Thursday, December 23, 2010

Girivalam the road round the hill, ...


Girivalam the road round the hill, ...

Monday, August 23, 2010

Palamaram Ashram and Cave, on Aruanchala by karthigainathan

PALAMARAM ASHRAM AND CAVE ON ARUANCHALA

Exploring Arunachala, Carol and I came across another cave, one under a rock that has a shrine and ashram built around it. We were told by the Arunachala Mountain Guide, Saran, who grew up near this spot, that this is called Palamaram Ashram and is ‘generations’ old and has been run by one family for these generations. Palamaram is the Tamil word for ‘jackfruit’ (but we did not see a jackfruit tree). The guru who was most recently active here, per Saran, was Palamaram Swamy, who was here for 40 years and for the last 15 years has been in the Himalayas. He said the Ashram is presently handled by Srinivasam.

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Pavala Kundru – Tiruvannamalai’s ‘Coral Rock’ Temple



The steps at the bottom are stone slabs. Each has a different Tamil expression carved into the face of the step.

Inner Path – The Elephant

Arunachala and the Inner Path

Inner Path – to Pachaiamman Koil



East Side – Pachaiamman Koil to Arunachaleswara Temple

Arunachala and the Inner Path

Pavala Kundru – Tiruvannamalai’s ‘Coral Rock’ Temple



The steps at the bottom are stone slabs. Each has a different Tamil expression carved into the face of the step.

Inner Path – Southwest Side

Madurai Veeran Koil – Temple on East side of Arunachala

Inner Path – Southwest Side

Inner Path – The Elephant

Arunachala Tree

Arunachala and the Inner Path

Arunachala dawns with glowing light

Inner Path – Around Parvati Hill



Inner Path – Southwest Side

Inner Path – The Elephant




From Pachaiamman Koil to Virupaksha Area of Arunachala

Inner Path – to Pachaiamman Koil