Tiruvannamalai is a highly sacred and revered destination with plenty of temples. The Shiva temple in Tiruvannamalai is believed to be the largest temple in the world dedicated to lord Shiva. Shiva is known by devotees as Annamalayar or Arunachaleswarar. The Shiva temple is built around 700 A.D and is rich in history, tradition and architectural splendor.
Tiruvannamalai is one of the Pancha Bhoota Sthalangal (places) symbolizing Fire out of the five of Earth, Wind, Water, Fire and Space. This temple is dedicated to Arunachaleswarar “God Shiva”, venerated as Agni Lingam (Lingam of Fire). People believe that Lord Shiva manifested himself in the form of a massive column of fire, whose crown and feet, Bhramma and Vishnu attempted to reach but went in vain. A celebration of this manifestation is performed as Shivaratri and the Karthigai Deepam Festival held here.
Worshipping the Arunachala Hill with a tranquil mind expiates our sins and regain our position in life and our good wishes get fulfilled. The karthigai deepam festival involves lighting a massive sacred fire atop of the Tiruvannamalai hill with this sacred light can be seen even 40 kms away.
The devotees go on Girivalam on a full moon day. The circumambulation path is 14 Kms and people consider it to be religious to go around the hill by walk. By offering worship to the Shiva in Tiruvannamalai, it is believed that devotees will be freed from all their karmas.
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