When he desired to end his earthly sojourn by jumping from the high
tower, Lord Muruga appearing at the nick of moment saved him
for the benefit of devotees. Hence he is called Gopurathilayanar,
and he is worshipped in a separate shrine. There are many shrines
here dedicated to Kesevar, Kalyaneswarar, Viranmandir etc. in
addition to shrines dedicated to the Panchasthalas. Next, they
cross Kiligopuram to step into third prakara. This gopuram has
another fantastic story relating to Arunagirinathar. It is told that
Arunagirinathar utilising the powers of Parakayapravesa vidya
entered the body of a parrot to fetch Parijatha flower, but to his
misfortune his enemy Sambandan burnt his body in the mean time. In
the absence of his body Arunagirinathar settled in the temple tower
itself as parrot and sang his famous Kantharanbhuti.
There is a form
of parrot in one of the Stupas on this tower to testify to this
story. In this prakaram there are temples dedicated to Bhimeswar and
Vigneswar besides the Mahila trees, held sacred. In the second
prakaram the temples of
Ganapati and Muruga lie at the entrance on either side. After
worshipping them, they enter first prakaram by the east which
encloses the garbha griha of Sri Arunachaleswar - the presiding
deity of this glorious temple.
This Tejolinga feasts them with its
huge size and bends their heads in veneration. Offering prayers and
uttering Harhar Mahadev, they make a retreat, offering prayers to
Tayar too, souls filled, with the form of Omni merciful Siva Sankar.
This deity is adored by several awe-inspiring names such as
Sonachaleswara, Arunagiriswarar, Vedamurthi, Annamalaiya
Bhaktavashankar, etc. And
each name has a story fantastic that brings out the mufti-faceted
glory of this all adorable Lord who blesses the bhaktas, regardless
of their place, time and nature. He Is there where genuine devotion
sprouts and rises like fountain.