Arunachaleshwara Temple

Arunachaleshwara Temple, Thiruvannamalai

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plpalani
Mumbai, India1,502 contributions
Huge temple
Mar 2020 • Couples
Quite an experience to visit this temple yesterday on Maha pradosam day. The big Nandi at the entrance was showered with milk abhisegam and it was a ritual to watch. The temple towers are real towering
Written 7 March 2020
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Sachin Pitale
Virar, India19 contributions
Architecture marvel
Feb 2020 • Friends
This temple is an absolute beauty of architectural marvel of south india. The gopurams or the entry gates on all four sides of the temple are majestic. The entire premises is full of positive energy and serene calmness.
One should surely visit such a place as it is older than even our great grand father's and the vibrations of this temple are unique.
The temple is in the centre of TIRUVANNAMALAI city and is the main landmark for travel and directions in the city.
Written 17 February 2020
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Karthik Ramachandran
Bengaluru, India204 contributions
Exquisite Temple with Rich History
Jan 2020 • Family
Visited Shri Arunachaleswarar Temple with family. After a 4-hour drive from Bangalore, the first thing you will see is how big the
Temple is. Parking is available around the temple complex, but better to find one closer to the gopuram entrance which makes the walk to entrance easy in the heat.

On entrance, you may be frisked, asked to have your bags checked at entrance. There is a free darshan, special darshans at 50. There are touts who help you to break queues. It is up to you to decide what you want to do.

The diety is in the form of a linga, and is the Agni (fire) sthalam (place) of lord Shiva. It is said that praying to lord Shiva here will rid one of their egos and makes the person humble and successful. Goddess Parvathi is in the form of Unnamulai Amman in a second precinct.
Written 5 February 2020
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Amit J
Kolkata (Calcutta), India821 contributions
One of the grandest temple in India
Jan 2020
We were staying in Pondicherry for 5 days and decided to visit this temple on one of the days. It took us approx. 2 hours from Pondy and road condition was good.
Built in the 8th Century, this is one of the grandest temples in India with a huge temple complex. The main shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva (Arunachaleshwara) and the Lingam is also called as Agni Lingam. The second shrine inside the temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati (Unnamalai Amman). The temple is one of the finest pieces of artwork from our history and has some very fine carvings on the walls and pillars. It has 6 towers (Gopurams), with the eastern tower being the third highest temple tower in the world. Another highlight in the complex is the thousand pillars hall on the Southern side of the temple.
If you are in the area, then visiting Arunachaleshvara temple is highly recommended.
Written 28 January 2020
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Vipin Arora
Lucknow, India5,917 contributions
Majestic
Jan 2020 • Solo
The great Annamalaiyar temple in Tiruvannamalai is around 1000 years old . Very majestic with the main gopuram being 27 feet high . The temple is spread over 25 acres and has out of the world deities of Lord Siva and Amman
Written 21 January 2020
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M S P
Vadodara, India974 contributions
THE ANCIENT SOURCE OF POSITIVE ENERGY: Arulmigu Arunachaleswarar Temple,
Oct 2019
Constructed some 1200 years ago, this is one of the oldest Shiva temples, has a very vast campus, tall glorious Gopurams (gates), nicely decorated with legendry sculptures. This marvelous temple is located at the foot of the Arunachalam Hill, this hill being a form of Lord Shiva himself. Bhagvan Ramana Maharshi, from his childhood days called this hill as Father Arunachalam, who was attracting him. So when boy Ramana left his home to do penance on this hill, he stayed at this temple for few months.
The temple complex is very nicely managed. Very clean premises with beautiful artistic sculptural work on every wall and pillars give a pious vibration. Toilets are in a remote corner and very clean and decent. Drinking water facility is appropriate. Devotees can have lunch as a Prasadam, a queue was formed near the dining hall at lunch time. As we had to proceed further to Ramana Ashram, instead of standing in queue, we purchased nutritious laddu and coconut prasadam as our lunch, from a stall in premises.
Not only the Devotees of God Shiva, but all Hindu have to visit this temple at least once in a life time, to experience the energy and vibrations of this holy place, which words can’t express.
Written 11 January 2020
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Maheswari N
161 contributions
Divine and magnificent
Jan 2020
Annamalaiyar temple. Powerful,divine and full of postive vibrations. View of the sacred hill from the temple is great. The temple is maintained very clean. Annamalaiyar and unnamalai Amman shrines are splendid with magnificent artworks and sculptures. Don’t forget to visit pathala lingam where ramana Maharishi did penance. Kambathu illaiyanar shrine is also a must visit inside the temple. This is where Lord Muruga gave darshan for arunagirinathar. Must visit temple for everyone.
Written 2 January 2020
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VKR
Chennai (Madras), India139 contributions
Went to Karthigai Deepam 10 days festivals days.
Dec 2019
One of the largest Hindu Lord Shiva temple. People says... thinking Thiruvannamalai.. gives "Motchaaa". I had been there for 1 days to see 5 Rathas. It is really >>>Divines experiences.
Written 23 December 2019
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ramachandra mur... G
Tirupati, India3 contributions
COSMIC CENTRE
Dec 2019
You will experience high Energy levels at all places in side the temple premises.I have meditated in Unnamalai Amman Temple and it was great experience.You will be exported to unknown universe with abundant peace in feel.A powerful Spiritual Destination to visit any number of times as per their luck and fate.
Written 17 December 2019
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Valavanur Natar... K
Chennai (Madras), India536 contributions
A write up on Arunchaleswarar Temple cekebrating Karthigai Deepam in Thiruvannamalai Viilipuram Dist Tamil.Nad
Nov 2019 • Couples
A write up on Arunchaleswarar Temple cekebrating Karthigai Deepam

Karthika Deepam is a festival of lights that is observed by Hindus of Tamil Nadu in the month of Kārttikai of Tamil calendar. It falls on the day when the moon is in conjunction with the constellation Karthigai (star)and pournami. 

There are six celestial stars considered in Indian mythology as the six celestial nymphs who reared the six babies in the Saravana tank which later were joined together to form the six faced Muruga.

They are Dula, Nitatni, Abhrayanti, Varshayanti, Meghayanti and Chipunika. He is called  karthika the incarnation of Lord Shiva as his second son after Lord Ganesha.

It is believed that Lord Shiva created Muruga from his 3rd eye of six primary faces Tatpurusam, Aghoram, Sadyojatam, Vamadevam, Eesanam,  Adhomukam .It is believed that the six forms made into six children and each of them brought up by the six Karthigai nymphs and later merged into one by his mother Parvathi .The Lord Muruga is portrayed with his six plays and worshiped with six names.

As the six nymphs helped in growing the child, Lord shiva blessed immortality to the six nymphs as ever living stars on the sky.

Any worship performed to this six stars is equal to worshiping Lord Muruga himself.

They are worshiped by lighting up rows of oil lamps (Deepams) in the evening of the festival day around the houses and streets. Karthikai Deepam is also known as Kartikeya, or Muruga's birthday.

This festival finds reference in Sangam literatire like Akananuru and the poems of Avvaiyar .Karthigai is referred in Sangam literature as Peruvizha.

According to hindu mythology , Lord Shiva  appeared as an endless flame of light before Lord Vishnu  and Lord Brahma , who each considered himself supreme and said that the matter could be tested if the two could search for Lord Shiva's Head and feet.

Lord Vishnu took the form of a boar and delved deep into the earth. Lord Brahma tool a form of a swan and flew towards the skies.

Lord Vishnu failed in his search and returned. But Lord Brahma, chancing upon a piece of Tjazhambu a flower and learnt from it, that it had been floating down for thirty thousand years from Lord Shiva's head. Seized with this information Brahma claimed to Lord Shiva that he had seen his top.

Lord Siva realized the falsehood and pronounced that there would never be a temple for Lord Brahma in this world.
He also interdicted the use of the flower Thazhambu in his worship.

Lord Shiva appeared as a flame on this day and it came to be called Karthikai Maha Deepam.Rows of Agal lamps are lit in every house.in celebration of this day .

Karthigai is essentially a festival of lamps. The lighted lamp is considered an auspicious symbol. It is believed to ward off evil forces and usher in prosperity and joy.

While the lighted lamp is important for all Hindu rituals and festivals, it is indispensable for Karthigai.

This festival is also celebrated to commemorate the bonding between brothers and sisters in south India and Sisters pray for the prosperity and success of their brothers and light lamps to mark the occasion.

Thiruvannamalai Maha Deepam will be lit at around 6 pm at the top of 2668 ft high holy mountain. The entire Mountain is looked upon as Shiva Linga. Maha Deepam will be lit using nearly 3500 kg of Ghee.

Sri Arthanareeshwara will bless devotees in the Temple at the time of lighting the Maha Deepam. The Maha Deepam will be visible around the Holy Mountain in a radius of 35 km. Lakhs of devotees will perform 16 km Girivalam (circumambulation of the holy mountain). The Moist Black Ash (what they call as 'Mai' in Tamil) that remains after the lighting of the Ghee & Cotton Wick will be distributed as Prasadam to devotees on the Marghazhi Arudra Darisanam day.
Written 8 December 2019
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