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Arunachaleshwara Temple

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Arunachaleshwara Temple

263 Reviews
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Foothills of the Annamalai Hill, Thiruvannamalai 606601 India
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Day trip to Tiruvannamalai Temple and Sri Ramana Ashram from Pondicherry with lunch
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Day trip to Tiruvannamalai Temple and Sri Ramana Ashram from Pondicherry with lunch

On this day excursion from Pondicherry, visit the largest Shiva temple in the world. The temple is situated in the town of Thiruvannamalai, about 60 miles from Pondicherry. After a tour of the temple, visit the nearby Ashram (monastery) of the Saint and Philosopher, Sri Ramana Maharshi, who lived here until his death in 1950.<br><br>Highlights<br> • Drive through the South Indian countryside&#xa0; <br> • Visit to Arunachaleswarar Temple, the largest Shiva temple in the world <br> • Visit to Sri Ramana Maharshi Ashram
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plpalani wrote a review Mar 2020
Mumbai, India1,485 contributions398 helpful votes
Quite an experience to visit this temple yesterday on Maha pradosam day. The big Nandi at the entrance was showered with milk abhisegam and it was a ritual to watch. The temple towers are real towering
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Sachin Pitale wrote a review Feb 2020
Virar, India21 contributions5 helpful votes
This temple is an absolute beauty of architectural marvel of south india. The gopurams or the entry gates on all four sides of the temple are majestic. The entire premises is full of positive energy and serene calmness. One should surely visit such a place as it is older than even our great grand father's and the vibrations of this temple are unique. The temple is in the centre of TIRUVANNAMALAI city and is the main landmark for travel and directions in the city.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Karthik Ramachandran wrote a review Feb 2020
Bengaluru, India148 contributions33 helpful votes
Visited Shri Arunachaleswarar Temple with family. After a 4-hour drive from Bangalore, the first thing you will see is how big the Temple is. Parking is available around the temple complex, but better to find one closer to the gopuram entrance which makes the walk to entrance easy in the heat. On entrance, you may be frisked, asked to have your bags checked at entrance. There is a free darshan, special darshans at 50. There are touts who help you to break queues. It is up to you to decide what you want to do. The diety is in the form of a linga, and is the Agni (fire) sthalam (place) of lord Shiva. It is said that praying to lord Shiva here will rid one of their egos and makes the person humble and successful. Goddess Parvathi is in the form of Unnamulai Amman in a second precinct.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Amit J wrote a review Jan 2020
Kolkata (Calcutta), India825 contributions169 helpful votes
We were staying in Pondicherry for 5 days and decided to visit this temple on one of the days. It took us approx. 2 hours from Pondy and road condition was good. Built in the 8th Century, this is one of the grandest temples in India with a huge temple complex. The main shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva (Arunachaleshwara) and the Lingam is also called as Agni Lingam. The second shrine inside the temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati (Unnamalai Amman). The temple is one of the finest pieces of artwork from our history and has some very fine carvings on the walls and pillars. It has 6 towers (Gopurams), with the eastern tower being the third highest temple tower in the world. Another highlight in the complex is the thousand pillars hall on the Southern side of the temple. If you are in the area, then visiting Arunachaleshvara temple is highly recommended.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Vipin Arora wrote a review Jan 2020
Lucknow, India5,926 contributions196 helpful votes
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The great Annamalaiyar temple in Tiruvannamalai is around 1000 years old . Very majestic with the main gopuram being 27 feet high . The temple is spread over 25 acres and has out of the world deities of Lord Siva and Amman
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Date of experience: January 2020
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