arunachaleswarar temple complex as viewed from the top of arunachala hill

Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India


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Spiritual Solace

Arunachala Temple, also known as the Annamalaiyar Temple, is a renowned Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is situated in the town of Thiruvannamalai in the state of Tamil Nadu.

It is one of the most revered Shiva temples in South India and holds great spiritual significance. It is associated with the element of fire (Agni) and represents one of the five elements of nature. The temple is believed to be the manifestation of Lord Shiva in the form of the sacred hill, Arunachala.

arunachala hill in the backdrop of arunachaleswarar temple complex

The temple's architecture is a blend of traditional Dravidian and Chola architectural styles. It boasts of a towering gopuram (entrance tower) that stands as a magnificent example of South Indian temple architecture. The temple complex covers a vast area and includes numerous shrines, halls, and tanks.

The circumambulation of the sacred Arunachala Hill, known as Girivalam, is an essential pilgrimage ritual for devotees. Thousands of devotees undertake this 14-kilometer (about 9-mile) trek around the hill, especially during the full moon night, to seek blessings and spiritual solace.

Divine Aura

It is not only a place of worship but also an embodiment of spiritual energy and a source of deep devotion. It attracts pilgrims, seekers, and tourists alike who come to experience the divine aura of this sacred site.

arunachaleswarar temple complex as viewed from the top of arunachala hill

The best time to visit Arunachala Temple is during the winter months, from November to February, when the weather is cool and pleasant, making it comfortable for temple visits and Girivalam. The annual Karthigai Deepam festival, celebrated during the Tamil month of Karthigai (usually in November or December), is a major attraction when a massive lamp is lit atop the Arunachala Hill.

Getting There

location_cityState & Capital - Chennai, Tamil Nadu

flightChennai International Airport - 170 Kilometers

directions_carChennai - 200 Kilometers via NH 179B/NH32

trainThiruvannamalai Railway Station - Within Town Limits

late evening in arunachaleswarar temple complex lit up with diyas or small oil lamps with arunachala hill in the background

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