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Abodes of Shiva

238. Arulmigu Unnamulai Amman sameda Arunachaleswar Temple, Thiruvannamalai


Mulavar   Arunachaleswar, Annamalaiyar
Ambal   Abithakujambal, Unnamulai Amman
Theertham   Brama Theertham, Agni Theertham
Sthala Vruksham   Makizham Vruksham
Paadiyavar   Appar, Gyanasambandar
Travel Base   Thiruvannamalai
Nearest Railway Station   Thiruvannamalai
Continent   Nadu
Circle   Thiruvannamalai
District   Thiruvannamalai
State   Tamil Nadu


We have plenty of buses from Chennai, Vellore, Cuddalore, Trichy, Villupuram, Chidambaram and Salem.


The 11 tiered East Rajagopuram towers to a height of 217 feet, while the fortified walls pierced with 4 gopura entrances offer a formidable look to this vast temple complex . The Pei Gopuram, Thirumanjana Gopuram and Ammanaiammal gopuram are the other three. The 1000 pillared hall and the temple tank were built by Krishna Deva Rayarar of Vijayanagar. Each of the prakarams has a huge Nandi and several towers such as the Vallala Maharaja Gopuram and Kili Gopuram. Giri Valam is one of the famous on every full moon comprising of 9 linga around this temple.


Thiruvannamalai is one of the famous Saivite Shrines in India. It is also one of the Pancha Bootha Sthalam. Here the Lord is in form of Fire. This sprawling 25 acre temple campus having 7 praharams draws hundreds of thousands of pilgrims every full moon. The hill here is considered to be a manifestation of Shiva. Manikkavacakar composed his Thiruvempavai here.The Paatala Linga shrine is connected with the spritual savant Ramana Maharishi. Arunagiri Nathar began composing his Thiruppukazh here at this temple.


Karthigai Deepam, Aadi Pooram, Chitirai Vasantha Vizha and Panguni Utiram are some of the famous festival days in this temple.