Tiruvannamalai, Information about Tiruvannamalai, Tiruvannamalai Tour


Information about Tiruvannamalai

The Saivite pilgrim site at the foot of holy Arunachala (Annamalai) hill is dotted with a number of temples and is considered to be one of the most sacred towns of South India. According to mythological legends, once Brahma and Vishnu quarreled over the issue of superiority, thus Lord Shiva appeared here as a column of fire, creating the original symbol of the lingam and asserted his supremacy. The annual Karthikai Deepam Festival held on full moon night in Nov. / Dec. is celebrated to commemorate this legend. A huge deepa (lamp), with 30 metre long wick and 2000 litres of ghee is lit on the Arunachala hill and pilgrims undertake a 14 kms. Long journey on foot, around the hill. The land burns for several days and its light can be seen for at least 10 kms.

Tourist Attractions in Tiruvannamalai

Arunachaleshvara Temple
It is dedicated to Sri Arunachaleswara (the fire incarnation of Lord Siva) and is one of the largest and most revered temples of South India. The huge temple complex covering an area of about 10 hectares was built during 11th century and several additions were made to the structure by the successive kings of South India. There are four large gopurams, one at each cardinal point and several smaller gopurams. The 13 storeyed main Rajagopuram on the eastern side rises to a height of 66 meters. The main sanctum enshrines Tejo Lingam (fire lingam) encased in gold. At the entrance to the temple complex is a shrine dedicated to Lord Ganesha and to its right is a thousand pillared halls.

Sri Ramana Maharishi Ashram
The Ashram of the mystic saint Sri Ramana Maharishi is located at the foot of Annamalai hill. It has emerged as an internationally renowned spiritual centre.

Around Tiruvannamalai

Gingee (Senji) (37 kms.)
The historical town is known for the 700 year old fort, sprawling over three hillocks. It was built by the Kone Chiefs and remained the stronghold of the Vijayanagar Kings, Marathas, Mughals, Carnatic Nawabs, the French and the British. The fort gained popularity under Raja Desingh, the chief of Nawab of Arcot. With in the fort are two temples and a mosque. Kalian Mandapam, the court hall is the finest monument here with a central eight storeyed pyramidal tower, having a single large room on each floor.

Sattanur Dam (30 kms.)

Thenpennai is a popular picnic site. The beautiful garden here is very popular among the film makers of the South.

How to reach here

By Air:
Nearest airport for Tiruvannamalai is at Chennai, 187 kms away

By Rail:

Well connected by rail.

By Road:
Connected by good road network. It is 85 kms. South of Vellore.

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