Arunachala! Gowthama, one of the most venerable sages, has sung your praise and worshipped you! Oh embodiment of grace, drench me with your grace from your sidelong glance!
Gowthama (also spelt Gautama) muni has a special place in Arunachala. It was he who suggested to Parvati who was doing penance here, to take the left side of the Lord Arunahaleswara.
Just like you accepted his praise and showered your grace, please accept my prayers and make sure I become fit for your grace and protection, says Bhagavan. Since Arunachala dispels the darkness of ignorance of devotees who seek his feet and bestow the light of grace, Bhagavan calls it ‘maa malai’ meaning great hill.
Coincidentally, the rishi of thiruchizhi where Bhagavan was born is also Gowthama! There are quite a few interesting parallels between Bhagavan’s birth place and where he found his ‘permanent home’.