Recently I found out about another cave near the Kattu Siva area, then, after visiting it, found out that it was Kattu Siva’s cave, where he lived for many years.
Kattu Siva is a saint that lived on Arunachala in the last century. Kattu means ‘jungle’. Not much is recorded about him. He wore only a loin cloth, forsaking the traditional saffron robes of a renunciate as self-ornamentation. He also would not wear vibhuti, ash, as is usual for a Siva devotee. He lived in a cave under a rock, next to Arunachala. An ashram formed around him, and an ashram building was constructed next to what is now known as the Kattu Siva Tank in Tiruvannamalai, near the Girivalam Road. He would meditate in a chamber under this ashram.
To locate this area for you, here is a photo of the West end of Arunachala. Parvati Hill is on…
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