Experience Girivalam around Arunachala in Tiruvannamalai
A perspective on girivalam around in Tiruvannamalai
An ocean of mankind, youthful and old flooded through the lanes. A stream had begun in the early evening and arrived at its top as the moon rose and shone in splendid and mild brilliance. It was a propitious full-moon (pournami in Tamil) night at Tiruvannamalai, the antiquated sanctuary town in Tamil Nadu, which settles and flourishes at the foot of the mountain Arunachala. The general mind-set was one of jollity joined with a reasonable goal of arriving at the objective; the objective being circumambulation of hallowed Arunachala, or girivalam (In Tamil: “giri”- mountain, “valam”- to circle). This included a lively stroll of around 14 kilometers, which must be finished before moonlight blurred into day break. Despite the fact that the lovers were strolling in what resembled surprisingly requested mayhem, authorities were in proof to look after request, and traffic was confined to the edge of the town. It was November 6, 2014.
My first visit to Tiruvannamalai was with my mom, about 10 years sooner. At the point when I lived in Vellore, a town that is around 80 kilometers away, I was lucky to restore my association with this renowned sanctuary town. While prior visits included visiting for an evening, I bit by bit took to remaining for a couple of evenings, giving myself more opportunity to appreciate the lively otherworldly climate and its natural clamor. The principle draw of the town is its profound feeling and it pulls in searchers from varying backgrounds. It is home to a few ashrams, and sanctuaries to a few divine forces of the Hindu pantheon flourish.
The sound of the sanctuary ringers in the cool crisp mornings messenger the exercises of guests and the life and business of the townspeople; this before long leads into the dusty tired warmth of early afternoon where inertia wins. Nighttimes discover the town re-stimulated with townsfolk coming all the way back, evening aarti and pujas in the sanctuaries, guests congregating in the little cafés for lone or bunch suppers, and the clamor is quenched again with an early night. The streets and paths of the town are fixed with enormous obscure trees, and colossal heaps of delicate coconuts are promptly accessible for the ever-parched guests.
One may stroll through the town to visit the antiquated and surviving sanctuary devoted to the Lord Arunachaleswarar (an indication of Shiva) and his partner, Goddess Apitakuchambal. This enormous perimetered complex was created by different lords over a thousand years, including rulers of the Chola and Sangama traditions, just as King Krishna Deva Raya. Its amazing gopurams, complicatedly cut dividers, columns, paths, extensive corridors, and a few littler sanctums which are made in different degrees of fanciness, merit a few visits to increase a genuine valuation for the exertion and creativity contributed. They are altogether designed out of the neighborhood dark stone. The antiquated pipal and mango trees and two outside water tanks appear to have their very own account to tell, as they have borne observer to a few ages of guests and lovers every one of whom likely looked for their coolness in the bursting sweltering sun which prepares the stones underneath to a sole-burning temperature. What’s more, for some light help, one may visit the shops along Chengam Road and examine crafted works, diamonds, old coins and silver gems from remote, for example, Kashmir, Nepal, and Afghanistan. A peculiar destiny in reality has carried these natives of cooler climes to carry out their specialty in the warmth of South India.
The unperturbable nearness approaching over all these human undertakings is the rocky Arunachala (Tamil: ‘aruna’- red, ‘achala’- ardent). Accepted to be the living appearance of Lord Shiva, Arunachala is a low rough heap of around 3000 feet high and has been referenced in a few antiquated writings including the Puranas. Tamil writing dates it back to days of yore, and the very earth and rock of the mountain is viewed as blessed. Despite the fact that pieces of the mountain are not open, and even thought to be hazardous, one can get lovely perspectives on the Arunachaleswarar sanctuary and the town beneath from mountain ways which are checked safe. Enormous and little gives in which have verifiably housed lifted up sages additionally give a resting point, and an opportunity to soak up the harmony in a reflective manner. The harmony anyway might be broken in a moment by an insidious monkey troop that spies on you!
With each visit to the sanctuary town and its ashrams, I have made the colleague of a few fascinating individuals from differing societies who merge here for different reasons. A couple of connections that hang out in my psyche are meeting a researcher from Dublin, Ireland with whom I was agreeably astonished to share regular companions, an extravagant and outgoing long-standing lover from Bangalore, and a serenely resigned couple from Melbourne, Australia. It is with one of these companions that I made my first girivalam, and despite the fact that I didn’t understand it at the time it was to be a one of a kind encounter.
Girivalam is accepted to present incredible advantage on the lover. To reword the acknowledged Master Sri Ramana Maharshi who carried on with a part of his life in one of the caverns on Arunachala and never left its slants and lower regions for his whole grown-up life, girivalam has incredible related advantages similarly as fire is unquestionably connected with heat, and these will be acknowledged regardless of the convictions of the individual. There are two courses that one may take to finish girivalam. The inward way crosses the wild straightforwardly at the base of Arunachala. One strolls through woods on slender earthen ways which are set apart with stones painted yellow or red, each delineating an alternate way around the mountain. One goes over normal lakes at ordinary interims, with religious zealots and different priests living close to them. Guests are to a great extent disheartened from accepting these inward ways as they are confined and others have been gone after by unpleasant components now and again. Anyway my friend on that day seemed to know the way and was specific about taking this way, and I profited by her certainty. It was a momentous encounter to stroll through the stirring forests of antiquated backwoods, and when we left the tranquil shade and joined the cleared street for the last five kilometers of the girivalam which experienced the town, we were totally invigorated.
The external way is the more normally crossed course. As referenced, it is around 14 kilometers long, and to a great extent pursues tree-lined streets that breeze through the town of Tiruvnnamalai and encompassing towns, and even incorporates a piece of the roadway. Excellent perspectives on Arunachala can be delighted in while accepting this course as it circumambulates the mountain at a slight good ways from the foot not at all like the internal way which twists through lush territories at the exceptionally base of Arunachala. There are a few little sanctuaries and eight lingams which line the course. Everything except one of the lingams are available on the left of the street. Lovers performing girivalam stroll along the left half of the street, and there is an expansive cleared walkway set down for about a large portion of the separation to encourage safe strolling. I have navigated the external way multiple times, on occasion in the early hours of the morning, or wandering out early in the day to early evening time throughout the winter months. It has consistently been a decent exercise regardless of whether the quick quieting impact is slippery on occasion! I lean toward strolling alone and being with my own considerations, or ideally being in a state without contemplations, resting intermittently to take in the perspectives on Arunchala to regain some composure and have a beverage of water. The organization of the monkeys and pooches in the roads and around the sanctuaries keeps one alarm, and there is a consistent nearness of other individual walkers, renunciates looking for charity, and the occupants of the towns continuing on ahead. Another nearness is the substantial traffic on parts of the course, the hints of which I attempt to block out. During pournami, these streets are changed by the progression of fans in hundreds, if not thousands, performing girivalam by moonlight, which achieves a one of a kind and substantial profound vitality. Clearly, traffic needs to take a second spot to this inundation of guests!
Maybe the conviction and affirmation of a power more noteworthy than one’s own inner self and activities accompanies beneficial’s encounters, on the off chance that one doesn’t have this as an inalienable proclivity. That being stated, in some social conditions where otherworldliness swarms the ordinarily at a progressively basic level, a natural information on the presence of a higher guideline is acknowledged as an unmistakable member in the lifted up and everyday occasions of a lifetime.