Arunachaleshwarar Temple in Tiruvannamalai near Chennai


There are so many famous temples in and around Chennai are there. But the one of the fore most temple is Arunachaleshwarar temple which is situated in Tiruvannamalai which is nearly 180 kms from Chennai hardly it will take 4 hours journey from Chennai. Tiruvannamalai is known as temple town of Lord Shiva which is located in Tiruvannamalai main town .

Temples around Chennai


Chennai is one the famous metropolitan city where anybody from any part of the world may visit Chennai in their day today life. We can get and buy anything from Chennai. Visiting to Chennai for all the people are just in case nowadays. There are so many famous places in Chennai and among that some of them are temples around Chennai, historical buildings in Chennai, beaches in Chennai, industries in Chennai, airport in Chennai are the most jam-packed places in Chennai. In this article the thing to be described is temples in and around in Chennai. There are so many famous temples in and around Chennai are there. But the one of the fore most temple is Arunachaleshwarar temple which is situated in Tiruvannamalai which is nearly 180 kms from Chennai hardly it will take 4 hours journey from Chennai.

Arunachaleshwarar Temple in Tiruvannamalai


Tiruvannamalai is known as temple town of Lord Shiva which is located in Tiruvannamalai main town fairly around 180 kms away from the metropolitan Chennai. Tiruvannamalai is famous for Arunachaleshwarar temple, Ramanamaharishi Ashram, Seshadhri swamy Ashram and so on. Most of the people from various part of the world are visiting Tiruvannamalai in their day today life. It has been believed that there are millions of Shiva lingams under the earth of Tiruvannamalai. Tiruvannamalai is also called as Agnisthalam of Lord Shiva. Saivams are the devotees of Lord Shiva. Great Saints like Appar, Sundarar, Thirunavukarasar and so on have visited Tiruvannamalai plead to the God Shiva with their celestial poetry. Saint Manickavasagar was be in this world at Tiruvannamalai for protracted era and given ‘Thiruvempavai’ and ‘Thiruvammanai’. SivaPuranam identifies four sacred places for obtaining deliverance. Tiruvannamalai is one among them. The consequence of this consign is that by sheer commemoration of Arunachaleshwarar gives salvation to all souls (Ninaithale Mukthi Tharum Thiruthalam).

Architecture of Arunachaleshwarar temple


Arunachaleshwarar temple was built several decades before by King Vallala Maharaja. King Vallala is proud of his performance after built the Arunachaleshwarar temple. In order to teach a lesson to king Vallala, God Shiva is refused to come out through Vallala gopuram during one of the festival. Then King Vallala prayed and realized his fault and asked Lord Shiva to forgive. The Lord Shiva came out of Vallala gopuram. This is a lesson taught by Lord Shiva to King Vallala. There are six praharams in the temple and five largest gopurams for each praharams. The main Rajagopuram is situated in front which is tallest among the five near Car Street. The other gopurams named as Peygopuram, ammani amman gopuram, Thirumanjanam gopuram. The temple has a 1000 pillar manadapam which is a hall consisting of so many pillars which is not having actually 1000 pillars. While entering the temple the immediate left is Kalabairavar Sanadhi in which Kalabairavar is present.

Praharams in Arunachaleshwarar temple


Arunachaleshwarar Temple has consists six praharams. The sixth praharam is the external prakaram. Rajagopuram, Thirumanjanam gopuram, Pei gopuram and Ammaniammal gopuram are located between sixth and fifth praharams.
The soar positioned on the eastern region sandwiched between the sixth external Praharam and fifth Praharam is the tallest of the entire tower in this temple called Raja Gopuram. It plunks in marvelous decorum at the base of Thiru Annamalai Hill above looking the town with its enormous tallness and attractiveness. It is 217 feet in altitude with 11 storeys. This is the second tallest temple tower in South India.The Raja Gopuram, built by Krishnadevaraya who is a generous and kind king with the sculptured painting during his era.

Sanathi’s Inside Arunachaleshwarar temple


Kambathu Elayanar Sannathi
To some extent at interior left surface of the Raja Gopuram entry locate this superlative Sannathi called Kambathu Elayanar. This Sannathi was built during the time in power of Vijayanagara kings. It script the genuine mark anywhere according to celebrity, Sambandan's bigheaded confront to Arunagirinathar take consign in have frontage on of Prabudadevaraya Maharaja and his courtyard, where God Muruga come into view. The Sannathi was alienated into four cavities. The first cavity has consists very excellent statuette over the entry top to second cavity. The left and right side wall of this cavity carries excellent pictures and devotional things of Arunagirinathar. Third cavity is the set for devotee to veneration and the fourth cavity is the moolastanam, the inner place of pilgrimage of God Muruga.

Thousand Pillared Mandapam


Thousand Pillared Mandapam is situated analogous towards Kambathu Elayanar Sannathi and to the northern face of the fifth prakaram locate ‘Thousand Pillared Mandapam’. Thousand pillared Mandapam is built during the period of Vijayanagara kings. They are strong devotee of Lord Shiva. Each and every pillar of the Manadapam is carved with gorgeous facts and the crown with plentiful sandstone Nandis. Thousand pillared Mandapam is second-hand for the deity worship on Aani Thirumanjanam and on the day of the star Thiruvadhirai. This Mandapam consist an underground compartment which houses Sri Pathala Lingam. Downward rock stepladder from thousand pillared Mandapam shows the way to the holy place of Sri Pathala Lingam. The sanctuary is at the floorboards level of the Mandapam. The Lingam originates in this holy place stands there without interruption of several hundreds of years. This was the place where Sri Ramana Maharishi used to do meditation in the early hours of his time. The meditation here was so cavernous and astonishing that anyone possibly will not feel soreness even though their entire corpse was enclosed with creepy-crawly and was eaten by bedbugs. Anyone can sense a very good exposure during meditation here.

Sivagangai Theertham


The Kulam at Arunachaleshwarar temple called Sivagangai Theertham situated behind the Vinayagar Sannathi or in other words opposite to thousand pillared Mandapam. People who visiting Arunachaleshwarar temple can definitely have a step in to this Sivagangai Theertham have a drink and sprayed in their body. This is considered as auspicious water. In early days people were taking bath in this Sivagangai Theertham but later on this has been restricted because people are polluting this Theertham. This Sivagangai Theertham is surrounded by beautiful Mandapas, path ways and pillars engraved with cute pictures and sculptures. Sivagangai Theertham is one of the sight seeing place which attracts each and every one who are visiting Arunachaleshwarar temple.

Annamalai and Unnamalai Amman Sanathi


A constricted passageway leads us in the direction of inmost place of pilgrimage where Arunachaleshwarar in the form of Lingam is settled. The Lingam which has a chunky gold rock band in the order of its central point was undeveloped in the immense beauty.

The temple of Goddess Unnamulaiamman is situated at the North West element of Third Prakaram. There is an entrance hall on the northern side of the Arunachaleshwar’s hut which joins Second and Third Praharams and guides us to the holy place of Goddess Unnamulaiamman. In the Moolastanam of Goddess Unnamulaiamman is seen reputation decent in untainted gold and blessing the devotee. A superlative Nandi is countenance indoors towards Unnamulaiamman shrine. Also Goddess Parvathi did immense sacrament and became with Lord Shiva, occupying Lord Shiva’s left side the whole called as Arthanareeswarar.

Festivals in Arunachaleshwarar Temple


The importance and most grandly celebrated festival in Arunachaleshwarar is ThiruKarthigai. This will come in the end of December every year and in Tamil month Karthigai. This is a 10 days celebration in which each and every day has is own feature. The fist day the flag in the temple will be hoisted followed by the remaining day’s festival. Each and every day night one God (utsavar) will come around the Tiruvannamalai town in the night time. Another day is the big car will come around in the day time. So many people from the near by villages and from other part of the world are visiting to see this big car. In another day a car made with full of silver will come in the early morning. The final day is the ThiruKarthigai day in which a light will be lightened at the top of the Annamalai Hill. This light will glow for 11 days continuously. So much quantity of ghee was poured in to the big tub. So many people depart for Girivalam in Tiruvannamalai in this ThiruKarthigai day. Some body will climb the Tiruvannamalai Hill also to see the Deepam in Tiruvannamalai.

Girivalam at Tiruvannamalai


For the most part of the sacred places the divinity is originated at the top of the hill. But here the divine hill itself is the divinity (Arunachaleshwarar) and is devoted. The consecrated hill is 2668 feet high. This Tiruvannamalai Hill was Agni during Kirthayugam, Manikkam in Threthayugam, Gold during Dwaparayugam and rock during Kaliyugam. There are eight lingams positioned at the eight guidelines and provide an octagonal composition to Tiruvannamalai. They are: Indra Lingam, Agni Lingam, Yama Lingam, Niruthi Lingam, Varuna Lingam, Vayu Lingam, Kubera Lingam and Esanya Lingam. It is propitious to carry out "Girivalam" for the period of each Full moon day which would do colossal excellent. This is due to during Full Moon Day siddhars association will be there and the whole hill’s atmosphere would be overflowing with herbal plants. This will make available serenity of mind and good health to body. It is a confirmed reality that on every Full moon day lakhs of devotee will come for Girivalam. The Girivalam path has been provided with sodium lamps at the cost of 12 lakhs contributed by cine artist Rajinikanth.

How to reach Tiruvannamalai from Chennai


Tiruvannamalai is situated around 180kms from Chennai and so many buses available often from Koyambedu. That too in full moon day a bus for a minute is available from Chennai. It is very difficult to find place in buses. So many people and devotees are going to Girivalam in full moon day from Chennai. Any one can go Tiruvannamalai with 4hours from Chennai and get down at Tiruvannamalai bus stand. They can take autos to reach Arunachaleshwarar temple and local buses are also available at only specific times.

Stay at Tiruvannamalai


There are so many very good reasonable cost boarding and lodging hotels available at Tiruvannamalai. Among that few are Hotel Aksash, Hotel Abirami, and Hotel Ashok which are situated very near to Tiruvannamalai Bus stand. Hotel Arunachalam, Hotel udipi is presented very near to Arunachaleshwarar temple. People can accommodate in to 3 stars hotels like Hotel Ramakrishna, Arunai Anandha.


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Author: Bharath29 Jun 2011 Member Level: Gold   Points : 1

Hi Amudha,

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