The Arunachala Puranam
The Arunachala Puranam is the sthala purana of Tiruvannamalai. It is a work which brings together all the legends relating to Tiruvannamalai. The myths and legends they contain form part of an unbroken tradition, elaborated, embroidered and transformed over several millennia, beginning with the Vedas, and the Vedic commentaries. (Ramana Maharshi teaches us that the world is simply the illusory play of mind, projected upon the unmoving screen of consciousness. The strange wonderful world of the Puranas is in its own way no less an illustration of this truth.)
The main story unfolds against the background of epic themes such as the creation of the universe, and the battles for supremacy between the gods themselves, and the gods and their enemies, the asuras. Two major themes are interwoven: the first is the greatness of the Arunachala sthala, and the story of how the mountain Arunachala first manifested as a clossal of fire whose top and bottom could not be found, to settle a quarrel between Brahma and Vishnu; and the second is the story of how Siva’s consort Parvati came to merge with Lord Siva as half of himself.
The Tamil Arunachala Puranam was composed in the 17th century by Saiva Ellappa Navalar, thought to have lived in the reign of the Tamil king Tirumalai Nayakar, during 1623–1659. The author, in verses 21 and 514, cites as the source for its first 7 chapters the Rudra Samhita (514), or the Kodi Rudra Samhita (21) of the Siva Purana.
Devaraja Mudaliar’s Day by Day with Bhagavan dt. 12.12.1945, Afternoon: As I was entering the hall about 2-50 p.m., Bhagavan was reading out from the Tamil Arunachala Puranam the verses in which it is said that Gauri, after crossing the several streets of Arunachalam, reached Gautama’s Asramam. When Bhagavan came to the verses dealing with Gautama’s joy at Gauri’s coming to his Asramam, hw could not go on, for tears filled his eyes and emotion choked his voice. So he laid aside the book….
In 2000 Sri Ramanasramam published the Tamil Arunachala Puranam of Saiva Ellappa Navalar with paraphrase and the book has been reprinted many times. (The Tamil translation of the Sanskrit Arunachala Mahatmya, by Munagala Venkataramiah -the compiler of Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi, has also been reprinted many times from its first publication in1957). In 1999 Sri Ramanasramam published The Glory of Arunachala by M. C. Subramanian which had been serialized in the Mountain Path. The Tamil Arunachala Puranam has been translated in English by Robert Butler, an ardent devotee of Bhagavan Ramana It was also servialised in the Mountain Path and he has now offered it to Sri Ramanasramam for publication.
J.Jayaraman – Sri Ramansramam chief Librarian, who heard the glories of the Tamil Arunachala Puranam many times, from old Ashramite of Kunju Swami – close devotee of Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi from 1920 has chanted, the entire 659 Tamil Poems of Saiva Ellappa Navalar, and the same is uploaded now in audio form.
|1. Paayiram Tiru Nagaram||
|2. Tiru Malai||
|3. Tiru Avataaram||
|4. Tirukkan Pydaittal||
|5. Ida Bagam Pettral||
|6. Vajraangada Paandiyan||
|7 Vallaala Maha Rajan||
|8. Teertta Charukkam||
|9. Tiru Malai valam||
|10. Aaditta Charukkam||
|11. Pradatta Raajan||
|12. Paavam Teertta Charukkam||
Quote from Bhagavan
Arunachala, that chasest away Illusion (Maya)! Why delayest Thou to dispel my mother’s delirium! Besides Thee is there any one, who with maternal solicitude can protect the suppliant soul and ward off the strokes of destiny?
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