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A Gap in the history of Arunachala
« on: August 01, 2011, 10:08:11 PM »
In terms of its antiquity and its supreme holiness  , there seems to be a long gap in history with only few historical events relatd to its holiness  interspersed in between like the story of king Vajrangada etc between the origin of the holy Arunachala  hill and its rediscovery so to speak,  thanks to Bhagavan.
The book Ocean of divine grace does mention numerous saints,sages who have sung the praise of Arunachala but they seem to be also small in number considering the ancient history  of the place.
It seems that some scripture is waiting to be discovered which will throw light on how devotees in ancient times have benefited by visiting Arunachala and their devotion to it.
I may be wrong but would like others to share their views on this.
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Re: A Gap in the history of Arunachala
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2011, 03:48:23 PM »

Dear Ananda Sundaram,

You are right. The main reason, is that Tiruvannamalai area was never under the direct rule
of either Cheras, or Chozhas or Pandyas, who were having three main kingdoms, in Tamizh
Nadu. The T'malai area was ruled by small chieftains, who were in turn subservient to one
of  the three great kingdoms at different points of time.  While the three main kings have their
own history, backed by scriptures and other books, small areas had no history backed up by
such profound scriptures.  The earliest poets who mentions about T'malai are Sundarmurti,
Jnana Sambandhar and Tirunavukkarasar and of course, Manikkavachagar. These were again
scattered between 3rd C. A.C. to 7th C. A.C.  In the Sanskrit literature, only Skandam refers
Arunachalam.  Then we have only come to the poets like Arunagiri Natha, Guhai Namasivaya
and Guru Namasivaya.  Later of course, saints like Seshadri Swamigal and Sri Bhagavan.

There is thus no continuous history.  The Big Temple itself was built by several kings adding
some portions here and there and as it stands today, it was not built by any single king like
Thanjavur Big Temple, by Raja Raja Chozha or Chidambaram Temple by King Anabhaya
Chozha and Kulottungan II.

Sri Neelakanta Sastri who has written about the history of  South India does also not mention  much about T'malai and its Temple.             

Arunachala Siva.


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Re: A Gap in the history of Arunachala
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2011, 09:37:43 AM »
Thye say this hill was in the form of fire in Sathya yuga,  golden or some sort of rocks in subsequent yugas etc.

Perhaps Subramanian Sir can explain this.

Upamanya bhaktha vilasam should speak about this Arunachalam. Not sure, if it speaks.


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Re: A Gap in the history of Arunachala
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2011, 02:47:22 PM »

Dear Ananda Sundaram, Krishnan,

The history is like this, with a lot of gaps in between:

1. Puranic Times - Siva standing as a huge column of Light and
Brahma and Vishnu, not able to reach its top or bottom.  This is
in Skandam and in turn in Arunachala Mahatmayam.

2. 3rd Century AD: Manikkavachagar talking about Tiruvnnamaali,
in Tiruvachakam, Tiruvembavai and Tiru Ammanai.

3. 4th Century to 7th Century AD: Jnana Sambandha and Sundramruthi
singing songs on Arunachala.

4. 14th Century: Arunagiri Natha's Tiruppugazh which mentions about

5. Subsequent to 14th Century to 18th Century: Guhai Namasivaya
and Guru Namasivaya.

Periya Puranam or Upamanu Bhakta Vilasam - only tells the stories
of Nayanmars which incidenally mention about Annamalai when they
cover the above two saints' stories.  Periya Puranam is dated 10thj

You can see many gaps as from the dates mentioned above. The other
spiritual books like Ribhu Gita, Kaivalya Navaneetam about which
Sri Bhagavan used to mention often, speak only about advaita philosophy
and not about Annamalai.

Arunachala Siva. 

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Re: A Gap in the history of Arunachala
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2013, 07:53:48 PM »
In Ribu Gita, in one place I have seen Arunachala being mentioned among other famous places like Himalayas kasi and also Vridhachalam was mentioned.
I do not know the exact verse and the chapter where it is being mentioned.