Ardhanarishvara at Arunachala: This fusion of Siva and Shakti
representing the male and female halves, transcends the distinction and
limitation of male and female and takes the Lord to a level beyond
gender-manifest Brahman, realization of which means liberation . .
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Deepam - Annamalaikku Arogara: Lord Siva showed himself as the
eternal principal in the form of an endless column of Light, the light
of consciousness through which realization is possible. Invisible it is
to mortal eyes, it is called the Mahamangalam, the Great Auspiciousness.
Arunachala Mountain is an icon or indicator of this presence of power .
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Deepam Legends: To resolve a dispute between Brahma and Vishnu,
Sri Siva created a limitless Pillar of Light and challenged the Gods to
find the column's top and bottom. Brahma and Vishnu both failed in their
tasks and subsequently prayed to the Lord that the blazing pillar
should establish itself as a Hill, and that Sri Siva should take the
form of a lingam on the east of the Hill . . . click to read this narrative
The Festival of Light: Once a year, the top of Arunachala is
alight with a fire that can be seen for miles around. It is the god
Shiva, who is manifesting himself as a blazing pillar of light, the
lingobhava. Rudra or Shiva has said, 'I am Agni or great energy and I am
Soma; I am myself man together with nature.' . . . click to read this narrative