The nature God has given all the features that the Siththars require both internally and externally for their search and hence the Sathuragiri Mountain is considered as the head quarters of the Siththars. In the past twenty three posts we have seen all about the Siththars, their ashrams, caves, the way to reach that caves, the streams on the way, rivers, forests, herbs in those forests, udhaga water, fountains and temples.
We shall see about the one that we left to see in that sequence. The important ingredient that we use in the preparation of the alchemy and in the siddha medicine is the paashanam (arsenics). It is an element which is as strong as metal, and is as intense as poison. To know more information about it, you can read my previous post, ‘What is Paashanam?’.
This paashanam can be categorized into two major types. They are piravip paashanam and vaippup paashanam. The piravi paashanam can be found in nature. There is a story that the statue of Lord Muruga present in Pazhani which is made out of navapaashanam has been made in Sathuragiri Mountain only. But there is no information regarding this in the songs of the Siththars.
If that statue has been made in the Sathuragiri Mountain then all those paashanam has to be present here. While searching for answers to these questions in the songs of Agathiyar and Bogar, I found certain rare information. Yes paashanam is there in the Sathuragiri Mountain. We shall see that it is present in the Sathuragiri Mountain in the words of Agathiyar.
"பெருமையாம் சதுரகிரி வளப்பஞ்சொல்வேன்
Pperumaiyaam Sathuragiri valappanjsolvaen
நுட்பமுடன் புலஸ்தியனே புனிதவானே
nutpamudan Pulasthiyanae punithavaanae
பாலான தேசமெல்லாம் திரிந்துவந்தேன்
paalaana daesamellaam thirinthuvanthaen
பாலகனே சதுரகிரி வளப்பமெத்த
paalaganae Sathuragiri valappameththa
லேசான காட்டகத்தே திரிந்துகண்ட்டேன்
laesaana kaattagaththae thirinthukandaen
சங்கமுடன் சதுரகிரி கிழக்கேயப்பா
sangamudan Sathuragiri kizakkaeyappaa
சட்டமுடன் பாடாணக் காடுகண்டேன்
sattamudan paadaanak kaadukandaen
நலம்பெரிய பூமியெல்லாம் சுண்ணக்காடு
nalamaperiya bhoomiyellaam sunnakkaadu
பட்டயம்போல் சுனையுண்டு தோப்புமுண்டு
pattayampoal sunaiyundu thoappumundu
பாலகனே கண்டேன் யாவுங்கண்டேனே
paalaganae kandaen yaavungkandaen”
- அகத்தியர் (Agathiyar)
“I have gone around the entire world and have seen the Sathuragiri Mountain also. In the eastern side of the Sathuragiri Mountain at the way which can be easily entered, I found paashanam” says Agathiyar. Calcium will be seen in abundance at this land of the forest. He says that there is fountain and garden at the middle of the forest. In the following songs he says about the various kinds of paashanams and their uses.
Isn’t it interesting fact? The land at the forest in the eastern side of the Sathuragiri mountain has abundance of calcium. The one who is interested or the researchers can involve in further researches.
I shall complete this series of Sathuragiri Mountain with the next post.
Original – www.siththarkal.com
Translated by சந்தியா