Sunday, July 01, 2012

Annamalaiyar Temple / Arunachala Shiva Temple Tiruvannamalai - Tamilnadu

Annamalaiyar Temple  /Shiva Temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity Shiva .It is located at the foothills of the Annamalai Hill in Tiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu.Here Lord Eswara is worshipped as Annamalaiyar or Arunachaleswarar represented . The temple is regarded as one of the Pancha Bhoota Stalas & is associated with the element fire (Agni).
The area of the temple complex is around 25 acers.It has 4 gopuras.The Rajagopura, one on East,is the tallest one with 11 storeys.It is one of the tallest in India.The East Rajagopura was built by king Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagara and completed by Sevappa Nayaka of Thanjavur.

The Karthika Deepam festival celebrated during the full moon day(pournami) in Kartheeka month is one of the most important festival.

How to Reach :

Air : The nearest major airport is Chennai International airport ,located at a distance of about 185 km from Tiruvannamalai.

Road :From Madurai, Tirupathi and Chennai regular buses are available to Tiruvannamalai.From Chennai it take 5hrs by road.

Train : The Thiruvannamalai is located in the rail route between Madurai and Tirupathi rail route . Regular train services are available from Madurai to Tiruvannamalai .

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