• Arunachala, a geological view

    According to a geological study of the Continents, it seemed that the continents were once a huge mass of land, part of an ancient super continent Pangea. In course of time this huge mass of land broke up into fragments which began to drift, forming the present continents. Certain continents (S.America and Africa, Africa and India with Madagascar in between; India and Australia; and Antartica) now far apart seem to fit together if joined. A study of positions of magnetic poles measured from rocks in two of the continents likewise indicated relative movement between the two continents. Also the geological structures and formation of rocks particularly charnockite seem to perfectly fit as one single mass when these continents are put together. The distribution of certain flora and fauna belonging to Gondwana Land – supercontinent Pangaea, which is the convergence of the movements of continents about 350 million years ago.

    The section of land from Tiruvannamalai towards Villupuram contains various stages of migmatisation of charnockite (of Tiruvannamalai it is 2.55 billion years) and the associated members culminating in the formation of Gingee pluton (2.5 billion years). The evidence gathered from geological studies made in Tiruvannamalai during the 1970’s throws light on the formation of the charnockite and related assemblages of rocks older than 3000-3500 million years. The rock formation in this section as explained in the process of migmatisation of charnockite and associated rocks in phases culminated in the evolvement of Gingee Pluton consisting of granite composition.

    A detailed study of the world mountains, with particular reference to India, reveals the following features : The world’s famous mountain ranges like the Alps, the Rockies, the Andes, the Himalayan and Applatian ranges contain high peaks at very high altitudes, but geo-chronologically they do not come under the Archaeon period and belong to younger ages. The upheaval of the Himalayas was not a continuous process but took place in four phases. Himalayan ranges are less than 50 million years old, whereas the upheaval was in one single phase for the holy hill of Arunachala.

    The Tiruvannamalai hill is an imposing landmark with an elevation of 2634 feet and is the highest peak in the hill ranges found conspicuously in the western and southwestern directions of Tiruvannamalai; the eastern and southeastern parts of Tiruvannamalai on the other hand are gently undulating plains dotted with few knolls and mounds. Also it would appear that among other mounainous belts, the Deccan plateau in Southern India including Tiruvannamalai is one of the areas of little or no tectonic activity i.e. seismologically these belts have not changed their characterisitics drastically over a long period of time. In recorded history the origin and flow of rivers, homosapiens, flora and fauna are geo-chronologically far later developments.

    From the above inferences, it is clear that the holy hill of Arunachala is older than the Himalayas (mount Everest or Kailash) and hence the oldest natural shrine in the world. And so, Manickavasagar, one of the ancient 63 Tamil saivaite saints hails Lord Arunachala as ‘older than the oldest’ and ‘later than the latest’.

    (courtesy: French Institute Research studies on Tiruvannamalai and Ramana’s Arunachala by Devotees)

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  • Now for Iphone and Ipad

    Arunachala-live has now been configured for the iphone and ipad for the benefit of those wishing to see Arunachala on apple mobile devices.  Previously this was not possible but our technical support staff has solved this problem in a very elegant manner.  We are very grateful for their diligent efforts.  The main page functionality has also been improved and you can notice some slight differences, especially when resizing your browser.  Previously the camera image was a fixed size even if the rest of the browser was resized.  It now resizes with the rest of the page allowing viewers to adjust the main page to their screen size.  We hope our mobile users enjoy the possibility to view Arunachala on their devices

    The Arunachala-live team

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  • Live cameras disconnected due to cyclone

    Due to the recent tropical cyclone we have disconnected the live video to Arunachala to avoid storm damage. It will be reconnected as soon as the weather permits. Lightening is especially dangerous as at can destroy our equipment. Both the adsl and power lines are a danger from severe power surges.

    A-L team

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  • New camera installation

    Due to technical problems, we have recently changed the wide angle camera.  The previous camera developed problems with time sequencing which made control of image uploads difficult.

    Through the contributions of devotees we were able to purchase the new camera and now it is installed. You will notice an increase in clarity as well as the correct time. The previous camera will need to be returned to the USA for repair and when it returns will be used as a spare in case of future trouble.

    These cameras are remarkable for their endurance. They are exposed to rain, sun, and weather of all types, which we know can be harsh and unforgiving here in South India, but they still are able to upload an image every minute, day after day.

    Maintenance is involved, as well as regular costs and we are fortunate that devotees, appreciating the value of our service, have contributed what they could. We give our heartfelt thanks to those who have helped us make Arunachala-Live possible.

    We welcome any assistence devotees can provide. The long term existence of Arunachala-Live requires regular financial support.

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  • Arunachala-Live

    Welcome to the events and information page of Arunanchala-live.

    The web site is dedicated to the service of devotees and followers of Arunachala.  On the main camera page we hope to provide the opportunity, wherever one lives, to experience the  presence  of the hill.

    There are many moods of Arunachala, we hope to show you some of them.  The two cameras provide a wide angle and a telephoto view, and due to the camera quality we can often get excellent images.

    Several new features have been added recently.  The daily chanting of the Tamil Parayana from Sri Ramanashram and a new photo gallery to display our collection of photographs and contributions from other devotees.

    We have also started a new sister site,  where devotees can upload their own photos to share with others.  Unlike other social networking and photo websites we intend to keep the focus on the spiritual aspect.

    The events and information page has been started in response to Devotees who have requested photo coverage of other events relating to Arunachala and its surroundings.  This is a new area for Arunachala-live but in a way it is a natural extension of our mission and we have engaged someone to under take this work.   We hope you enjoy it.

    The events and information page, which you are seeing here with this first post, will be developed  with the help of devotees and the A-L team who will  bring you scenes of Spiritual events from around Arunachala.  This will include the Main and other temples,  Sri Ramanashram, the Girivalam path and other places of Interest.  The photos will be accompanied by a commentary and explanation.  We will focus on the spiritual, leaving the social, political, economic, enviornmental and humanitarian issues to other websites.

    We will also use these pages for announcements  regarding the operation of our cameras and any difficulties we encounter with our hardware or network problems in Tiruvannamalai that interrupt our service.

    Thank you and we hope you enjoy all the features of Arunachala-Live

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