Author: ShivaniPublisher: Sri RamanasramamYear: 2007Language: EnglishPages: 115ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788175288600
Arunchala, as we know, is amongst the oldest pieces of land on earth today, as has been confirmed by geologists. Scientists say that it dates back to the very creation of the Earth. The hill is said to be Siva manifest. There are many myths associated with Arunchala, and the author relates them, especially the story of Parvati's penance. Perhaps the most interesting sections of this book dealing with Arunachala is the discussion of devotees of Arunachala, hymns, ancient literature and miracles connected with the holy hill. The pilgrim will find of great interest the decryption of the 14-km Gripradkshina, or circumamulation of the mountain.
ForewordAuthor’s NoteIntroduction1. Tiruvannamalai / Its Importance2. Arunachala Holy HillIts antiquityIts greatnessLegendary between Brahma and VishnuGoddess Parvati’s penance3. Devotees of Arunachala4. Hymnology5. Ancient Literature6. Miracles7. Giripradakshina and its importance8. Sri Arunachaleswara Temple9. Pujas and Festivals10. Architecture and Sculpture11. Epigraphical Hisghlights with a touch of history12. Renovation13. Jewels and ornaments14. Vehicles (Vahanams)15. Temple Administration- Endowments & “Kattalais”- Orphange- Immoveable Properties- Revenue- Accommodation for Pilgrims16. Tiruvannamalai Today17. Places of interest in and around Tiruvannamalai18. Sacred Shrines / Temples near Tiruvannamalai