Arunachaleshwara Temple

Arunachaleshwara Temple, Thiruvannamalai

Arunachaleshwara Temple
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Phodophile
Bangalore District, India327 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
We went on 4th Jan 2022 on a weekday at evening, hoping that there wouldnt be much crowd/rush to ensure covid protocol. But the temple was brimming with people. Nevertheless, we took special darshanam tixket hoping we will have a quick darshanam, but at the end they merged both the regular and special darshanam queue which was very disturbing and congesting. We only got a small frame of time to have darshanam and quickly came out of temple premises. Overall, I would say, a beautiful temple with divine lord inside, but very poor management of people inside the temple. Hence would advise the devotees to check the status of the crowd and then proceed for a peaceful darshanam.
Written January 10, 2022
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Sairam Gulle
128 contributions
Dec 2021
It’s one of the biggest temples in South India . It’s having very great architecture and finish.This temple is dedicated to God Shiva in the form of Annamalayar (Arunachaleshwarar) and Goddess Unnamalai Amman. This is one of the panchabootha thalamus dedicated to the element of fire. people do Giri pradakshina around the hill which is about 14km and covers 8 lingas .it is advised to start giri pradakshina at night and finish it by morning as the weather is pleasant during night then day.It is very crowded during on Poornima, special occasions, weekends. For performing any poojas, need to approach the Temple office which is situated inside the temple premises. We don’t have an online facility. It’s a very powerful temple and it is believed that the goddess Parvathi and shiva will be roaming there in any foam. Safety is assured 24/7.
Written March 14, 2022
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M S P
Vadodara, India1,016 contributions
Oct 2019
Constructed some 1200 years ago, this is one of the oldest Shiva temples, has a very vast campus, tall glorious Gopurams (gates), nicely decorated with legendry sculptures. This marvelous temple is located at the foot of the Arunachalam Hill, this hill being a form of Lord Shiva himself. Bhagvan Ramana Maharshi, from his childhood days called this hill as Father Arunachalam, who was attracting him. So when boy Ramana left his home to do penance on this hill, he stayed at this temple for few months.
The temple complex is very nicely managed. Very clean premises with beautiful artistic sculptural work on every wall and pillars give a pious vibration. Toilets are in a remote corner and very clean and decent. Drinking water facility is appropriate. Devotees can have lunch as a Prasadam, a queue was formed near the dining hall at lunch time. As we had to proceed further to Ramana Ashram, instead of standing in queue, we purchased nutritious laddu and coconut prasadam as our lunch, from a stall in premises.
Not only the Devotees of God Shiva, but all Hindu have to visit this temple at least once in a life time, to experience the energy and vibrations of this holy place, which words can’t express.
Written January 11, 2020
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Muthu Ranganathan
Bengaluru, India682 contributions
May 2022
This is a Shiva temple - one of the 5 most important ones in Tamil Nadu - this is the fire temple

The temple is beautiful and the diety is astounding

The temple crowd maanagment is pathetic. Its too commercial as only if you tip the priests you are assured of a decent darshan. We had a very bad experience with one of the priest who started abusing us when we were standing in the queue and as we did not allow him to take his big group ahead of us. We have lodged a complaint with the temple office, who seemed to be very receptive to our feedback

Also please do not buy flower garlands as they are not offered to the diety, its best to offer garlands in smaller temples.

But overall the experience of the temple and vibration is amazing. Hope the HR&CE ministry and the temple office will facilate better experience for the huge crowd of devotees without differentiation.
Written June 5, 2022
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Sachin Pitale
Virar, India19 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
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.
Written February 17, 2020
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Amit J
Kolkata (Calcutta), India882 contributions
Jan 2020
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.
Written January 28, 2020
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plpalani
Mumbai, India1,510 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
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
Written March 7, 2020
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Maheswari N
161 contributions
Jan 2020
Annamalaiyar temple. Powerful,divine and full of postive vibrations. View of the sacred hill from the temple is great. The temple is maintained very clean. Annamalaiyar and unnamalai Amman shrines are splendid with magnificent artworks and sculptures. Don’t forget to visit pathala lingam where ramana Maharishi did penance. Kambathu illaiyanar shrine is also a must visit inside the temple. This is where Lord Muruga gave darshan for arunagirinathar. Must visit temple for everyone.
Written January 2, 2020
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Karthik Ramachandran
Bengaluru, India207 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
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.
Written February 5, 2020
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Vipin Arora
Lucknow, India5,917 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
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
Written January 21, 2020
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