and visit the temple.  Being the month
of Dhanur, the Temple will close by 9 pm.

2. Next morning, if you visit the Asramam and then go for circumambulation, it will be better, since the Asramam including
the shrines of Mother and Son will close by 11.30 AM., i.e. mmediately after lunch time.  In fact the bookshop will be closed
even before the lunch time, say 11.20 AM.  If you visit the Asramam,
and then go for pradakshina, it is good, because though somewhat
warmer, (but not hot since it is December), it will be nice to do
pradakshina at that time .  A very early morning December pradakshina, say from 4 am, it will be very cold, and unless you are
used to such weather, it is better to go late.

3.  Visit to the temple again is possible only in the evening since
the Temple also closes at 12 Noon.  Preferably go to the Temple,
by 5 PM.  A detailed visit of the Temple, needs 3 hours.

Wish you a very pleasant visit.

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Things to take care, temples to visit in the holy hill
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2009, 01:56:13 PM »
Thanks for the reply Subramaniam.

I'm back from the holy hill, and I don't have any words to describe my experience. I was so weak to complete the girivalam, and my legs started paining a lot, but it is the magnet (hill) which attracted me to complete the girivalam.

I, infact went to T.Malai by 7 PM on Saturday night itself, and started the girivalam by 4 AM in the morning. I too expected it to be very cold considering marghazhi, but it wasn't cold at all - it was like walking on a sunny day.

Visited ramanasraman, and grabbed the books you mentioned in the other thread.

Thank again! I'm planning to write a long note on my visit soon.
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Re: Things to take care, temples to visit in the holy hill
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2009, 02:17:16 PM »
Dear searchingme,

It is wonderful to note that your maiden (?) visit was quite
exhilarating.  If you can make another trip and stay for say,
7 days, you can cover the following:-

1. Gurumurtham, about 3 KMs from the Asramam.  This is where
Bhagavan Ramana and Uddandi Nayanar stayed for about 6
months, when there was acute water scarcity on the Hill.

2. Pachiamman Kovil, about 2 KMs into the town, where there is
a temple for Uma, Pachaiamman, the green mother, where again,
Bhagavan Ramana and Kavyakanta Ganapati Sastri were staying
for about 6 months.  Here is where, Bhagavan Ramana 'dictated'
about 300 verses of Uma Sahasram, through the medium of
Ganapati Sastri, in about 4 hours time, between 8 PM and 12 MN,
since Ganapati Sastri was to stage the poetry reading of Uma
Sahasram in the Big Temple, next morning.  Four disciples were
taking down and the speed was tremendous.  Kavyakanta Ganapati
Sastri, did not make any alterations in these last 300 verses, even
though he made many corrections in the first 700 verses.

3.  Isanya Desikar Matam, where there is a Samadhi for Isanya
Desikar.  He was a Jnani and an ardent devotee of Annamalai-
Unnamalai.  Bhagavan Ramana used to praise him for his penance.
Here presently the adminstrators of Kovilur Math and their families
stay.  Bhagavan Ramana was dragged and placed on a bullock cart
to this place for food one day by the then Math President.
4.  Virupaksha Cave, on the Hill, where Bhagavan Ramana stayed
for 16 years.  It is where Varkala Narayana Guru met Him.

5.  Skandasramam, where Bhagavan Ramana stayed for 6 years,
where Mother Azhagamma joined Him and where He was given
hot rice and rasam, by Mother everyday after a long break of
two decades.

6. Patala Lingam Shrine inside the Temple.  Where Bhagavan
Ramana stayed for 27 days without food.  Seshadri Swami brought Him out through one Mudaliar.  This Shrine was renovated by
Madam Talyarkhan in 1949.

7.  Summit of the Hill, where one hears Samaveda at nights.

8.  Palakottu, about 1 KM into the forest, behind Mother's
Temple, where stalwarts like Chadwick, Osborne, Annamalai
Swami and others stayed in cottages.

9. Manakkula Vinayakar Street - Here there is Samadhi for
Sri Sadhu Om.

10.  Behind Cow Lakshmi's Samadhi - Here there are five
Samadhis for Viswanatha Swami, Kunju Swami, Ramasamy
Pillai, Rajeswarananda and one more person.

Arunachala Siva.     
 

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Re: Things to take care, temples to visit in the holy hill
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2009, 04:54:47 PM »
Thanks for the info Subramanian. Yes, it was my maiden visit. I'm getting married in about 5 months, but already planning for a visit before marriage, and also after. Let's see what bhagvan has in store for me.

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