Tirvannamalai Experiences:People who are doing the walking in the eighteen kilometer path aroundthe hillock during the full moon day will have certain spiritual experiences.One of my friend when he leaves the road for a nature call and steps in therocks some other field other than the natural one is around him all on asudden. There is some light without any particular source as if though it istwilight during sun set but the brightness is more than normal. (But theactual time is night eight o clock.) There is a big water tank and around itthere are more than two hundred huts and in the entrance some hermitsare doing meditation. One of them signal him to come near and ask him:CAN YOU BE HERE?Our friend argues that he is having a mother and three sisters and hisfather is no more and he will have to look after the family. The hermit saysthat no body is depending upon anybody. Friend argues that without thepermission of parents one must not become a sanyasi. (renouncing theworldly life).(it is the Hindu tradition.) The hermit laughs at him and givesome medicine to eat. Friend eats and the field become normal.Everything disappears and the area is now the original with sand, rocksand thorns. But he cannot find out the main road and wanders for sometime.Suddenly a woodcutter comes in the way and says Oh poor brahmin youmust not be here and pushes him away with his sickle. Friend is in the roadnow. Now the time is early morning four o clock. Nine hours have beenpassed. Later he approaches a mutt and ask what is this. Theysaid that you have missed a golden opportunity for enlightenment for whichall these people are doing penances for years together but in vain.One of the manifestation of Lord Siva is woodcutter they told. He is a bankofficer and about prayers he is doing the santhya vanthanam (meaningtwilight prayer) every day five times without leaving it after hisupanayanam (holy ceremony). The year was 1996. Now every month he isgoing there and do the ritual but the experience is not coming again.