The Yellow Path improvement project this year was to add another way over the passes between Arunachala and Parvati Hill, at the west end of Arunachala. This path is now complete and walkable. This post shows this new element in the Yellow Path network. The Yellow Path is a new set of paths that has been created since 2010 by those who love Arunachala and want to provide access to parts of the Holy Hill that are not usually seen by visitors. These Yellow Paths are between the present Inner Path and Arunachala mountain.
This project was previously written about in the post Path Across Arunachala Delayed by Mountain Spirits. After meditating deeply about Arunachala and the mountain spirits, it seemed to me that this path was very much worth completing, so I got another crew, made up of people who also love Arunachala, and they went to work. When the new crew started the work, they reported having “happy Arunachala” dreams. They were definitely not haunted by disgruntled spirits, so we conclude that the special pooja that was conducted encouraged the spirits to approve of the new project.
The map below show the Yellow Path network. The new segment is called “West Path over Parvati Gap.”
Below is a photo of Arunachala at about 6 AM, when we started the walk to look at the path that was completed while we were away in the USA and Peru.
Here is the start of the new path, about .5 KM past Kattu Siva Tank.
Looking up the new path you can see what I am calling “Parvati Gap,” between Parvati Hill and the small hill, “Skanda,” that separates it from Arunachala.
At the start of the path, here is a new tree (surrounded by brush, protecting it from cows and goats), planted by one of the workmen who helped complete this path. That he would do this on his own made us very happy. What a good gesture from the man!
Looking towards Parvati Gap.
The workmen marked the path well with yellow arrows, and this sign.
The west end of Parvati Hill.
Carol walks ahead of me on the path. The path is lined with stones here.
The Arunachala peak from here. The sun is rising behind it, and the peak looks kind of hazy with the backlighting.
Here are a few of the more than 100 steps that were put in place by the first work crew.
On the route of this path is a small cave. A marker is painted, so that people can look at it. We wrote about this cave three years ago in this post.
The cave is maybe 25 feet off the path, under this rock.
Here it is. It is just an area covered by a rock outcropping.
Back on the path, we pass an Om that was painted on a rock.
The path gently climbs up the hill. Here it is paved with rock, with small steps.
Looking back at the forest that surrounds this side of Arunachala between the hill and Girivalam Road.
The path continues up the hill. In addition to the yellow arrows, there are marks of white paint showing the way.
The sun illumines the top of Parvati Hill.
The rock-lined path continues up the hill.
Carol sits and waits for me. When I have the camera, taking photos, I lag behind her.
She continues her ascent up the path.
Here is where the special pooja was performed to ask for help from the mountain spirits. The colored cloths that were given to the spirits have been tied to a tree here now.
Up we go, almost to the top.
Looking back. I love the view!
Now Carol is at the top of the pass.
From here we can see the Arunachala peak, here in the form of “The Elephant.”
Now we start our descent.
For much of the way the path is pretty nice.
Looking down to the forest on the north side of Arunachala.
The Elephant again. It is visible for most of the walk down.
More of the path down.
In the distance is the Northside Promontory.
And the forest we are approaching.
“Arunachala” is painted onto the rock (as if you did not already know). The painter did not plan out his work, so had to place the last two letters below.
More of the path down. There are a couple of places where care must be taken stepping down, but most of the way is fairly easy walking.
One more look at the Arunachala peak.
And the surrounding forest.
The end of this path segment is near. The path is lined with stones.
Here is a view back up the path towards the pass, Parvati Gap, that we just crossed.
This is where this segment meets the existing Yellow Path.
Carol is coming down the path. She got behind me, taking the time to clip branches that impinged upon the path.
I have already had a few people come up to me telling me how much they enjoyed this new path. This provides one more way to see and be with Arunachala. We were told that the mountain spirits pose no threat to those who love Arunachala, or who use this path to find a quiet place to sit and meditate.
I am not sure what will be done next on the Yellow Path. It is a work in progress. If you have ideas, let us know. Also if you want to help support this work financially, it would be most appreciated.