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“Beautiful living Shiva Temple” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Arunachaleshwara Temple

Arunachaleshwara Temple
Foothills of the Annamalai Hill, Thiruvannamalai 606601, India
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Beautiful living Shiva Temple”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

This beautiful Shiva temple is well worth a visit if you are in the area or are interested in Indian temple architecture or temple worship. It has beautiful towers with intricate carvings on them. it has one of the tallest temple towers in India. The temple covers many acres and is alive with devotion. It is a 'living' busy temple with many small temples and shrines in the temple compound. There is an elephant there which grants blessings. I would try to avoid it on festival days, as it can get very crowded--unless of course you don't mind the crowds. I always thought it would be amazing to helicopter someone in from the west and drop them into the grounds of this temple. It would truly be like entering another world. The priests may ask for money which can be annoying, but it is up to you whether to give or not. Definitely worth seeing and experiencing.

Visited December 2012
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Murwillumbah
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“Stunning”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

This is one of the largest temples in the area and goes back a long time,well worth a visit .One can allso see where Ramana spent his early days

Visited November 2012
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“Brilliant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

It was fantastic temple to visit. Great Architecture. Visit before 12.30 PM or after 3.00 pm. Avoid festival days.It has usual problem s of letting VIPs in front of you...So observe some tolerance as we cannot avoid this in indian temples

Visited July 2012
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“Magical Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

Best to enter from the back gate. Arunachaleshwara Temple is a large compound surrounded by a wall. It has 4 gopurams (gateway towers) and many temples inside. It is a colorful magic place with hundreds of statues. The temple is dedicated to Shiva in his manifestation as fire. The main shrine that contains the Agni Lingam is not open to non-hindu visitors. You can join the queue for the shrine and wait the dark cave like temple, but when you approach the Lingam the priest will usher you past the statue so that you cannot see it. So it's better not to enter the queue, because the waiting can turn into a claustrophobic experience.
It's best to enter the temple from the back gate, i.e. the gate closest to the area of Ramana Ashram. Approaching from the front gate you will be molested by hundreds of beggars.

Visited January 2012
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