Annamalaiyar Temple


This 800m-high extinct volcano dominates Tiruvannamalai and local conceptions of the element of fire, which supposedly finds its sacred abode in Arunachala’s heart.

Who is Annamalaiyar God?

Shiva is worshiped as Arunachalesvara or Annamalaiyar, and is represented by the lingam, with his idol referred to as Agni lingam.

What is the story of Thiruvannamalai temple?

Parvati performed penance with other devotees of Shiva, and her husband appeared as a big column of fire at the top of Annamalai hills, returning light to the world. He then merged with Parvati to form Ardhanarishvara, the half-female, half-male form of Shiva.

Why is Thiruvannamalai temple famous?

Tiruvannamalai is very famous place both spiritually and historically. The temple is very unique as it is one among pancha bhooda stalam and sung by saiva kuravargal.

Who built Thiruvannamalai Arunachaleswarar Temple?

Sitting elegantly in the middle of the town is the

Why is Arunachala holy?

The story continues that, because the lingam or column of light was too dazzling to behold, Siva manifested himself instead as the Arunachala hill, declaring: As the moon derives its light from the sun, so other holy places shall derive their sanctity from Arunachala.

Is Arunachalam and Tiruvannamalai same?

The place is also known as Thiruvannamalai, also known as Arunachalam, the site of the fire. The Karthika lamp is mounted on this hill every year during the month of Karthika Tens of thousands of people are flocking to Thiruvannamalai on that day.

Which is oldest temple in India?

It is an ancient temple dedicated to the worship of the goddess Durga and is considered one of the oldest functional Hindu temples in India.
Mundeshwari Temple
Completed 635 CE Hindu inscriptions dated 4th century AD were found in the temple m.
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Can we wear Chappal during Girivalam?

Normally, girivalam is done barefoot. But if is difficult, then you can wear thick socks. Even if that is difficult, then you can wear slippers. You will have to remove them as and when you are entering any temple on the way.

Can we do Girivalam at night?

Yes, girivalam can be done by day or night. Others are usually there till about 11 pm. This is an ideal time to do it as weather is pleasant in the evening.


On Full Moon days and festival days (like Karthigai, first day of the Tamil month, Tamil New Year day) hundreds of thousands of devotees circumbulate (GIRIVALAM) the mountain and get the blessings of the Lord Arunachala.


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