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Manickavasagar had lived here for long period and wrote the famous poem 'Thiruvempava'. Thiruvannamalai also has been mentioned in the Sangam classics and in Saivite religious lore.
There is an interesting story behind Tiruvannamalai : Once Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu quarelled over who was superior. Lord Shiva appeared before them as a blinding column of light in the shape of a mountain. Both decided to search for the 'Aathi' (beginning) and the 'Antham' (end) of this ling of fire ' and whoever succeeded first would be declared the superior god. Vishnu tried to find its beginning by digging in the form 'Varaha' (wild boar) while Brahma became a swan and flew towards the top. Neither was successful. Realising their mistake, they prayed to Lord Shiva and Shiva condensed himself from a light into the mountain Arunachala.
Thiruvannamalai is famous for the Arunachaleswarar Temple one of the oldest and most famous Shiva Temples in India. Besides this temple, the town is dotted with more than 100 small shrines dedicated to different dietie, ashrams including those of Ramana Maharshi, and Seshadri Swamigal and around 360 holy water sources.
The temple's walls runs to a length of 1,320 metres pierced
with gates and towers. Inside the complex, there are many shrines, mandapams,
corridors, enclosures adorned with massive pillars with intricately carved
As one enter the temple from the eastern gate, on the right side one can see a 1,000-pillared mandapa built in the Vijayanagar period. On the left there are a large stepped Sivaganga tank surrouned by a colonnades and a Subrahmanya shrine stands near the edge of the water. On the outer wall of the eastern gopura, a columned hall dating from the 17th century occupies on the north side of the enclosure. Shiva is shown in the north wall and dancing shiva is shown in the south corner. Four smaller gopuras with less decorated walls lead into the second enclosure. There is a stepped tank and a large columned hall with an open colonnade facing south. On the ceiling there is a scene depicting the divine marriage of Shiva and Parvati.
Just before enter the next enclosure, right is the Parthalia-linga worshipped by Ramana Maharishi. There are Moolavar and utsavar idols of Arunagirinathar are enshrined here.
Within the next enclosure is a shrine dedicated to the consort of Lord Siva and a large seated Nandi bull facing the temple of Lord Siva. Within the enclosure are deities on the walls, such as Siva, Parvati, Subrahmanya, Ganesh, and Lakshmi. For more details contact ; Ph: 04175-252438.
Special poojas are offered every Monday, Friday, Saturdays and on the first day of every Tamil month, Sukla Chaturthis. Pooja timings : Kalasanthi starts at 9.30am, Uchikala poojai at 11.30am, Sayarakshai Pooja at 5.30pm, Ardhajama poojai at 9.30pm.
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Sri Seshadri Swamigal Ashram
Constructed across Pennaiyar River, it is 30 km from Thiruvannamalai. One of the famous picnic spot and a day outing site in Thiruvannamalai, it is constructed in 1958. The dam has a capacity of 7321 million cubic feet. There is a beautiful Botanical garden with many varieties of ornamental plants and flowers and a well maintained zoological park with lawns. Inside the park, there is a min zoo.
A Swimming pool is also built inside the dam to enjoy the tourist. A large Crocodile farm and a fish grotta to know the life of Crocodile and fish culture. Thie botanical garden is one of the Famous Cine Shooting Spot in South India.
Situated in the northwestern part of Tiruvannamalai, and a part of the Eastern Ghats it is a beautiful mountain lies at about 2350 feet to 3500 feet above sea level. It has many scenic spots such as Beema Falls, Komutteri Lake, Kavalur Observatory, Amirthi Forest, and the Glass House.