“From Arunachala”

A Hindu-Christian Understanding of Holy Mountains


  • Gregory Thomas Basker Tamilnadu Theological Seminary, University of Serampore




Abhishiktananda, Ramana Maharshi, Arunachala, Holy mountains


This paper discusses the commonalities/differences between the understandings of holy mountains in Hinduism and Christianity. The first part deals with Ramana Maharshi’s understanding of the holy mountain Arunachala—his attraction to and reinterpretations of it. The second part presents Abhishiktananda’s views on Arunachala, particularly with regard to Christian mysticism. Here the focus is on how he engaged in an interreligious interpretation of the mountain. In the final section, the paper explores the implications of such studies to the field of Comparative Religions. The paper deals with the following questions: Do comparative studies of religious concepts produce metanarratives for further investigation? Do similarities/dissimilarities point to a dependence/autonomy of concepts? Are there enduring patterns to look for in future in such intercultural hermeneutical exercises?

Author Biography

Gregory Thomas Basker, Tamilnadu Theological Seminary, University of Serampore

Gregory Thomas Basker teaches New Testament Studies and Christian Origins. He received his Dr. Theol. in 2014 in Religious Studies and Intercultural Theology from the University of Heidelberg.


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How to Cite

Basker, G. T. (2017). “From Arunachala”: A Hindu-Christian Understanding of Holy Mountains. Interreligious Studies and Intercultural Theology, 1(1), 27–45. https://doi.org/10.1558/isit.31056