“Arunachala is the place, that which of all places deserves to be called the holy place! Of all places it is the greatest! Know that it is the Heart Centre of the Earth. It is Shiva Himself. It is a secret place representing the Spiritual Heart. Lord Shiva always abides there as a glorious hill called Arunachala”
- V, 1, Sri Arunachala Mahatmya
Sri Bhagavan recommended that his devotees should practice Giripradakshina (take a slow walk around the Hill), like a pregnant woman, with reverence and attention. This practice would be of spiritual and physical benefit as the natural herbs growing in the vicinity filled the air with a healing fragrance.