The Vidyaasaara Samhita
of Siva Mahapurana
also has a reference to the immense efficacy of feeding the poor in Arunachala.
of Skanda Upapurana
(a minor Purana
), speaks of the incomparable benefits of observing vows during the month of Kartigai
, and the attainment of Mukti
by any one who has a glimpse of the Holy Deepam
on that day.
The Rig Veda Brahmana
, the Kenopanishad
and the Baskara Samhita
describe the lingodbhava, that is the dazzling column of light which
covered the cosmic space, crossing the frontiers of time and space.
The Rig Veda
relates the story of Brahman and Vishnu and the Column of Light.
Not only did Arunachala in his Brilliance humble the Gods,
he also removed the ignorance of the ruling deities of the elements.
This is narrated in the Kenopanishad
which is one of the
10 principal Upanishads. The third section of the Upanishad describes
how Arunachala appeared before the devas to make them realise the power
that moves them.
occupies the mid position and its Fourth Canto which is the central part of this Veda is dedicated to Agni. Sri Rudram
occurs in the central part of the fourth canto, and in the Eighth
Chapter, which is the middle portion of Sri Rudram, occurs the term
'arunaya cha thamraya cha' which signifies Arunachala as the copper
Agni as correctly interpreted has three forms: the gross,
the subtle and the gross-subtle. In its gross form it is one of the five
elements (panchabhuthas). Agni in its gross-subtle state is the channel
through which oblations to the gods are offered in Vedic rituals. In
its subtle form agni represents Knowledge (jnana), consciousness or
Agni represents all forms and aspects of the Supreme Being and proclaims
their ultimate unity. In fact, in the Vedas, the most important place
is assigned to agni.
The reason Lord Arunachala, the Supreme Being, chose to appear
as a column of Agni, a column of effulgence which had no dimensions and
pervaded all space and time, transcending all human comprehension - was
to quell avidya, ignorance.
'The summit of heaven, as the heart of the earth, as the offspring of
truth, the wise one, the poet, the sovereign, home of all nourishment,
of great splendour and fame.' (Rig Veda, VI-7-1 & 2)
'Look, He is the light immortal within mortals. Established firmly He perceives all. (Rig Veda, VI-9-4).