The Glory of Arunachala XXX– Worshipping Arunachala – I

Worshipping is a very important devotional practise. In  worshipping,  there remains an idol representing an ideal, where the devotee focuses with all his devotion  to the idol, and slowly starts manifesting in himself the similar ideal . In  the final stages, the demarcation between the one, who is adored, and one who is adoring gets lost , and there is an oneness which arrives, with both losing there individual identity and merging into there deeper being . That’s why worshipping is considered as a very sacred process . It brings one to culmination of devotion and turns him towards wisdom. It is the most pure form of love and devotion. However , one needs to very pure inside to practise these form of love and devotion.

 

Gautama continued with his discourses, on the glory of Arunachala and said to Gowri , about how the preparation should be taken before one goes for worshipping Arunachala. He also mentions that how Shankara [ the other name of Shiva] has asked him to visit different pilgrimages where Shiva is worshipped to become more pure inorder to worship Arunachala.

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He went to Kedar, Badarikasrama, Kasi, Sri Parvata, Kancheepuram, Tiruchuzhi etc. There he worshipped the lingas installed by sages and great yogis, and bathed in the tirthas. He practised austerities along with his disciples and performed yajnas (sacrifices). Finally he had darshan of Arunadri, the Linga in the form of the famous Hill Arunachala.

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