Monday, June 7, 2021

Nakshatra Pujas


It is often mentioned in Skandapurana that the Lord favours devotees who undertake pradakshina, tapas and austerities at Arunachala and that wheresoever the Arunachaleswarar Linga is worshipped; physical or mental ailments will not be experienced.

 

Offerings during 27 Nakshatras

Depending upon the ruling star, it is appropriate to make different offerings to Arunachaleswarar; and this precise specification of offerings, has a scientific basis. For example, on the day ruled by Krittika (i.e. Moon in Krittika), which is an incendiary or fiery constellation in consonance with the Yajur Vedic hymn, “Agnirnahpaatu Krittikaaha . . . “ evocative of light and fire, an offering of lamps (deepams) is suggested.

It is therefore in the fitness of things that we offer exactly what is ordained as it greatly increases the significance of the worship as Nakshatras function as sensory organs of the Lord.

The below table, based on the Skandapurana, is a guide to these specific and appropriate offerings:-

 

 Day ruled by Nakshatra                               Nature of Offering

1.  Aswini                                                       Vastram (Cloth)

2.  Bharani                                                     Abharanam (Jewels)

3.  Krittika                                                      Deepam (Lights)

4.  Rohini                                                       Thaapyam (Hot Offerings)

5.  Mrigasira                                                   Srigandham (Sandalpaste)

6.  Aridra                                                        Harichandanam (Red Sandalpaste)

7.  Punarvasu                                                Kasturi

8.  Pushyami                                                  Karpuram (Camphor)

9.  Asiesha                                                     Kesari (Saffron)

10. Makha                                                      Pachakarpuram in water

11.Pubba                                                        Thambulam

12.Uttara                                                         Dhoopam (Incense)

13.Hastha                                                       Kaalaaguru (A Scent)

14.Chitta                                                          Anulepanam

15.Swati                                                          Scents

16.Vishaka                                                      Chaamaram (Traditional Fans)

17.Anuradha                                                   Swetachatram (White Umbrella)

18.Jyeshta                                                      Go-ghritam (Cow’s Ghee)

19.Moola                                                         Pearl Necklace

20.Purvashada                                                Kireetam (Crown)

21.Uttarashada                                               Nava-ratnams (9 Precious Stones)

22.Sravana                                                     Bhadraasanam (as Peeta)

23.Dhanishta                                                  Gold

24.Satabhisha                                                Fine Articles

25.Purvabhadra                                             Enjoyable (Bhogya) ones

26.Uttarabhadra                                             Horse

27.Revati                                                        Golden Chariot

 

The Seva-Kartas (devotees who offer) receive special grace from Arunachaleswarar by devoutly adhering to specified offerings.

For heavenly enjoyments and eventual satisfaction, according to Nandikeswara, there is no greater place of sanctity than Arunachala. The remembrance of Arunachala purifies the mind—learning about its greatness perfects the ears—and, extolling its greatness sanctifies the tongue.

Arunachala excels the celebrated 7 kshetras: Ayodhya, Mathura, Maaya, Kashi, Kanchi, Avantika and Dwaraka. Those born at Arunachala are assured of material comforts and final liberation. Ceremonies (like Shraddha) performed at Arunachala [even for sinners who die outside] will receive blessings.



Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Eternity: A Description




”Eternity! What mind of man can understand it?

You have often seen the sand on the seashore. How fine are its tiny grains! And how many of those tiny little grains go to make up the small handful which a child grasps in its play. Now imagine a mountain of that sand, a million miles high, reaching from the earth to the farthest heavens, and a million miles broad, extending to remotest space, and a million miles in thickness: and imagine such an enormous mass of countless particles of sand multiplied as often as there are leaves in the forest, drops of water in the mighty ocean, feathers on birds, scales on fish, hair on animals, atoms in the vast expanse of the air: and imagine that at the end of every million years a little bird came to that mountain and carried away in its beak a tiny grain of that sand. How many millions upon millions of centuries would pass before that bird had carried away even a square foot of that mountain, how many eons upon eons of ages before it had carried away all.

Yet at the end of that immense stretch of time not even one instant of eternity could be said to have ended. At the end of all those billions and trillions of years eternity would have scarcely begun. And if that mountain rose again after it had all been carried away and if that bird came again and carried it all away again grain by grain: and if it so rose and sank as many times as there are stars in the sky, atoms in the air, drops of water in the sea, leaves on the trees, feathers upon birds, scales upon fish, hairs upon animals, at the end of all those innumerable risings and sinkings of that immeasurably vast mountain not even one instant of eternity could be said to have ended; even then at the end of such a period, after that eon of time the mere thought of which makes our very brain reel dizzily, eternity would have scarcely begun.”

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
[By James Joyce]


Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Is Lingam A Tesla Coil: Theory of Arunachaleswarar Temple

 

Below is a fascinating video made by Praveen Mohan explaining his theory that the Siva Lingam at Arunachaleswarar Temple is an ancient energy device similar to the more contemporary Tesla Coil.

 

After the video, I have included a transcription (available at his Blog). I have added a third paragraph in red with information about thara parthiram (special kind of vessel vessel) being placed over the Lingam during a specific season.


 




"Hey guys, today I am going to show you a mysterious phenomenon that is happening in the Arunachalesvara temple in the town of Tiruvannamalai. This temple is very old, at least 1300 years old, The unusual thing about this temple is that there is a lingam in the main chamber, and it emits an enormous amount of heat. Nobody has been able to explain this until now. Like all Hindu temples, the main idol is situated in the central chamber inside this temple, but this lingam somehow radiates a lot of heat. As we approach the main chamber where the lingam is contained, you can feel the temperature rising. Notice how the entire stone walls have turned completely black because of constant radiation. You can see multiple fans placed all around, trying to cool the place down, but the place remains much hotter than the outside, all the time. It is extremely hot even during winter time inside the main chamber.

 

When I visited this temple, Initially, I thought no one felt the rise in temperature except me, but when I researched this, it has already been published in multiple newspapers and several websites. Many have wondered why this is happening. The priests in the temple also confirm this, and told me that the lingam itself is very hot, it feels like touching a warm cup of coffee. So they actually use a simple cooling device from time to time, this cooling system is a vessel is placed on top of the lingam, which slowly drips cold water to cool the lingam down."

 

Note:  For information go to my post at:

https://arunachalamystic.blogspot.com/2018/05/2018-kathiri-veyil-at-siva-temples.html

The posting explains the reason why a water vessel (i.e. thara parthiram) is placed over the Lingam at Shiva Temples during Kathiri Veyil, which is the period when the Sun (i.e. Surya) passes through the star Krittika. 

 

"But why is this happening? A stone is capable of giving out heat energy for many centuries without any power source? This is impossible, there should be some explanation for this phenomenon. I mean how is this possible? Locals and priests explain that this radiation is happening because it is a special type of lingam called the Agni Lingam. Now, what is an Agni Lingam? Agni Lingam is a stack of energy, a column of fire emitting heat and light. This unique type of energy is said to be created in the underground portion of the lingam. What we see here, is just the top of the structure, there is a large cylindrical column which proceeds underground, which is what creates the enormous amount of heat. Since the heat produced by the lingam is very real, is it possible that such a lingam, a cylindrical power source actually exists underground? If this is true, is it possible that the ancient builders also carved the entire Agni Lingam in this temple?

 

Here, we can see a man praying to this large cylindrical structure. But it does not look like a traditional lingam, it has many turns, many coils on the cylinder, as though it is wound with wires, and look at the top, there are thunderbolts coming out in all directions. This is incredible, because this matches 100% with a modern day Tesla coil. Now, what is a Tesla Coil? It is a Wireless Power Transfer device, it does not need wires, but can radiate enormous amount of energy, simply through the air. Nikola Tesla, an extraordinary inventor created this in 1891 in an attempt to deliver free energy to the world.

 

I mean look at the tesla coil. I mean look at the Tesla coil I am holding. It is a cylinder wound with wires connected to a battery and we see can see electric arcs which look like thunderbolts coming out from the top. This is exactly what we see in the carving. Is the Agni Lingam, an ancient Tesla Coil? How else can you explain this 1300 year old carving, with coils wound around the cylinder, and thunderbolts coming out from the top? Tesla coils also create a lot of heat, you can feel the heat rising as you move your hand closer to it. In fact, it will burn your skin if you touch it. This is the exact same feeling you get, as we walk closer to the lingam. As we move towards the lingam, we can literally feel the heat rising. Today, we have created large Tesla coils for experimental purposes. But did ancient builders also set up a similar device underground? If so, for what purpose? I mean ,what could have been the reason to put a large Agni Lingam inside a temple?

 

The answer lies in how we use Tesla coils. Today, Doctors are using Tesla Coils primarily for enhancing the overall well-being of patients. This procedure, known as electrotherapy not only completely relaxes the body, but also calms the mind into a deep, meditative state. Was the ancient Tesla Coil, the Agni Lingam installed here to heal the body and mind of the visitors? People from around the world come here to practice deep meditation in this temple. You will experience an unusual calmness in your mind and your body, when you are in this temple, this is why this area is called the spiritual capital of the world. Some of the world’s greatest saints attained enlightenment in this temple. Are all these things mere coincidences, or is it all because of the therapeutic effect, the effect of radiation coming out of the lingam?

 

Did ancient people worship this lingam to gain physical and mental strength? But if this is the case, then what is the need to construct such a large temple complex around this lingam? This temple is one of the largest temples of Lord Shiva, covering about 25 acres. The entire design and layout of this temple is mindboggling, the most important feature is the towers. Near the outer walls, Four large temple towers are set up precisely facing the 4 cardinal direction points.

 

If the Agni Lingam is a Tesla Coil transmitting energy, then is what is the need to construct all these gigantic towers? Perhaps the answer lies in the carving itself. If we count the number of turns on the Agni Lingam, it has 13 turns. Initially, I thought this was a mere coincidence but let us count the number of the metal domes, these are called Kalashas, placed on top of the main tower. There are exactly 13 domes placed on the top of the tower. This is not a coincidence. Not only that, the tower also has 13 levels, these rectangular holes are actually doorways to the levels, there are stairs inside the tower to access every level. If you we count the doorways, including the one hidden by this signboard, there are 13 doorways and 13 levels. So, this is definitely not a coincidence. If you look at the tower from the top angle, it looks like a next generation machine. What is the actual purpose of this gigantic tower? Even after 1300 years, it is still one of the tallest towers of India. Did you know Nikola Tesla built a gigantic tower, called the Wardenclyffe tower, in order to give free energy to the world? Tesla planned on wireless transmission of energy to the whole world, but this entire facility was destroyed by greedy businessmen. Was this temple also built as a centre for wireless transmission of energy?

 

See, if you go to a very high altitude, the entire temple complex looks similar to a modern day power company, I mean look at the lay out. There are 4 large towers perfectly aligned to the 4 direction points. There are smaller towers inside as well. There are water sources which act as a cooling system, you can see two large tanks always full of water. There are many separate buildings inside the complex, there are even emergency exits, just like modern facilities. But perhaps the real secret, the actual power source itself can be found if we can access the underground, but locked chambers."

 

[By Praveen Mohan]


Sunday, December 20, 2020

Winter Solstice: December 21—The Great Conjunction


Significance of Solstice

"In any given year, the winter solstice, the still point, is the most powerful time of the solar cycle. It is the conception point, the moment in which the plans for the entire year are generated from the sun to the earth. It is the parallel point to each new moon which carries and expands the original solar wave's energy through the thirteen succeeding cycles of the year.

There are four points during the year in which the archetypal energies of the sun "come through" to us to bring consciousness along step by step. These four points are the solstices and the equinoxes.

Each of these moments, which last three days, are "neutral force" channels of tremendous power. They are literal doorways to the infinite, alchemical cauldrons in which we can bathe ourselves with unconditional love and pure spiritual energy, and into which we can place our intentions. They are "time-outs" from normal reality.

Whatever gets cooked in the winter solstice cauldron becomes the blueprint for the entire year which is reaffirmed and brought along to completion by the other three central points. If we carefully align with the intentions of the universe during the winter solstice we can be picked up by the rising tide of spiritual energy and carried forward, supported by the power which spirit has brought to earth at the moment of the "rebirth of the sun" when it joins with the earth.

The sun and moon are always in a changing relationship with each other and the earth, the cauldron in which we are always being alternately "cooked" and "cooled" by them. At the winter solstice; the sun, yang, spiritual, masculine energy is at its lowest ebb, pausing before it pulses forward just like the tide having flowed out to sea pauses, and then begins to aggressively move out toward shore once more. This alignment of the sun with the most inner and contracted (yin) point in its cycle is the same as the moment of the new moon in which the sun's yang and moon's yin move into perfect alignment with each other and the earth, joining and harmonizing their energies with their combined force.

As we step into the solstice we should not carry into it with us anything from the past and instead let the purity of the Oneness fill us and allow the spirit to decide what is in our highest good. As human beings we have goals, things we want to create, states we wish to experience. All that can be placed into this great moment with great passion as our heart's desires and released in trust. "

[By Alexander]

The Great Conjunction

 

The Solstice is a time where the veil between dimensions is thin. It is also a time where we are more open and connected with the energies of the Earth.

 

In 2020, December 21st, stands out as being a potent day, not just because of the Solstice, but also due to a very rare alignment taking place this year known as the Great Conjunction. The great conjunction occurs every twenty years or so, and is when both Jupiter and Saturn align at the same degree of the zodiac. The great conjunction represents a changing of an era, and a time where we shift our way of viewing the world. As our world view changes, so too does society and the way we choose to approach things. 

 

While the great conjunction happens every couple of decades, the 2020 alignment opens the door to an even bigger cycle. For the last 200 years, Jupiter and Saturn have been aligning only in earth signs, but this year, on December 21st, 2020, Jupiter and Saturn will align in the air sign of Aquarius.

 

The great conjunction is a key point on this transition into the Age of Aquarius, and is destined to bring many ‘Age of Aquarius’ themes into our lives. The great conjunctions now switching to air signs will give us a focus towards the collective, and a more community-based approach. Humanitarian efforts will be important, and technology will be favored. We will see more things created online than in the physical world. 

 

December 21st, 2020 is a good day to get clear on what you wish to focus on, and to connect with your own spirituality and heart-focused intentions.

 

 

The Christmas Star

The year 2020 will end with a special astronomical event: the closest great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in 397 years. On December 21, the two planets will almost touch in the sky. As Jupiter and Saturn will rendezvous just a few days before Christmas forming what will look like a single bright object in the sky, the 2020 great conjunction is sometimes also called the “Christmas star” or “Bethlehem star.”

 

The December 21, 2020 conjunction will be the closest great conjunction since July 16, 1623. At the great conjunction of 1623, Jupiter and Saturn were slightly less than 0.1 degrees apart. However, this event would have been difficult—although not impossible—to observe since the two planets were near the Sun.

 

The last time that the two planets were easily observable when separated by less than 0.1 degrees was almost 800 years ago, during the great conjunction of 1226.

 

To watch an online streaming video of the Great Conjunction of 2020, go to the video below. 

 

 

  



To read more about the esoteric and spiritual opportunities of this time, visit this link here.

 

 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Video of Vibhutti Siddhar: Arunachala Girivalam

 

Recently found this fascinating video on You Tube of a sannyasin residing off the Arunachala Girivalam roadway. The Swami popularly known as Vibhutti Siddhar is becoming increasingly well known to both local and visiting devotees to Arunachala. 

 

Will give updates when I get more information on Vibhutti Swami, who currently maintains complete silence (mouna). His ashram (residence) is located almost diagonally opposite the beautiful Raja Rajajeswari Temple off the Girivalam Roadway. 

 

 




Wednesday, May 9, 2018

2018 Kathiri Veyil at Siva Temples, Tiruvannamalai


Kathiri Veyil is the period when the Sun or Surya passes through the star Krittika. The period is considered to be the peak summer season. In 2018, Kathiri Veyil in the Tamil Calendar started at 11.05 a.m.,  May 4, 2018 and will continue until May 28, 2018. As its the peak summer season the period is considered inauspicious and therefore some refer to it as Agni Nakshathra dosha. 

The passing of the sun through 3rd and 4th quarter of Bharani Nakshatra and the four quarters of Krittika and the first quarter of Rohini Star is the period of Agni Nakshatram.

Popular superstitions for this 21 day dosha (inauspicious period) are;  journeys made through this time will be unsuccessful, money given will not be returned and disease/illness will not be easily cured.

Some believe it better to avoid the observance of auspicious events during this period. In addition, things to be avoided are the construction of; new ponds or wells. The making of new gardens, cultivation of fields and the planting of trees, bushes and saplings. 

When the peak of the summer season, better known as kathiri veyil or agni nakshatram commenced at 11.05 a.m. 4th May, 2018. a thara pathiram (vessel) filled with rose water was set on top of the linga at Temples dedicated to Lord Siva to reduce the intensity of the sun rays and heat in the sanctum sanctorums.

The Lingam with thara parthiram in the below photos are that of the Temple of Lord Thondareeswarar at Tiruvannamalai. 




Gandharva Kanyas: Vasantha Urchavam 2018



Vasantha Urchavam is a ten day Festival depicting the blossoming of love. During this sacred event, Swami and Amman are gorgeously decorated with jewels. They are taken with great ceremony in Mahapradakshina round the sacred Mahila Maram (trees) within the Third Prakaram—ten times every night for ten days = 100 times.

The third day of Vasantha Urchavam celebrates the birth of Manmatha, also known as Kama the God of love (lust). Manmatha is depicted looking for Siva.

At 9 p.m. on the fifth and eighth days the Temple lights are switched off so that the procession is in the dark. After going around the sacred Mahila Maram ten times the lights are switched back on to great rejoicing.

Lord Shiva opens His third eye on the final days of the Festival and the burning of Manmatha takes place.

During this sacred Festival the Jumbo Keswara Lingam, that is set in stone on the raised platform in the midst of the sacred trees is filled to capacity with water. Plants and flowers are placed to float inside the recess of the Lingam, appearing to make the Lingam levitate and blossom.

[Extract from The Light of Arunachaleswarar]



Each evening for the first nine nights of this Festival, Lord Somaskanda (a form of Siva/Pavarthi) is brought to the Paneer (Rose-water) Mandapam in the 3rd prakam. During this function the Gods are showered with flowers by the Gandharva Kanya enactd by the celestial nymph in the form of a puppet.

The Kanya puppet comes many times to the Paneer Mandapam and showers buckets of flowers onto the Gods. Afterwards ten processional rounds around the Makila Trees takes place, accompanied by musicians and singers. At the completion of each round, the Gods dance in front of a mirror and then remain seated under the Paneer Mandapam while receiving two floral showers from the Gandharva Kanya.

During the Vasantha Utsavam Festival, the appearance of the Gandharva kanya (celestial virgin nymph) represents the expression of desire and the virtue of union which is further emphasised by the flowers, fragrance and music of the ritual.

Gandharvas are celestial beings and also musicians. In Hindu mythology, the Gandharvas are demi-gods, who are somewhat less powerful than the Devas.

They are sometimes said to reside in the Swargaloka, but some sources put their abode as Gandharvaloka. Their father is sage Kashyapa and their mother is Arishta, a daughter of Daksha. They specialise in dance and music, and are also skilled in dark magic.

They are the guardians of Soma, the divine nectar of immortality and teacher of the Moon who is also called Soma. The Gandharvas are attributed with a mystical power over women and the right to possess them. They are invoked in traditional Hindu marriage ceremonies and in the Brahmin tradition, the bride who is to be married is supposed to belong first to Soma, to Gandharva and to Agni before becoming the wife of a human being. A Gandharva marriage is a love marriage (not an arranged one). The wives of the Gandharva men are usually celestial damsels, apsaras. 


The Puppeteers in charge of the pulley system on adjacent gallery

The Gandharva Kanya on her way to the Gods

Nearing the Gods on their palanquin at the Paneer Mandapam

Adorning the Gods with flowers

Each evening of the 9 nights, the Gandharva Kanya is beautifully and differently dressed

Puppet in White and Gold nearing the Gods with her bucket of flowers

Another evening, and another dress for the Gandharva Kanya

A Kanya dressed beautifully in blue

The Kanya puppet in close-up

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

2018 Chithirai Festival at Sri Siva Jothi Mona Siddhar’s Ashram



A beautiful marriage function between Lord Siva and Goddess Meenakshi will take place at Sri Siva Jothi Mona Siddhar’s Ashram. The Festival starts Friday April 20, 2018 and culminates with the marriage of the Gods on Sunday April 29, 2018




Sri Siva Jothi Mona Siddhar Swamigal





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Villupuram District, Gingee Taluk, Sethavari Village, Nallanpillaipetral
Arulmigu Sri Meenakshi Sokanatha Peruman Temple
7th year of Chithirai Festival Invitation




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Friday April 20, 2018 

Morning 4.30-6.00 a.m. Flag Hoisting 
Evening 3 p.m. Lord Ganesha Procession 


Saturday April 21, 2018 to Saturday April 28, 2018

Each Evening 3 p.m. Special abhishekam and procession


Sunday April 29, 2018

Morning 9.00 a.m. Seethavari Village brings marriage necessaries for the bridegroom Lord Sokanda Peruman

Morning 9.00 a.m. Naalanpillaipetral Village brings marriage necessaries for the bride Goddess Sri Meenakshi Ambal

Morning 11.00 a.m. Marriage between Sri Meenakshi Ambal with Sokanda Peruman