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Rajesh m

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Perfect for Tiruvannamalai pilgrimage.

When visiting Tiruvannamalai, make sure you visit Ashta lingam and Adiannamalai temples. Health permitting do the Girivalam, bare foot, which is about 14 kms. It would be better to do both separately. Visiting the temples can be done in the morning, hiring an auto and Girivalam at night. Blisters on feet can be a problem, which can be prevented by applying petroleum jelly and or wearing socks.

Kaushik Bhadury

Kaushik Bhadury4.3/5

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It is a sacred place and mostly visited by local people.

It is a sacred place and mostly visited by local people.

Thiruvannamalai is sacred town in Tamil Nadu places to visit there involves Sri Ramana Ashram (there were several devotees from France are visible), and Arunachaleswar Temple a very ancient temple of Lord Shiva.

A nearby temple named Golden Temple near Vellore built few years back also a center of attraction. The property built in a large area clean and well maintained.

In Thiruvannamalai town there were several properties belongs to Ramana.

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History of Tiruvannamalai

Thiruvannamalai is a renowned pilgrim town in Tamil Nadu. It is a very old city that has long since been connected to many yogis and has also become an international centre for the study of Spiritualism. The word Thiru was added to indicate the prominence of the remote mountain 'Annamalai'. The spiritually inclined believe that Tiruvannamalai offers salvation to anyone who even thinks about it.

People and Culture of Tiruvannamalai

Tiruvannamalai houses the holy temple of Lord Arunachaleswara and Ashrams. The Arunachaleswara temple lies at the foot of the Arunachala hill, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is one of the largest temples in India. With the hill serving as a background, it actually seems more like a fort. The temple has wonderful architecture and is very rich in customs, history, and celebrations In Thiruvannamalai, Lord Shiva has taken the form of a column of fire, believed to be done so as to destroy the ego of Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma. It is said that Lord Shiva in an 'Ardhanareshwari' form, where one half being Goddess Umadevi, and the other half being Lord Shiva appeared before the devout. The main Karthikai Deepam festival attracts devotees from across South India during which also the famous cattle fair is celebrated.

Things To Do in Tiruvannamalai

The best time to visit here is between November and March. About four Brahmotsavams are celebrated here every year, but the one celebrated during the month of Karthikai, November or December is the most famous. Decorated idols are mounted and taken out in a procession through the temple town during this yearly occasion.Sri Seshadri Swamigal Ashram is another holy place to visit in the town. The garden in the Ashram attracts people who make a trip here. Sri Ramana Maharshi lived in this town and had attained mukthi or nirvana in the year 1950. Sri Ramana Maharshi Ashram is another must visit holy place here. Yogi Ram Surathkumar Ashram, also known as Visiri Samiyar Ashram, is another beautiful place in the town. Sathanur Dam, key dam across Ponnaiyar River has a well-landscaped park and a mini zoo. The garden has colourful statuettes, a swimming pool and a crocodile farm.Jawadhu hills another beautiful spot is situated about 75 km from Tiruvannamalai. Places of interest in the Jawadhu hills would be the Bheema Falls, Komutteri Lake, Kavalur Observatory, Amirthi Forest, and the Glass House. Here there are eight Lingas, eight Nandis about 350 tanks and many mandapas around the hill. Padaiveedu village located about 35 km from Thiruvannamalai has a 13th century palace of the Sambuvarayars who were the then chieftains of the Chola Empire.

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Ramana Ashram, Thiruvannamalai

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Entry to Ashram
Ramana Ashram, Thiruvannamalai

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Ramana Ashram, Thiruvannamalai
Arunachaleswara temple, Thiruvannamalai

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Huge temple gopurams

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