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Rushi kanth  Reddy

Rushi kanth Reddy4.6/5

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Lord Shiva temple

I came here to lord shiva durshanam.
Most people visit this temple on the day of pornami and other days will be normal
For pornami most of hotels will be fully booked.
So if you want visit on pornami I recommend to book rooms and journey tickets more than 20 days prior

Srilekha mutya

Srilekha mutya4.3/5

1 review

Very pleasant and spiritual

Travelled from Bengaluru. Nice route with scenic views. Temple is very beautiful and huge. Carried a divine feeling throughout. Temple hill is surrounded by 14 other smaller temples of Lord Shiva which people take a darshan by walk (rickshaws also do giripradakshina) takes about 6-7 hrs on an average to complete giripradakshina by feet. Ramana maharshi ashram is worth seeing. Very peaceful and serene. Frequent buses to all major cities are available (even in the midnight). Ample number of hotels available for a decent stay. Overall, very good and divine experience.

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Tiruvannamalai Overview

State: Tamil NaduFamous for: PilgrimageDistrict: TiruvannamalaiLanguages: TamilWeather: Summer: 26°C -38°C, Winter: 20 °C -26 °CSTD Code: 4175Pin code: 6066
About Tiruvannamalai TourismTiruvannamalai, the small town of Tamil Nadu 85 km south of Vellore, is one of the major pilgrim centers of South India. Located at the foothills of Annamalai Hills, Tiruvannamalai is one of the ancient heritage sites of India and is an important Shaivite town, where Lord Shiva is revered as Arunachaleswar.
The ancient temple town of Tiruvannamalai has been held in great regard by the Tamils for centuries. As per folk lore, five different temples were dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of five elements of nature, namely earth, water, wind, fire and ether. The Arunachaleshwara Temple in Tiruvannamalai is one of them where Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of fire.
In ancient times, the term ‘Annamalai’, meant an inaccessible mountain and the word ‘Tiru’ signifies greatness. The combination of these two words gave the name Tiruvannamalai to the city. Legends say that Tiruvannamalai was a fire (Agni) mountain in Krathayuga, Gold (Swarna) mountain in Thrathayugha, Copper Mountain in Duvaparayuga and Rock Mountain in this Kaliyuga.
Ruled by the Pallavas, Cholas, Hoysalas, Vijayanagar Empire, Carnatic Kingdom and the British, the history of this unassuming town dates from the period 871-955 A.D and revolves around the Annamalaiyar Temple.Passing the rule of different rulers, Tiruvannamalai District came into existence on September 30, 1989 after the bifurcation of the erstwhile North Arcot District.
After independence, Tiruvannamalai was under North Arcot District. The civil district of North Arcot was divided into Vellore district and Tiruvannamalai.
Tiruvannamalai is synonymous with Arunachala Hill. It is regarded as Tejo Linga –the fire symbol of Lord Shiva, which stands at the rear end of the town and the temple is at the foot of the hill. Holy Beacon Festival is the most important festival celebrated here during the Tamil month of Karthikai between November and December, concluding with the celebration of Karthikai Deepam. A huge lamp is lit in a cauldron, containing tons of ghee, at the top of the Annamalai hills during the Deepam. Once the Annamalai Karthigai Deepam is lit, immediately, thousands of people light the ‘agal vilakku’ (Earthern lamps) in their homes, illuminating the whole town. Every year, thousands of pilgrims worship Annamalaiyar by circumambulating the Annamalai Hill barefoot. According to the Hindu legend, a walk around the hill removes sins, fulfills desires and helps to achieve freedom from the cycle of birth and re-birth.The Annamalaiyar Temple is the major landmark and important tourist spot in Tiruvannamalai. This temple complex has numerous shrines of which the Annamalaiyar and Unnamulai Amman are the most prominent. The other important pilgrim sites of Tiruvannamalai are Tirumalai-the ancient Jain Temple complex that houses three Jain caves, four Jain Temples and 16 feet high sculpture of Neminatha. This sculpture is the tallest Jain image in the state of Tamil Nadu. Tiruvannamalai is also home to Ramana and Yogi Ramsuratkumar Ashram. Apart from these religious sites, travellers can also visit the Sathanur Dam, which is a popular picnic spot in Tiruvannamalai.
The temple town of Tiruvannamalai is well-connected by roadways, rail and airways. The nearest airport is in Chennai, while the Tiruvannamalai railway station is located in the rail head from Vellore to Villupuram. The Madurai-Tirupathi bi-weekly expresses connects Tiruvannamalai to Madurai and Tirupathi. The town bus service provides connectivity within the town and the other nearby areas. Also, there are regular inter-city bus services to Tiruvannamalai.
Accommodation options are plenty in Tiruvannamalai and travellers can choose from a range of budget hotels to decent hostels, guesthouses and even luxury hotels.

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