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Arunachaleswara Temple

Arunachaleswara Temple

By: Hari Prasad Doddi On: 2015-07-30 Category: Pancha Bhoota Stalas Views: 1719
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Arunachaleswarar or Annamalaiyar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the deity Shiva, located at the base of Annamalai hills in the town of Thiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu, India. It is significant to the Hindu sect of Saivism as one of the temples associated with the five elements, the Pancha Bhoota Stalas, and specifically the element of fire, or Agni. Shiva is worshiped as Annamalaiyar or Arunachaleswarar, and is represented by the lingam, with his idol referred to as Agni lingam.


Legend:

In Hindu mythology, Parvati, wife of Shiva, once closed the eyes of her husband playfully in a flower garden at their abode atop Mount Kailash. Although only a moment for the gods, all light was taken from the universe, and the earth, in turn, was submerged in darkness for years. Parvati performed penance along with other devotees of Shiva. Then her husband appeared as a column of fire at the top of Annamalai hills, returning light to the world. He then merged with Parvati to form Ardhanarishvara, the half-female, half-male form of Shiva. The Annamalai, or red mountain, lies behind the Annamalaiyar temple, and is associated with the temple of its namesake. The hill is sacred and considered a lingam, or iconic representation of Shiva, in itself.


The Significance of Girivalam (Circumambulation)

In most of the holy places the Deity is found atop the hill. But here the Holy hill itself is the Deity (Lord Annamalaiyar) and is worshipped. "Arunam" means sun and denotes the red colour of fire. "Asalam" means "Giri" or "malai" (mountain). Thus "Arunachalam" means the HOly hill which is rd in colour. The Holy hill is 2668 fi. high.


The Annamalai Hill was Agni (fire) during Kirthayugam, was Manikkam (Emerad) during Threthayugam, was Pon (Gold) during Dwaparayugam and rock during Kaliyugam. There are eight lingams located at the eight directions and provides an octagonal structure to Thiruvannamalai Town. The eight lingams are: Indra Lingam, Agni Lingam, Yama Lingam, Niruthi Lingam, Varuna Lingam, Vayu Lingam, Kubera Lingam and Esanya Lingam. The Adi Annamalai Temple glorified in Dhevaram is located on this path.

 

Name

Cardinal

Installed By

Dominant

Indra Linagam

Direction

Lord Indira, King of Celestials

Navagraha

Agni Lingam

East

Lord Agni (God of Fire)

Surya and Sukra

Yama Lingam

South East

Yama, God of Death

Chandra

Niruthilingam

South

Niruthi, the King of Giants

Kuja

Varunalingam

South West

Varuna, the God of Rain

Raghu

Vayulingam

West

Vayu the God of Air

Sani

Kubera Lingam

North West

Kubera, the God of Wealth

Kethu

Easanya Lingam

North

Easanya

Guru

Name

North East

Installed By

Budha

 

The circumambulation path is 14 kilometres. History has it that even today a number of siddhars are living on the hill. It is auspicious to perform "Girilvalam" during every Full moon day which would do immense good. It is because during Full Moon Day siddhars movement would be there and the whole atmosphere would be filled with perfumes of herbal plants. This will provide peace of mind and good health to body. It is a proven fact that on every Full moon day lakhs of devotees circumambulate the Hill and get all benefits by praying to Lord Annamalaiyar.

Events & Festivals:

Details of Annual Festivals (urchavam) of the Temple:

S.No.

Tamil Month

Festival Details

1

Chithirai (April - May)

Chitirai vasantha urchavam 10 days.

2

Vaikasi (May - June)

Vaikasi Urchavam 1 day.

3

Ani (June - July)

Ani Bramorchavam 10 days.

4

Adi (July - August)

Ani Thirumanjanam (Lord Nataraja Urchavam 1 day).

5

Avani (August - Sept.)

Adi Pooram Bramorchavam 10 days.

6

Puratasi (Sept. - Oct.)

Avani Moolam Urchavam 1 day.

7

Aippasi (Oct. - Nov.)

Navarathri Urchavam 9 days.

8

Karthigai (Nov. - Dec.)

Annabisheka Urchavam 1 day.

9

Margazhi (Dec. - Jan.)

Kanda Sashti urchavam 6 days.

10

Thai (Jan. - Feb.)

Karthigai Deepa Bramorchavam 17 days.

11

Masi (Feb. - March)

Vaikunda Ekadasi Urchavam 1 day.

12

Panguni (March - April)

Arudra Darisanam (Lord Nataraja Urchavam) 1 day.

 

Pooja Timings:

Timings

Pooja Details

5.30 A.M

Ukshakala Pooja

8.00 A.M

Kala santhi Pooja

11.30 A.M

Uchikala Pooja

5.30 P.M

Sayaratchai Pooja

7.30 P.M

Irandam Kala Pooja

9.00 P.M

Arthajama Pooja


Nearby Places:

·         Kalyana Mahal

·         Chandragiri

·         Krishnagiri fort

Location:

City                        : Thiruvannamalai

Dist.                       : Thiruvannamalai

State                       : Tamil Nadu

Country                : India

PIN                        : 606 601


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Map:
Sources:

http://www.arunachaleswarartemple.tnhrce.in/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annamalaiyar_Temple

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