Thursday, April 27, 2006

Tiruvannamalai and Arunachala


A couple more images from one my books - these ones from the trips for On Sacred Mountains.
Swami Annamalai was one of the finest real-life characters I have ever met. He walked with me on my pradakshina (walking circuit) of the holy mountain Arunachala, and climbed it with me one morning, though this photo is of him at home in the Parvathi Temple on the mountain's hillside. The water streamed white outside, deemed to be the milk flowing from Parvathi's breasts.
Parvathi is deemed to have joined with Shiva to form the mountain, a balanced male and female entity. The female deity presiding over the surrounding land is Durga. And below is the image of Durga from her temple in the town of Tiruvannamalai, which stretches at the foot of the holy mountain.

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