Arunachaleswarar Temple at Thiruvannamalai is one of the biggest and grandest Shiva Temple in South India. It is also known as Annamalai Temple and is the home of Arunachaleswarar. The Goddess here is Unnamulai Amman. This is one of the most famous Shiva Temple in Tamilnadu.
The Shiva Temple in Tamilnadu is built grandly and has four stately towers on all the four sides and it resembles a fort.The eastern tower is known as Rajagopuram, southern tower as Thirumanjana gopuram, western as Peygopuram and northern one as Ammani amma gopuram.
The Shiva Temple is built on an area of 25 acres and is one of the biggest Shiva Temple in South India. The 1000 pillared hall and the temple tank were built by Krishna Deva Raya of Vijayanagar. Each of the prakarams has a huge Nandi and several towers such as the Vallala Maharaja Gopuram and Kili Gopuram.
Thiruvannamalai is over 100 km south of Kanchipuram and 185 km from Chennai. It is well connected by rail and road. The Arunachaleshwara Shiva Temple in Tamilnadu is one of the main attractions of tourism in south India and attracts thousands of devotees.
Thiruvannamalai Shiva Temple is mentioned in many Puranas and other Scriptures. Thiruvannamalai Temple has the reference on why Lord Shiva is worshipped in Ling Roopa (Shivlinga form)…
The distance from other towns to Thiruvannamalai
Villupuram to Thiruvannamali is about 65 kms
Katpadi to thiruvannamalai is 90 kms.
Vellore to thiruvannamali is 90 kms
Tindivanam to thiruvannamalai is 60 kms
Krishnagiri to thiruvannamalai is 100 kms.
The Annamalaiyar Temple is situated in Thiruvannamalai, in the Thiruvannamalai district in Tamil Nadu. The primary deity is Annamalaiyar (Shiva) and the consort is Unnamulai Amman (Apitakuchambaal – Parvati) in this temple. In this shrine Lord Shiva is worshiped as Arunachaleswarar or Annamalaiyar. The proper name of this shrine is Arulmigu Annamalaiyar Thirukoil and its Sanskrit transliteration is Arunachaleswara. It is situated at the base of Annamalai Hill.
This shrine is greatly associated with the five elements, the Pancha Bhoota Stalas. The most significant festival of this shrine is Karthigai Deepam. It is to be noted that a Hindu shrine dedicated to the deity Shiva is Annamalaiyar Temple. It is related to specifically the element of fire, or Agni. The shrine tank is known as Agni theertham.
The shrine belongs to Dravidian architecture style and culture. Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamil Nadu latest report state that hundreds of thousands of ardent followers plus admirers visit this shrine on Shivarathri day from the nook and corner of the world in order to worship Annamalaiyar.
The shrine remains open from early morning hours to dusk for the devotees. Ancient Hindu tradition and culture is perfectly followed in this particular shrine on grand scale. In this temple, the Hindu ardent followers plus admirers get an opportunity to perform special pujas and rituals as per the Vedic Hindu traditions and culture on the day of Shivarathri. It is strongly believed that participating in all the auspicious festivals of this shrine will get their hardest wishes fulfilled within a short span.