Arunachala News – Loudspeakers on Girivalam Road

by

Recently I noticed poles being put in next to the Arunachala Pradakshina route in Tiruvannamalai.

Here is one on Chengam Road.

DSCN0203

And on Girivalam Road.

A trench was dug first.

DSCN0206

Here is another post.

Wires were put in the trench, then buried as the trench was filled. Then the posts were put up. You could see wires dangling from the top of the pole.

DSCN0209

Atop some posts already is a speaker. Its design is very directional, and it is pointed towards the walkers. Only a few have been installed so far.

DSCN0212

Another post and speaker. I heard from a neighbor that they will be playing chants, I guess to add to the holy atmosphere for those who come here for Arunachala girivalam.

DSCN0215

It was a quiet peaceful day on Girivalam Road when I took these photos.

DSCN0221

Not many walkers, just the usual traffic; sadhus walking by the road, a truck speeding by.

DSCN0222

The Thiruner Annamalai Shrine is a special place along the Arunachala Girivalam route. It has a new post next to it now.

From Arunachala-live.com:

The Arunachala sthala purana (verse 392) hails this temple as being the reason for the giripradakshina practice. According to legend,  Parvathi at one time having lost the favour of Shiva comes here as Unnamulai Amman and performs penance to regain the favour of her Lord. But still the Lord refuses to appear. Undaunted she starts to walk around the hill barefoot (giripradakshina) and it is at this spot that the Lord appears and re-unites with her. And thus the first giripradakshina was performed by the Divine Mother Herself!

DSCN0230

Now they will hear the chant – I heard it on Sunday from the speakers – A-om Namah … A-om Namah …

DSCN0231

I guess this will not be every day, 24 X 7. So far it seems that they will just play the chant on special days. Since the speakers are directional, and widely spaced, a walker will hear the chant for a while, then there will be silence, then the chant again, and again the silence. What I heard on Sunday seemed pretty nice, not too obtrusive, not too loud. I do wonder, though, at places like the Thiruner Annamalai Shrine, often used for meditation, if the endless chanting (at least on the special days – and nights?) will get in the way of the meditation?

Though Arunachala is motionless, silent and changeless, around Arunachala it keeps changing. We should pay attention to what is permanent, and not so much to that which comes and goes.

Advertisements

Tags: , , ,

3 Responses to “Arunachala News – Loudspeakers on Girivalam Road”

  1. subhraman Says:

    Listening to the sacred mantras will be beneficial for those performing girivalam.

  2. drsundaram Says:

    thank you mr Richard for a wonderful information. i enjoyed reading this.regards

  3. cspacenz Says:

    Unbelievable…but not really I suppose. I would have expected the noise to be extremely loud so it’s interesting to note you have written it wasn’t too loud.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: