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The main appeal to UNESCO for World Heritage Site status is being made on the basis that Arunachala is a spiritual centre for millions of spiritual seekers who converge on it from all over the world every year. Views Read Edit View history.


Arunachala – Wikipedia

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, But to those few who seek jnanaArunachala always makes itself known through some means or other.

Accompanied by his accomplice, Brahma confronted Vishnu and asserted that he had indeed discovered the origin of the cosmic column. This legend explains why there is hardly any Brahma temple of significance in India. 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.

In order to settle the argument, Lord Shiva is said to have manifested as a column of light, and then the form of Arunachala. This is only a matter of time. The temple is renowned for some of the remarkable carvings on the walls.

It is said that worshipping of Lord Shiva on Shivaratri bestows one with happiness and prosperity. Sthithi or protection by Vishnu, 3.


Exhausted and bewildered with his search to find the uppermost limit of fiery column, Brahma made Ketaki assent to lie that he had seen the top of the column where the flower had previously resided. According to the Gregorian calendar, the day falls in either February or March.

An enormous cauldron is placed on the highest of Arunachala’s five peaks and filled with hundreds of gallons of ghee mixed with camphor.

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

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.

Arunachala location of Arunachala in Tamil Nadu. Unlike most Hindu festivals which are celebrated during the day, Maha Shivaratri is celebrated at night.

It was later refurbished by the kings of the Vijayanagara Empire from 14th through the 17th century. Peter Berking says, “we may soon see more man made structures on the slopes of the ancient Hill. 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.

This fact is underscored by highly revered Shaivite saints and other sages over the ages and emphasized in the Scriptures.


Mahxtyam celebrate the occasion, devotees of Lord Shiva fast during the day and pray to the Lord throughout the night. 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. The Lord cursed Brahma that no one would ever pray to him.

The World Heritage Site program recognizes that it is in the best interests of the international community to preserve such spiritual centers for posterity. Sri Ramana Maharshi once explained the meaning of the word pradakshina and mxhatyam it should be done by a devotee: The circumambulation is started from the temple with bare feet and is considered a sacred act.

Performing pradakshina of Arunachala is considered to be beneficial in all ways. On his journey upward, Brahma came across Ketaki flower.


Makara, Kumbha CapricornAquarius. Kedarnath Tungnath Rudranath Madhyamaheshwar Kalpeshwar. Both searched for thousands of miles but neither could find the end. At this point, the central part of the pillar split open and SadhaShiva revealed himself in his full glory. But Brahma and Vishnu forgot the holy arunchala supreme power and fought each other.