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Full Moon on the highnoon spring - (2)
« on: April 23, 2010, 09:52:03 AM »
Before the Day 2, I should mention here that the evening parayana
was Sri Arunachala Stuti Panchakam.  The five songs were recited
lasting for about 1 hour and 10 minutes. 

Next morning, (Day 2), we decided to do the giri pradakshina.
After the breakfast at 7 am, we went by car (as I am not able
to walk the entire distance), covering by foot in between some
distances.  After seeing Yama Lingam, and Nirudhi Lingam,
we spent more time in Ner Annamalai Temple of Unnamulai, from  where there is a straight view of the summit of the Hill.  This is
where Siva appeared before Uma and gave her half of his body.

After Ner Annmalai Temple, we covered the Sai Baba Temple,
( a newly built one by Malaysian devotees).  Then we came to the
famous Idukku Pillaiyar.  Ganapati in a crevice.  Here, people go
from one end to another end, about 1 metre.  The place is quite
narrow and unless a person is lean, it is not possible to go in
and come out to the other side.  I never attempted this.  But my
wife gets in and come out easily.  She did that this time too.

From there, we came to Saint Manikkavachagar Temple, from
where he composed his Tiruvembavai and Tiru Ammanai in
Tiruvachakam.  We stood before the Linga and the saint's image
and sang a few verses of Tiruvembavai. 

The next stop was my favourite Isanya Math.  First we went
to see Isanya Lingam for which one has to climb down some steps.
Isanya Jnana Desikar attained Jeeva Samadhi nearby.  From there
we went to Isanya Math Proper and prayed to the Lingam at
the place of Jeeva Samadhi of Desikar.  Isanya Jnana Desikar
lived for about 70 years.  This is a powerful place and Bhagavan
Ramana has recommended visiting this Jeeva Samadhi Lingam.
There I met the old priest who is a scholar in Tamil vedanta
texts.  There are 16 such texts, some of them Sanskrit translations
into Tamil verses.  This is managed by Kovilur Math.  There is
a Veda patasala, and there is a primary school also in the same
complex. The students are fed and given clothes in both the schools.

Kovilur Math has plans to publish all the 16 works in print.  Three
volumes have already come.  On the day I went the priest told
me that the 4th volume has also come out.  I purchased this 4th
volume which contains Viveka Choodamani, Ajana Vada Barani
and Iswara Gita.  For these works, the Math has given the original
verses and also meaning in prose.

The 16 books are:-

1. Nana Jiva Vadha Kattalai.
2. Gitasara Taalaattu.
3. Sasi Varna Bodham       ( Volume 1)

4. Maharaja Thuravu
5. Vairagya Satakam.
6. Vairagya Deepam.  (Volume 2)

7. Lakshana Virutti.
8. Vedanta Choodamani
9. Kaivalya Navaneetam     (Volume 3)

10,11,12 - as mentioned above in Volume 4.

The volume 5 will contain (yet to be published)

13. Brahma Gita
14. Bhagavad Gita
15. Jnana Vasishtam

The Volume 6 will exclusively contain

16. Panchadasi.

We returned to the Asramam by 10 AM.  We stayed in the
Asramam till lunch at 11.30 AM. The lunch went off very well
and I was personally happy.  There was Payasam too apart
from the usual items.

In the book shop, before lunch, I purchased the CD containing
Sri Arunachala Stuti Panchakam.  This is rendered in music by
one Mr. Prabhakar and he, Sivadas Krishnan, Lata and Gita have
sung the songs.  This is the version that is available in the
official website of Sri Ramanasramam also. 
Arunachala Siva.


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Re: Full Moon on the highnoon spring - (2)
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2010, 11:08:15 AM »
Subramaniam mama,

Awesome journey you had! As always your write-up is informative and so clear. I have learnt about so many places that i missed out this time. I shall try and cover it. Actually i dont have the nidanam. The moment i reach tmalai i am so excited to be there that i hardly go beyond ramanasramam, temple and seshadri swamigal ashram and the girivalam in that little time i have. Ner annamalai is so beautiful. This time when i went there during siva-ratri all lingams had been so beautifully decorated after an elborate abhishekam. Thanks subramaniam sir for the description..almost feels like we are there...

Subramaniam sir, have you been to other places like draupadi amman kovil, gurumurtham etc.? please share your experiences...


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« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2010, 11:35:05 AM »
Dear SLakshmi,

I have gone to Guru Murtham, which is inside the town, twice
but I did not cover that this time.  Gurumurtham Temple is
under a custody of a house nearby, where it is difficult to go
and seek the keys for the Guru Murtham.  They will come and
open the door and we can see the Lingam and Bhagavan's photograph
there.  But it is no even having an oil lamp and no flowers are placed
on the Lingam.  They run the show with donations of the visitors
and when I went there I gave Rs 100 for buying oil and flowers.
This shrine is about 4 kms from the Asramam inside the town at
the other end.

Draupadi Amman Kovil which I understand is Pachaiamman Koil,
which is again about 2 kms in the Asramam Road.  Bhagavan
Ramana stayed here also for sometime, when there was acute
water scarcity on the Hill.  Kavyakanta, Viswanatha Swami, Kunju
Swami and others were with Him.  Here is where Bhagavan Ramana
in a trance-like situation dictated the last 300 verses of Uma Sahasram with four disciples of Kavyakanta taking down the verses!
The whole thing was done in about 3 hours, when Kavyakanta
could not complete the 1000 verses.  He had to stage the reading
next morning in the Arunachaleswara Temple!  Time was inadequate.
After completing the work, Bhagavan asked:  Has everything been
taken down?

Kavyakanta Ganapati Muni altered the verses many times but he
did not touch any of the last 300 verses!  This book was lost later
but Kavyakanta re-wrote everything from his memory.  I am not
sure that this has been published in print.  It is not published by
the Asramam.

Arunachala Siva.


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Re: Full Moon on the highnoon spring - (2)
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2010, 12:11:00 PM »

Subramaniam sir,

Draupadi amman kovil and pachaiamman are the same?I have been to pachaiamman kovil..where even at the entrance you have colourful gods and goddess in a line. There are a temple tank nearby and this is the place where bhagavan stayed when tmalai was hit by plague...

Pachaiamman kovil is at the foot of the hill...


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« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2010, 06:54:46 AM »
Dear SLakshmi,

Yes.  This Pachaiamman or Draupadi Amman Koil are one and the
same.  You will have to climb a few steps. You will find large
images (plaster of paris) of Ayyanars.  There is a small sanctoum
sanctorum.  The priests who are not Vedic brahmins only do puja
here.  This is where Bhagavan, Kavyakanta and others were living
because of acute water scarcity in Virupaksha Cave.  While plague
ravaged in T'malai,  Bhagavan Ramana did not leave to any other
place.  Ramanatha Brahmachari - who was suffering from boils
due to plague was living in the Mantapam (opposite to Asramam)
and he was served food every day from Virupaksha Cave.  Ramanatha survived the plague affliction and lived upto 1946.

Arunachala Siva.