Why Lord Annamalayar is Worshipped in the Form of a Flame?

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Although there are numerous temples of Lord Shiva across the country of India, the Annamalayar temple in Thiruvannamalai finds a special place for itself as the main deity Lord Shiva is being worshipped in the form of a “flame”. There are many legends associated with the story of why Lord Shiva took the form of […]

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Sathanur Dam

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Sathanur is a town situated in the Tiruvannamalai District of Tamil Nadu. It is located at 30 km from Tiruvannamalai and 208 km from the capital city, Chennai. Sathanur Dam Sathanur Dam is a major dam with a capacity of 7,321,000,000 cu ft.  The dam is constructed across Pennaiyar River in Thandarampet Taluk among the […]

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Festivals celebrated in Tiruvannamalai

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Tiruvannamalai, popularly known as temple city is located 190 kilometers from Chennai. The city is famous for celebrating major festivals listed below. Devotees all over the world visit this holy city to celebrate various festivals including Karthigai Deepam and Shivaratri. Karthigai Deepam: Tiruvannamalai is popularly known for the grand ten-day celebration of the Karthigai Deepam […]

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Places to Explore in Thiruvannamalai

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Situated at the foot hills of Annamalai hills, Tiruvannamalai is a popular pilgrim center. The sacred city is located about 80 kms from Vellore. There are two deities that are worshipped in this temple city namely, Parvathi and Shiva. Shiva is worshipped here in the form of Agni and is called by devotees as Arunachaleswarar […]

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What is Arunachaleshwara Giri Valam & Why should it be undertaken with a stay at Tiruvannamalai?

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The circumambulation of Arunachala is known as Giri Pradakshina in Sanskrit and Giri Valam in Tamil. Performing pradakshina of Arunachala is considered to be beneficial in all ways. Typically, pradakshina is done in bare feet, with the Hill and Temple on the right. Sri Ramana Maharshi once explained the meaning of the word pradakshina and […]

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Why Karthigai Deepam is celebrated in Thiruvannamalai

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During the Tamil month of Karthigai on a full moon day, Lord Shiva appeared before Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma, who each considered himself supreme and said that the matter could be tested if the two could search for Lord Shiva’s Head and Feet. Lord Vishnu took the form of a boar and delved deep […]

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Tiruvannamalai the Sacred City Of South India

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Tiruvannamalai is one of the most revered cities in the state of TamilNadu, India. The word “Annamalai” refers to an inaccessible mountain. This temple city is situated about 80 kilometers from Vellore and 180 kilometres from Chennai. The temple town is one of the hubs for the Hindu religion and is also one of the […]

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