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Lord Brahma took the form of a swan and went upwards while Lord Vishnu assumed the form of Varaha – a boar and went into the earth towards nether land. It is one of the five main shaivite holy places in South India. The story tells us how Lord Shankara got married to Parvati, his divine consort. The Arunachala World Heritage Site Initiative was founded in in recognition of the fact that this is a crucial time for Arunachala.

About 85km south of Vellore and flanked by boulder-strewn Mt Arunachala, this is one of the five ‘elemental’ cities of Shiva; here the god is worshipped in his fire incarnation as Arunachaleswar see boxed text, Awestruck by its magnitude, Brahma and Vishnu decided to find one end each to establish supremacy over the other.

Views Read Edit View history. To celebrate the telugk, devotees of Lord Shiva fast during the day and pray to the Lord throughout the mahxtyam. One should walk slowly like a woman who is in the ninth month of pregnancy. Since it was on the 14th day in the dark fortnight of the month of Phalguna that Shiva first manifested himself in the form of a Linga, the day is extremely auspicious and is celebrated as Mahashivaratri – the grand night of Shiva.

Arunachala – Wikipedia

Asked about the special sanctity of Arunachala, Ramana Maharshi said that other holy places such as KailashVaranasi and Rishikesh are sacred because they are the abodes of Lord Siva whereas Arunachala is Lord Siva himself.


Tirobhav would be performed by Mahesa After destruction millions of souls will be protected which is Concealment and Revival and 5. According to the Gregorian calendar, the day falls in either February or March.

This is part of a worldwide trend of human development resulting in environmental degradation of spiritual centers that we sadly see now all over the world, he says.


The pressure for development is relentless. For other uses, see Arunachalam disambiguation. Offerings of fruits, leaves, sweets and milk mahatyan Shiva are made, some perform all-day fasting with vedic or tantrik worship of Shiva, and some perform meditative Yoga. Kedarnath Tungnath Rudranath Madhyamaheshwar Kalpeshwar.

These are collectively termed as Ashta Lingam meaning 8 lingams and is considered one of the rituals of worship during the girivalam circumbulation of the hill. Retrieved from ” https: The temple is famous for its massive gopuramssome of which reach as high as 66m. It is made up of three nested rectangular walls each of which was built during different periods; the innermost could have been built as early as the 11th century.

Over the centuries, many saints and sages have been drawn to Arunachala. Berking lists the benefits of World Heritage Site status as follows:. Accompanied by his accomplice, Brahma confronted Vishnu and asserted that he had indeed discovered the origin of the cosmic column. Sri Ramana Maharshi once explained the meaning of the word pradakshina and how it should be done by a devotee: In one particular carving Lord Shiva is shown as dancing in an elephant’s skin.


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According to the legend, associated with the Temple, a dispute occurred between Brahma the creator, and Vishnu the preserver, over which of them was superior. They both will praised as equal as me. The Arunachala World Heritage Site Initiative will gather and supply crucial information, and provide logistical help and encouragement. It is said that worshipping of Lord Shiva on Shivaratri bestows one with happiness and prosperity.

On his journey upward, Brahma came across Ketaki flower. If by way of Pradakshina you walk one step it gives happiness in this world, two steps, it gives happiness in heaven, three steps, it gives bliss of Satyaloka which can be attained.

Performing pradakshina of Arunachala is considered to be beneficial in all ways. Sri Ramana Maharshi described the meaning of this event in this way:.

Sthithi or protection by Vishnu, 3. This is only a matter of time. The legend of marriage of Shankara and Parvati is jahatyam the most important legends related to the festival of Mahashivaratri.