Girivalam, Arunachaleswarar Temple

Girivalam, Arunachaleswarar Temple

Girivalam, Arunachaleswarar Temple
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  • Amit Shah
    Mumbai, India27 contributions
    Girivalam on Pournima
    Did the Girivalam on Pournima since it has its own significance. Make sure you start by 5 pm, since in the later evening the crowds increase manyfolds. May lord Shiva bless all. All the best.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 5, 2023
  • Iris1926
    Ahmedabad, India90 contributions
    A walk called Girivalam
    It was a very good experience. I've already done it four times now. Girivalam actually means taking a round around the holy giri (mountain). It is said that Lord Arunachala (Shiva) actually manifested himself as the mountain. He does not reside on the mountain, but he is the mountain. The Girivalam is about 14 kms., so for an average person it takes about 4.5-5 hours to cover it. The Girivalam is supposed to be covered by foot only. And that too, with no footwear. Earlier, the roads were bad, infact there was no proper road. But now with the help of Rajnikanth's donations, proper roads and footpaths have been constructed to ease the pain of devotees. Now for those who find it difficult to walk without any footwear, you can opt for thick socks. Along the way, there are eight Shiva Lingam temples which one must visit and pay obeisance to. The timing of the walk is also paramount. If you start your walk after 8 am, you'll get caught in the heat of the sun, and the heat at Tiruvannamalai is legendary. So try walking after 5.30-6 pm and come back to your hotel by 10 pm. Or you can start by 8 pm after dinner and return to hotel to sleep. Or alternatively you can start early morning 4 pm and return by 9 am. Have breakfast and go to sleep. In this way, you can avoid the direct sunlight.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 9, 2023
  • Tour59583322451
    Bengaluru, India3 contributions
    Girivalam Experience of an elderly couple
    My wife and I do Girivalam almost every year avoiding crowded days. We start around 4.30 am at the temple entrance and finish at the temple in about 4 hours. Even though we have done Girivalam several times in the past, we find the experience exhilarating every time.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 30, 2023
  • Ananth 727499
    Tiruppur, India1,336 contributions
    Divine experience .. come, visit and feel it..
    After a time period of about 11-12 years, By HIS grace, we were given a chance to visit this temple. Starting from the temple entrance, Apart from the Ashta lingas, we could have darshan of the following temples.. (There are too many temples and ashrams. But, I have mentioned only a few.. So, kindly bear with me) 01. Yogi Ramsurat Kumar's abode (old one). This is the place where Yogi used to stay until the completion of ashram in girivala route.. 02. Karpaga Vinayagar Temple 03. Kamatchi Amman temple 04. Aishwareswarar temple 05. Raja Rajeswari Amman temple 06. Adi mudi siddhar jeeva samathi 07. Surya, Chandra lingam 08. Ner annamalai temple 09. Adi Annamalai temple 10. Manikkavasagar temple 11. Guru bhagwan temple 12. Ammani ammal jeeva samathi 13. Perumal temple inside the cut road near the bus depot 14. Perumal temple near the entrance route to eesanaya lingam 15. Boodha Narayana perumal temple Etc..
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written February 13, 2024
  • sitra s
    2 contributions
    Pilgrimage with mother
    An amazing trip to Thiruvannamalai in Jan 2024. Stayed at Amoha hotel, which is walking distance to the ThiruArunachaleswar temple. Went through the ticket less entrance, immersed the vibrations from Lingeswara (boy was it hot in the temple!). Girivallam was such a spiritual experience ✨️. Will do it all over again if given the chance !
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written February 15, 2024
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plpalani
Mumbai, India1,558 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Even though Girivalam on poornima day is more popular , we did about two days before Poornima. The Girivalam is well lit and very safe. The portion from Arunachalaeswar temple to Indra lingam and on the final lap from Esaniya kingsman to temple is through market area and not marked properly.
Written March 7, 2020
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Iris1926
Ahmedabad, India90 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
It was a very good experience. I've already done it four times now. Girivalam actually means taking a round around the holy giri (mountain). It is said that Lord Arunachala (Shiva) actually manifested himself as the mountain. He does not reside on the mountain, but he is the mountain.
The Girivalam is about 14 kms., so for an average person it takes about 4.5-5 hours to cover it. The Girivalam is supposed to be covered by foot only. And that too, with no footwear. Earlier, the roads were bad, infact there was no proper road. But now with the help of Rajnikanth's donations, proper roads and footpaths have been constructed to ease the pain of devotees.
Now for those who find it difficult to walk without any footwear, you can opt for thick socks.
Along the way, there are eight Shiva Lingam temples which one must visit and pay obeisance to.
The timing of the walk is also paramount. If you start your walk after 8 am, you'll get caught in the heat of the sun, and the heat at Tiruvannamalai is legendary. So try walking after 5.30-6 pm and come back to your hotel by 10 pm. Or you can start by 8 pm after dinner and return to hotel to sleep. Or alternatively you can start early morning 4 pm and return by 9 am. Have breakfast and go to sleep. In this way, you can avoid the direct sunlight.
Written July 9, 2023
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Sheryl R
Dallas, TX77 contributions
Nov 2020
We visited on an afternoon. This is not a quick visit, as you have to go through metal barred pathways to each stop. When we finally exited our shoes were all the way on the opposite side, so we had to walk along the road in our bare feet. It is a beautiful temple, but I enjoy wandering around on my own to look at the site.
Written November 15, 2020
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Bhupati
4 contributions
Sep 2022 • Friends
Powerful god.. But management is poor. Not even giving information to unknown people. Money is the matter..at the main entrance , (if you give money not in ticket counter..). Who r on duty at the gate taking money allow them to directly to the darshan. Soo if any authority if u read this review.. respond.
Written September 10, 2022
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Tour59583322451
Bengaluru, India3 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
My wife and I do Girivalam almost every year avoiding crowded days. We start around 4.30 am at the temple entrance and finish at the temple in about 4 hours. Even though we have done Girivalam several times in the past, we find the experience exhilarating every time.
Written August 30, 2023
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Ananth 727499
Tiruppur, India1,336 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
After a time period of about 11-12 years, By HIS grace, we were given a chance to visit this temple.

Starting from the temple entrance, Apart from the Ashta lingas, we could have darshan of the following temples..

(There are too many temples and ashrams. But, I have mentioned only a few..
So, kindly bear with me)

01. Yogi Ramsurat Kumar's abode (old one).
This is the place where Yogi used to stay until the completion of ashram in girivala route..

02. Karpaga Vinayagar Temple
03. Kamatchi Amman temple
04. Aishwareswarar temple
05. Raja Rajeswari Amman temple
06. Adi mudi siddhar jeeva samathi
07. Surya, Chandra lingam
08. Ner annamalai temple
09. Adi Annamalai temple
10. Manikkavasagar temple
11. Guru bhagwan temple
12. Ammani ammal jeeva samathi
13. Perumal temple inside the cut road near the bus depot
14. Perumal temple near the entrance route to eesanaya lingam
15. Boodha Narayana perumal temple

Etc..

Written February 13, 2024
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Rajagopalan Babu
Bengaluru, India57 contributions
Dec 2021 • Solo
It is great experience for all. It is opportunity to experience peace amid Swamis , devotees.

15 km walk covering 8 Temples. Most of the people walk bare foot. It is advisable to walk in the pedestrian pavement.

Plenty of shops available selling water , coconut & food.
Written December 18, 2021
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gokul-00
Tamil Nadu, India27 contributions
Feb 2023
Good walk around the temple mountain, especially on new moon day. Good 4.5 hrs walk with thousands of devotees walking. After walk, the Darshanam of God was blissful. cleanessis something need to improve a lot from both public, temple and city management side.
Written February 6, 2023
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DCFlyers
Washington DC, DC82 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We did girivalam for the first time after visiting many times through the years. Blissful! Try to stop at the many marked, small, linga temples along the route. We did not walk. We went by our car and stopped frequently.
Written January 27, 2020
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sitra s
2 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
An amazing trip to Thiruvannamalai in Jan 2024. Stayed at Amoha hotel, which is walking distance to the ThiruArunachaleswar temple. Went through the ticket less entrance, immersed the vibrations from Lingeswara (boy was it hot in the temple!). Girivallam was such a spiritual experience ✨️. Will do it all over again if given the chance !
Written February 15, 2024
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