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1. Gingee Fort

Gingee Fort

35 km from city center 1 out of 9 Places To Visit in Thiruvannamalai

Also known as the Chenji Fort, this is an ancient structure last modified in the 13th century by the Vijayanagara Emperors. Called the 'Troy of the East' by the British, this fort has impressed many by its strength and architecture.

2. Sathanur Dam

Sathanur Dam

23 km from city center 2 out of 9 Places To Visit in Thiruvannamalai

Sathanur Dam is a stunning engineering marvel built over River Thenpennai (River Pennaiyar). The structure consists of pleasant parks, a fish grotto and a huge crocodile farm. The site is strikingly beautiful during the monsoons.

3. Annamalaiyar Temple

Annamalaiyar Temple

1 km from city center 3 out of 9 Places To Visit in Thiruvannamalai

Annamalaiyar Temple is a breathtaking temple complex dedicated to Lord Shiva. There are numerous intricately adorned shrines and halls within the entire temple complex which is also considered as one of the largest temple complexes in India.

4. Ramana Ashram

Ramana Ashram

1 km from city center 4 out of 9 Places To Visit in Thiruvannamalai

It is located at the foothills of Aruchana hills and people from all over the world visit the place to relax and refresh themselves from the maddening crowd of the city.

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5. Virupaksha Cave

Virupaksha Cave

2 km from city center 5 out of 9 Places To Visit in Thiruvannamalai

This unique cave aashram is in the shape of the Hindu symbol OM. The cave is situated atop a small peak in the Arunachala Hill, nearly 200 feet below the Skandasram cave.

6. Tiruamalai

Tiruamalai

41 km from city center 6 out of 9 Places To Visit in Thiruvannamalai

On the outskirts of the town, lies this beautiful temple complex which has four Jain temples, 3 Jain caves. It also houses a 16 feet tall statue of Mahavira erected in 12th century AD and is the tallest Jain statue in India.

7. Mamara Guhai

Mamara Guhai

1 km from city center 7 out of 9 Places To Visit in Thiruvannamalai

Literally translated, Mamara Guhai means the 'Tree Caves'. This is a religious spot in the hilly terrain of Thiruvannamalai. It is believed that this is the cave where the mystic saint Sri Ramana Maharishi carried out penances and meditation for six years.

8. Skandashramam

Skandashramam

2 km from city center 8 out of 9 Places To Visit in Thiruvannamalai

Close to the Arunachaleshwar temple and the Ramana Ashram, this is one of the caves where the saint Ramana spent his period of stay in Thiruvannamalai. In order to reach this destination, one needs to trek a long way. The view from the top is definitely worth it.

9. Seshadri Swamigal Ashram

Seshadri Swamigal Ashram

2 km from city center 9 out of 9 Places To Visit in Thiruvannamalai

Located near Ramana Aashram, this aashram has a history of its own! Mahan Sri Seshadri Swamigal was a 20th century saint who had displayed majestic powers.

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Arunchalaeswarar Temple

Nestled amidst the tiruvannamalai hill lies a majestic jewel of the ancient world, the arunchalaeswarar temple. its towering presence stands tall, reaching towards the heavens with a grandeur that takes your breath away. it is a masterpiece of art and architecture, a sacred site that has withstood the passage of time and remains an enduring symbol of spiritual devotion and religious fervour..

The temple's aura is truly magical, as the air is filled with the gentle whispers of sacred chants and the fragrance of flowers and incense wafts on the breeze, awakening your senses and immersing you in a world of divine transcendence. The temple's walls are adorned with intricate carvings and paintings, each a masterpiece in its own right, depicting the legends and stories of ancient dynasties and kingdoms that once ruled these lands. At the heart of the temple lies the Annamalaiyar Lingam, the embodiment of Lord Shiva and a sublime symbol of the cosmic energy that binds the universe together. It is a mystical presence that radiates profound spiritual energy, infusing all those who come into its proximity with an overwhelming sense of devotion and reverence. The Karthigai Deepam festival, held annually during the month of Karthigai, is a celebration of the triumph of light over darkness, an enchanting spectacle that lights up the night sky and fills the hearts of visitors with joy and wonder. The lighting of the enormous lamp atop the hill is a visual that is etched forever in the minds of all who witness it, a symphony of light and colour that inspires awe and wonder. The history of the temple is steeped in legend and lore, a rich tapestry of myth and reality that stretches back to the Chola dynasty in the 9th century. The Vijayanagara Empire and the Nayakkars have contributed to the temple's magnificence, adding to its grandeur and splendour, and transforming it into the sublime masterpiece we see today. The temple's design is a stunning amalgamation of several architectural styles, including Dravidian, Vijayanagara, and Chola, a beautiful fusion of art and aesthetics that is awe-inspiring in its beauty and grandeur. Every corner of the temple is adorned with exquisite carvings and sculptures that reflect a bygone era of kings and warriors and an age of grand temples and extravagant celebrations. The Arunchalaeswarar Temple is not just a place of worship but a veritable palace of art, a place where ancient architecture meets spiritual transcendence. Its sacred energy is palpable, filling the heart with serenity and the mind with peace, reminding all of us of the divine energy that permeates every facet of our world. The town of Tiruvannamalai, nestled at the foot of the hill, is a place of sublime beauty and tranquillity, its natural landscapes and scenic vistas providing a stunning backdrop to the temple's magnificence. The temple's location atop the hill offers a panoramic view that is simply breathtaking, a vista that exudes the beauty and majesty of the natural world and immerses you in a world of sublime wonder. The Arunchalaeswarar Temple is a work of art, a monument to the glory of ancient times, and a place of wonder and enchantment that will transport you to a world beyond time and space. It is a place of spirit and holiness, a journey of self-discovery, and an adventure that will inspire your heart and soothe your soul. Come visit this magnificent temple and experience its grandeur for yourself. It is a journey that will leave you spellbound, an experience that will touch your soul and fill your heart with joy.

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Thiruvannamalai is well-connected to major cities in Tamil Nadu and nearby states by road. There are regular bus services from Chennai, Bangalore, and other nearby cities to Thiruvannamalai.

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Tiruvannamalai Travel Guide

With its history closely knitted to the famous Annamalaiyar Temple, Tiruvannamalai is a destination that is steeped in history and spirituality. The headquarters of a district in Tamil Nadu of the same name, the city spreads in the foothills of Annamalai Hills atop which stands the divine Hindu pilgrimage destination, Arunachaleshwar Temple Kulam. Yes, the credit for major Tiruvannamalai tourism can be given to this religious place that is dedicated to Lord Shiva where he worshipped in the form of a Lingam. It is believed that Lord Shiva is present here as Agni (Fire) Lingam. Here, Goddess Parvati is worshipped in the form of Unnamulaiyamman. Spreading in 10 hectares of land, this top place to visit in Tiruvannamalai has not only made its mark as one of the largest temples in India but it boasts housing the tallest Gopuram (Spire) in the country at 66 m. It is indeed a good idea to visit Tiruvannamalai during the Brahmotsavam, which is basically the celebration of four prime festivals between November and December each year. A large deepam (earthen lamp) containing three tons of Ghee (class of clarified butter) lit in the celebration of Karthikai Deepam is the major attraction when visiting during the festival.

Another must-see during the Karthikai Festival is the traditional Cattle Fair, which is a 4-day fair in which 20,000 animals are brought for trade. Apart from the temple, Tiruvannamalai has three Ashrams - Sri Seshadri Swamigal Ashram, Yogi Ram Surathkumar Ashram, and Sri Ramana Ashram. All three ashrams are special in their own way, however, the Yogi Ram Surathkumar Ashram is said to even offer an unparalleled visual treat. It is, in fact, is considered one of the most beautiful places in Tiruvannamalai. The existence of such spiritual destinations creates a beautiful aura of the city, somewhere you can visit to enjoy a very soulful holiday by seeking the blessing of the Almighty. Other than a pilgrimage, one can relish a day nature outing to Sathanur dam, some 35 km from Tiruvannamalai. The dam is ideal to have that pleasant little picnic with friends and family amidst scenic settings. There is also a crocodile farm and mini zoo to add to the fun. Tiruvannamalai also has two attractions for its visitors situated at a short distance away - Padaveedu Village also known as the village of temples and Javadu Hills. Tour My India has the best Tiruvannamalai travel guide that proffers detailed information on top attractions, activities, transportation, weather and accommodation options.

Best Time to Visit Tiruvannamalai

Thiruvannamalai's topography is plain, which makes it another hot and humid destination in South India. Therefore, winter season is an ideal time to visit Tiruvannamalai as the weather then becomes pleasantly cool, if not cold. Also, the winter months bring with them a lot of festivals that as a traveller you must witness.

Summer

The summer season in Tiruvannamalai can be uncomfortable for anyone visiting the city. The temperature ranges between 40°C and 45*°C, which construes sweltering summer that is not particularly ideal for sightseeing tour. However, since the city is a pilgrimage centre, devotees throng in summer as well.

Monsoon

Mid-June marks the southwest monsoon in Tiruvannamalai which lasts until the month of September. During these months, the city receives scanty rainfall that brings the temperature down slightly. The average range of temperature during these monsoon months is from 35°C to 40°C. With the rain, humidity level also increases making it slightly inconvenient to head out for exploring.

Winter

Ideally, the best time to visit, the winter season begins in Thiruvannamalai in the month of December. The temperature during this time drops up to 25°C on an average, which keeps the weather quite pleasant to visit.

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Popular Tourist Attractions in & around Thiruvannamalai

Thiruvannamalai boasts of its religious attractions and especially Annamalaiyar Temple. Indeed, it is the sacred spiritual aura that draws people to this destination in Tamil Nadu. Those looking for getaway to a scenic place around the city, also has some incredible options like Javadu Hills.

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Arunachaleshwar Temple Kulam

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Arunachaleshwar Temple is the major attraction of Thiruvannamalai. It is amongst the largest temples in India with an area of 10 hectares, and it also boasts having the tallest Gopuram of the height of 66 m.

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Sri Seshadri Swamigal Ashram

Dedicated to Sri Seshadri Swamigal, this ashram is one of the most holy places to visit in Thiruvannamalai. The ashram has a Samadhi and a temple where one can pray and find that much-needed peace of mind. One can also meditate here and learn about the Vedas.

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Yogi Ram Surathkumar Ashram

Reckoned to be one of the most beautiful places in Thiruvannamalai, the sacred ashram is also known as Visiri Samiyar Ashram. The green statue of the Swamiji is the main attraction of the temple, however, visitors have a good opportunity to get teaching of the Vedas.

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Sri Ramana Ashram

Placed amidst a scenic setting, Sri Ramana Ashram is a perfect destination in Thiruvannamalai to meditate and find inner peace. One can also relish delicious Satvic meals at this Ashram. There is also a library in the Ashram which contains unique and rare books.

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Sathanur dam

A perfect destination for picnics just a short distance away from Thiruvannamalai city, Sathanur Dam can be visited on a day trip with friends and family. The adjoining area of the dam is adorned with pretty places that are lush green. There is also a crocodile farm and a zoo in the proximity of the dam.

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Also known as the village of temples, Padaveedu is located at a short distance of 35 km from Thiruvannamalai. Apart from its big and small temples, visitors have the chance to witness the remnants of the 13th century palace of the Sambuvarayars who were chieftains of the Chola Empire.

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Javadu Hills

In order to find the best of nature around Thiruvannamalai, head some 75 km from the city to witness the majestic Javadu Hills area. Adorned with scenic hills, the area houses must-see attractions like Beema Falls, Komutteri Lake, Kavalur Observatory, Amirthi Forest, and the Glass House.

Where to Stay in Tiruvannamalai?

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Thiruvannamalai as a religious destination and a developing city has several avenues for the accommodation of the visitors. Ranging from budget to luxury hotels, the city has a decent number of places to stay. Most of the properties in Thiruvannamalai offers the options of online booking making it easy for visitors to secure a room in the hotel of one choice.

How to Reach Tiruvannamalai?

Railways connect Thiruvannamalai with other major destinations in India, however, the city also boasts good road connectivity as well. The nearest airport from Thiruvannamalai is at Pondicherry which is some 87 km away. Thus, the best way to reach Thiruvannamalai is by railways as the connectivity is quite good.

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The nearest airport from Thiruvannamalai is at Pondicherry at a distance of some 87 km. Another important airport close to the city is at Chennai, which is around 155 km away.

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Thiruvannamalai Railway Station boasts a brilliant connectivity with major cities and areas of the country. There are trains to all the directions in India, making it the best way to reach the city.

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Thiruvannamalai is well-connected by National Highways and State Highways. NH-77 and SH-9A and 6 connect Thiruvannamalai with other cities in India. Tamil Nadu state roadways corporation offers a good connectivity with other major towns and cities of the state.

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Arunachalam Temple in Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu

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The Arunachaleswara Temple, located in Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, is one of the most revered and ancient temples in South India. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is not only a significant religious site but also a place of immense historical and architectural importance. In this detailed travel guide, we’ll explore everything you need to know about visiting the Arunachalam Temple.

Arunachalam Temple History

1. Ancient Origins :

  • The origins of the temple are steeped in mythology and legend. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva manifested as a column of fire, or “Arunachala,” on the sacred Arunachala Hill in Thiruvannamalai.
  • The temple is thus believed to be one of the Pancha Bhoota Sthalams, representing the element of fire (Agni). This is an integral concept in Hinduism, where Lord Shiva is associated with various natural elements.

2. Historical Records :

  • The temple’s existence and significance are mentioned in several ancient Tamil texts and scriptures, including the Tamil Sangam literature. These texts date back over 2,000 years.
  • Inscriptions on temple walls provide evidence of the temple’s construction, renovation, and patronage by various dynasties over the centuries.

3. Chola Dynasty :

  • The Arunachaleswara Temple saw significant growth and development during the reign of the Chola dynasty, one of the most powerful and influential dynasties in South India. The Cholas made substantial contributions to the temple’s architecture and expansion.

4. Vijayanagara Empire :

  • During the Vijayanagara Empire’s rule in the 15th century, the temple received royal patronage and underwent further renovations and enhancements.
  • It was during this period that the famous Thousand-Pillar Mandapam inside the temple complex was constructed, showcasing intricate stone carvings and impressive architecture.

5. Renovations and Contributions :

  • Over the centuries, various dynasties and rulers, including the Nayaks of Madurai and the Marathas, made contributions to the temple’s upkeep and expansion.
  • The temple complex underwent renovations and additions, maintaining its grandeur and significance.

6. Ramana Maharshi Connection :

  • In the 20th century, the Arunachaleswara Temple gained prominence due to its association with the great sage Ramana Maharshi. Ramana Maharshi spent a significant part of his life in Thiruvannamalai, meditating on Arunachala Hill and inspiring countless devotees.

7. Present-Day Significance :

  • Today, the Arunachaleswara Temple remains a vital pilgrimage site for devotees of Lord Shiva. It attracts thousands of pilgrims and tourists every year, especially during festivals like Karthigai Deepam and Maha Shivaratri.
  • The temple continues to be a center of spirituality, culture, and architectural splendor, serving as a reminder of its ancient heritage.

Main Attractions :

  • Arunachala Hill : The temple is set against the backdrop of the sacred Arunachala Hill, which is believed to be an embodiment of Lord Shiva. Devotees often perform a circumambulation of the hill as a form of worship.
  • Thousand-Pillar Mandapam : Inside the temple complex, you’ll find the Thousand-Pillar Mandapam, a marvel of stone-carving featuring intricately sculpted pillars.
  • Girivalam : Pilgrims often engage in Girivalam, a ritualistic walk around the base of Arunachala Hill, which is considered highly auspicious, especially during full moon nights.

Arunachalam Temple Timings :

1. Temple Opening Time :

  • The temple typically opens early in the morning, usually around 5:30 AM.

2. Morning Worship and Darshan :

  • The morning worship rituals, including the abhishekam (ritual bath) of the main deity, Lord Arunachaleswara (Lord Shiva), take place in the morning.
  • Devotees can have darshan of the deity during this time, which usually begins around 5:30 AM to 6:00 AM and continues until around 12:30 PM.

3. Midday Break :

  • There is a midday break during which the temple closes to visitors. This break typically lasts for a few hours, usually from around 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM or 4:00 PM.

4. Evening Worship and Darshan :

  • The evening worship and darshan resume after the midday break, usually around 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM.
  • The temple remains open for evening darshan until around 8:30 PM to 9:00 PM.

5. Special Pujas and Festivals :

  • On special occasions, festivals, and auspicious days, the temple may have extended hours and additional pujas. It’s advisable to check the specific schedule for such events in advance.

Festivals and Events :

  • Karthigai Deepam : The Karthigai Deepam festival, celebrated in November-December, is the most significant event at the temple. A giant lamp is lit atop Arunachala Hill, attracting thousands of devotees.
  • Maha Shivaratri : Another major festival celebrated with great enthusiasm, usually in February-March, is Maha Shivaratri. The temple sees a grand procession and special pujas during this time.

Travel Tips :

  • Dress Code : Devotees are required to dress modestly, covering their shoulders and legs when entering the temple premises.
  • Footwear : Shoes are not allowed inside the temple complex. There are designated areas to leave your footwear.
  • Photography : Photography is usually not allowed inside the temple. Respect the rules and the sanctity of the place.

How to Reach :

  • By Air : The nearest airport is Chennai International Airport (approx. 190 km). You can hire a taxi or take a bus to Thiruvannamalai from the airport.
  • By Train : Thiruvannamalai has its railway station, well-connected to major cities. You can take a train from Chennai or other major towns in Tamil Nadu.
  • By Road : Thiruvannamalai is accessible by road from Chennai and other nearby cities. You can take a bus or hire a taxi.

Visiting the Arunachaleswara Temple is not just a pilgrimage but also an opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich spiritual and cultural heritage of South India. The serene atmosphere and architectural marvels make it a must-visit destination for travelers interested in history, spirituality, and architecture. You may also plan to visit the tourist attractions near Arunachalam

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At a distance of 83 km from Vellore, 120 km from Kanchipuram, 195 km from Chennai, and 204 km from Bangalore, the Arunachaleswara Temple is a sacred Hindu shrine situated at Thiruvannamalai near Kanchi in Tamilnadu. It is one of the greatest Shaiva places of pilgrimage in South India and among the most popular temples to visit near Bangalore & Chennai. Also known as Annamalaiyar Temple, Arunachala Temple is a breathtaking temple complex dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple was constructed by Vijayanagara kings between 16th and the 17th centuries. It is significant to the Hindu sect of Saivism as it is one of the pancha bhoota sthalams, which are dedicated to the manifestation of five natural elements. Legend has it that the Lord has manifested himself as an element of fire or Agni in this temple. The temple is believed to be the eighth-largest Hindu temple in the world, and among the must include places in Kanchi tour packages . Spread over 25 acres, Arunachaleswarar Temple is an imposing structure built in the traditional Dravidian style of architecture. It boasts four gateway towers known as gopurams, each of which is encompassed with mandapams, shrines, and enclosures, decorated with finely carved sculptures and pillars. The eastern tower with 11 storeys, stands at a height of 66 m and is one of the largest temple towers in India. Shiva is worshiped as Arunachalesvara or Annamalaiyar, and is represented by the lingam, with his idol referred to as Agni lingam. His consort Parvati is depicted as Unnamalai Amman. It is said that visiting this temple and offering prayers with a clean heart will absolve one's sins. Brahmotsavam celebrated in the Tamil months of Karthikai (between November and December) is the most significant festval here. Besides, Tiruvoodal which occurs around mid-January every year is another prominent festival celebrated with great enthusiasm. This festival involves worshipping Nandi, Shiva and Parvati. The deities are taken out of the temple to enact the love tiff (also known as oodai) in the evening. Timings: 5:30 AM to 9:30 PM.

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One of the 5 main Shaivite holy places in South India, the Arunachala Hill in Tiruvannamalai is the most popular tourist site in the area.

Arunachala Hill

This sacred hill is located in the temple town of Tiruvanamalai, and geologists claim that it is one of the oldest mountains in the world. The Annamalaiyar Temple, a temple of Lord Shiva is located at the base of the hill. The hill is also known by the names Annamalai, Arunagiri, Arunachalam, Arunai, Sonagiri, and Sonachalam. Many sages and saints are drawn to this mountain owing to the sacred and spiritual nature of the place. Usually temples are found at the very top of a hill and hold a sacred place in the hearts of devotees, but it is only here in Tiruvannamalai an entire hill is considered sacred and worshipped as a symbol of Lord Shiva, or a lingam .

Girivalam is an ancient tradition performed by devotees, that involves circumambulating the holy Arunachala Hill in Tiruvannamalai. The Girivalam Road is a 14 km long route, with 8 different lingams en route.  Girivalam is usually done every Full Moon day, and lakhs of devotees partake in this spiritual walk.

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Arunachalam Temple | Timings, Festivals & History

Arunachalam Temple, also called Tiruvannamalai Temple, is in Tiruvannamalai of Tamilnadu. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Amongst five panchabhoota stalam, one is this temple, and Agni is the panchabhoota present here. Arunachalam temple timings are from 9 am to 5 pm. Karthigai Deepam is a significant celebration here. The entire temple is decorated with lighting on that day.

History of Arunachalam Temple

  • 1.0.1 Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma
  • 1.1 Legend of the Arunachalam Temple
  • 1.2 Deities of Temple
  • 1.3.1 Darshan Timings
  • 1.3.2 Daily Poojas
  • 1.3.3 Services Details of Tiruvannamalai Temple
  • 1.4 Monthly Rituals
  • 1.5.1 Tai Poosam
  • 1.5.2 Arudra Darisanam
  • 1.5.3 Tiruvoodal
  • 1.5.4 Karthigai Deepam
  • 1.6 Facilities for Devotees at the Temple
  • 1.7 Tourist’s Places near Arunachalam Temple
  • 1.8.1 Tiruvannamalai Temple Contact Details
  • 1.9 How to reach Arunachalam Temple
  • 1.10.1 Related Posts

Sri Krishna Devaraya, the King of the Vijayanagara dynasty, built a 41-meter tall and 30-meter-wide temple tower from 1509 A.D – 1529 A.D. The Eastern gateway gopuram, Vallala gopuram, is named after King Ballala of Hoysala. King Ballala made Thiruvannamalai his capital city. The temple consists of 5 prakarams, built at different periods.

Arunachalam Temple timings

The first and second prakarams are unavailable—the third prakaram was built in the 12th century, and the fourth and fifth were built in the 16th century. Hoysala and Vijayanagara culture resembles the temple’s architecture, paintings, and carvings. The kings of Nayak also contributed to the temple’s renovation contributed by the Kings of Nayak.

Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma

Vishnu takes the boar avatar and digs deep into the earth to find the origin of the flames and fails. Brahma takes the avatar of the swan and tries to reach the top. He meets a mobile and a cow on his way and asks them to support him in his lies. He then lies to Lord Shiva that he has reached the top.

Displeased with this act of Brahma, Shiva curses him that there will be no idols for him. Lord Shiva also curses Mogili that it is unfit to be used in prayers, and seeing a cow in the early morning should be considered wrong. Upon the request of Vishnu and Brahma, take the form of Arunachala hill to benefit humankind.

Legend of the Arunachalam Temple

According to the legend, once the goddess Parvati was in a playful mood and closed Lord Shiva’s eyes as soon as she closed eyes, the entire universe fell into darkness. Goddess Parvati asks for his forgiveness and expiates.

As per the orders of Lord Shiva, she went to Kanchipuram and worked on her amendment. From there, she goes to the Iruvannamalai hills near Tiruvannamalai. Over there, she kills the demon Mahishasura and organizes a grand festival on Karthigai.

Impressed with her act, Lord Shiva is a cosmic flame on the hill. Shiva wants to prove his supremacy, so he seems like a substantial, blazing cosmic pillar. He also challenges Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma to discover the fire’s start and end.

Deities of Temple

  • Shiva as Annamalaiar
  • Parvati Devi

Arunachalam Temple Timings

Here are the Arunachalam Temple Timings.

Darshan Timings

These are Darshan’s timings.

Daily Poojas

These are Daily Pooja Timings.

Services Details of Tiruvannamalai Temple

These are services provided by the temple.

Monthly Rituals

  • Amavasya (new moon day)
  • Pournami (full moon day): Performing Girivalam on Pournami day is highly beneficial. Thousands of devotees perform Girivalam right from early morning to midnight.

The festival, which occurs in Tai (Jan 15 through Feb 15), is also significant.

Arudra Darisanam

the month of Margazhi (Dec 15 through Jan 15) is a celebration of the cosmic dance of Shiva.

A mock quarrel between Annamalaiyaar and Unnamulai Amman is enacted in the presence of Sundaramoorthy Nayanaar in Tiruvoodal Street. This street has been earmarked for this annual event.

Karthigai Deepam

Karthigai Deepam, or Karthikai Vilakkidu, is a festival of lights observed by Hindus of Tamil Nadu, Sri Lanka, and Kerala. It falls in the month of Karttikai, as per the Tamil calendar.

Facilities for Devotees at the Temple

  • Golden Chariot
  • Tonsure Facility
  • Thulabharam Facility
  • Library Facility
  • Wheel Chair
  • Battery Car
  • Drinking Water R.O.
  • Information Centre

Tourist’s Places near Arunachalam Temple

  • Shri Nirudhi Lingam
  • Sri Lakshmi Narayani Golden Temple
  • Varuna Lingam
  • Indira Lingam
  • Vellore Fort, Tamil Nadu
  • Talakona Waterfall
  • Jalakandeswarar Temple, Vellore
  • Gingee Fort
  • Ammani Amman Gopuram (Vadakku)
  • Sri Ramanasramam
  • Virupaksha Cave
  • Thirunallar Temple  

Hotels near Arunachalam Temple

  • Hotel Comfort Inn
  • Sarvesha Residency
  • SDD Residency
  • Sri Ramana Bhavanam
  • Hotel Arunachala
  • Arpanaa Hotels
  • SwathiSri Residency
  • Aakash Temple View Hotel

Tiruvannamalai Temple Contact Details

  • Address:  Sannathi Stree, Pavazhakundur, Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu 606601
  • Phone Number: 04175 252 438
  • Arunachalam Temple: Website

How to reach Arunachalam Temple

Travelling Instructions:

  • You can go from Chennai and Villupuram to Tiruvannamalai temple. Villupuram is just 61 km away from Thiruvannamalai.
  • Daily trains will be available. Special trains are also available from Chennai to Tiruvannamalai and connected to Tamilnadu.
  • You can also go by vehicle; it is 207 km from Chennai, and it takes 3 hours and 45 mins to reach Tiruvannamalai. By minibus, it takes 4 hours and 30 minutes.

The Airport is near Pondicherry, about 89 km away. Chennai is also close to the Airport and the temple.

The Thomas Mount station is near the temple. Tiruvannamalai railway station is also near.

Thiruvannamalai is well connected by bus service to neighbouring cities.

It is significant to the Hindu sect of Shaivism as one of the temples associated with the five elements, the Pancha Bhoota Stalas, and precisely the element of fire, or Agni.

 Lord Arunachaleeshwarar.

Tiruvannamalai district.

Thomas Mount station is near the temple.

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Arunachalam Temple, also known as Thiruvannamalai Temple. It is said that the temple was built during the Chola dynasty. It was ruled over South India from the 9th to 13th centuries.

In this article, we will delve into the history, rituals, and the all-important Arunachalam Temple timings, allowing you to plan your visit to this divine haven.

Table of Contents

  • 1.1 A Spiritual Oasis in the South
  • 2 Worship at Arunachalam Temple: 
  • 3 Festivals and Celebrations:
  • 4 Exploring the Temple Architecture:
  • 5 Arunachalam Temple Timings:
  • 6 Visiting Tips for Devotees:
  • 7.1 Local Cuisine and Restaurants
  • 7.2 Accommodation Options
  • 7.3 Exploring the Surroundings
  • 8 Preservation and Restoration Efforts:
  • 9 Cultural and Artistic Offerings:
  • 10 arunachalam temple nearest railway station:
  • 11 how to reach arunachalam temple:
  • 12 hotels near arunachalam temple:
  • 13 arunachalam temple accommodation:

Arunachalam Temple History: 

The architecture and inscriptions in the temple reveal the patronage of various dynasties and empires, including the Vijayanagara and Nayak rulers.

A Spiritual Oasis in the South

The temple is situated at the base of the sacred Annamalai Hill, which is also known as Arunachala Hill. This holy hill is believed to be a manifestation of Lord Shiva himself, making the entire region spiritually charged. The serene atmosphere and the sight of the imposing hill have drawn sages, saints, and seekers for centuries.

Worship at Arunachalam Temple: 

The main deity, Lord Arunachaleswara, is the presiding deity of the temple, and the Goddess Unnamulai Amman is worshipped as a form of Shakti. The temple offers various rituals and pujas that allow devotees to connect with the divine.

Festivals and Celebrations:

One of the most significant is the Karthigai Deepam festival, which involves lighting a massive lamp on the Annamalai Hill, visible for miles around. The temple’s festivities during this festival are a spectacle to behold.

Exploring the Temple Architecture:

The architecture of the Arunachalam Temple is a marvel in itself. It features intricate carvings, towering gopurams (entrance towers), and mandapams (halls). The temple’s four Rajagopurams are a sight to behold, each representing a unique architectural style.

Arunachalam Temple Timings:

Before planning your visit, it’s crucial to know the temple timings. The temple is open early morning to late evening. Devotees can visit the temple during the following times…

Morning: 5:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Evening: 3:30 PM to 9:30 PM

It’s advisable to check with the temple authorities for any updates.

Visiting Tips for Devotees:

  • To ensure a smooth and fulfilling visit, here are some tips for devotees:
  • Arrive early to avoid crowds.
  • Dress modestly and remove your footwear before entering the temple.
  • Photography might be restricted in certain areas.
  • It’s recommended to hire a local guide to explore the temple’s history and significance.

The Significance of Girivalam:

Girivalam, the circumambulation of the Annamalai Hill, is a sacred ritual performed by devotees. The path around the hill is approximately 14 kilometers long, and it’s believed that walking this path during a full moon has spiritual significance. Many devotees undertake this journey with deep devotion and faith.

Local Cuisine and Restaurants

After a day of spiritual experiences, you can savor the local cuisine of Tamil Nadu. The town of Thiruvannamalai offers a variety of eateries where you can relish South Indian delicacies, from dosas to biryanis. Don’t forget to try the filter coffee – a specialty in this part of India.

Accommodation Options

For pilgrims and tourists, there are several accommodation options in and around Thiruvannamalai. You can choose from budget-friendly lodges to more comfortable hotels. Many ashrams also offer accommodation for those seeking a spiritual retreat.

Exploring the Surroundings

Beyond the temple, Thiruvannamalai offers picturesque landscapes and other attractions, including the Sathanur Dam and the Ramana Ashram. Exploring these places can add a new dimension to your visit.

Preservation and Restoration Efforts:

The temple’s age and significance require ongoing maintenance and restoration. Several organizations and devotees are actively involved in preserving this architectural wonder and its cultural heritage.

Cultural and Artistic Offerings:

Arunachalam Temple also serves as a hub for cultural and artistic events. Classical music and dance performances are held here, showcasing the rich cultural traditions of South India .

arunachalam temple nearest railway station:

The nearest railway station to Arunachalam Temple is the “Tiruvannamalai Railway Station.” This station provides convenient access to the temple town and is the primary railway link for visitors traveling to Arunachalam Temple by train.

how to reach arunachalam temple:

To reach Arunachalam Temple, you can follow these transportation options:

By Train: The nearest railway station to Arunachalam Temple is the “Tiruvannamalai Railway Station.”

By Bus: You can take a bus to the Tiruvannamalai Bus Stand. From the bus stand, you can hire a taxi or use public transportation to reach the temple.

By Air: The nearest major airport is Chennai International Airport, which is approximately 170 kilometers away from Tiruvannamalai.

By Car: If you’re driving to Arunachalam Temple, you can use a GPS navigation system to guide you to the temple.

hotels near arunachalam temple:

There are several hotels and accommodation options near Arunachalam Temple in Tiruvannamalai to suit various budgets and preferences. Here are a few of them:

Arunai Anantha Resort: This is a comfortable resort located close to the temple. It offers a serene atmosphere and modern amenities for a pleasant stay.

Sparsa Resort: Sparsa Resort is a luxury option that provides a peaceful and luxurious experience. It’s known for its excellent services and beautiful surroundings.

Aakash Inn: Aakash Inn is a budget-friendly hotel offering clean and simple rooms. It’s a convenient choice for travelers looking for economical options.

Ramas Residency: Ramas Residency is a mid-range hotel with comfortable rooms and a restaurant serving South Indian cuisine.

Shivani Residency: This hotel is known for its friendly staff and clean rooms. It offers a hassle-free stay at reasonable rates.

Arunai Anantha Hotel: Arunai Anantha Hotel is a well-located budget hotel with basic amenities and comfortable rooms.

Please note that it’s advisable to make reservations in advance, especially during peak pilgrimage seasons or festivals, as accommodations near Arunachalam Temple tend to fill up quickly.

arunachalam temple accommodation:

Arunachalam Temple offers various accommodation options for devotees and visitors who wish to stay within the temple premises. Here are the main types of accommodations available:

Dharmashalas: The temple has its own dharmashalas or guesthouses where devotees can stay. These are simple and affordable lodging options, often run by the temple trust. They are a convenient choice for those seeking a spiritually immersive experience.

Choultries: Choultries are similar to dharmashalas and provide basic accommodations. They are usually economical and suitable for pilgrims on a budget.

Ashrams: Some ashrams in Tiruvannamalai offer accommodation facilities. Staying in an ashram can provide a more holistic experience, with opportunities for spiritual activities and guidance.

Hotels and Resorts: These range from budget to luxury options, offering a wider array of services and amenities.

Homestays: Local families offer rooms in their homes, providing an opportunity to experience the local culture and hospitality.

  • When is the best time to visit Arunachalam Temple?

The temple is beautiful year-round, but many prefer visiting during the Karthigai Deepam festival.

  • What should I wear when visiting the temple?

Modest clothing is recommended, and it’s customary to remove your footwear before entering the temple.

  • Are there guided tours available at the temple?

Yes, you can hire local guides to learn more about the temple’s history and significance.

  • What is the significance of Girivalam?

Girivalam, the circumambulation of the Annamalai Hill, is believed to have spiritual significance, especially during a full moon.

Plan your visit to Arunachalam Temple and experience the spiritual and cultural riches of this enchanting place.

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    Javadu Hills. In order to find the best of nature around Thiruvannamalai, head some 75 km from the city to witness the majestic Javadu Hills area. Adorned with scenic hills, the area houses must-see attractions like Beema Falls, Komutteri Lake, Kavalur Observatory, Amirthi Forest, and the Glass House.

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