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Thiruvannamalai sri Annamalaiyar Temple history, pooja and girvalam details


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In this article the details about the Thiruvannamalai temple, History of thiuvannamalai Temple, History of the Thiruvannamalai holy Mountain, Details about hotels and lodges near and around thiruvannamala sri Arunachaleswar Temple and hospitals near Thiruvannamalai are well explained and provided the contact details of where necessary.



History of Thiruvannamalai Mountain in Tamil Nadu


The history of the Thiruvannamalai Temple starts as the mis-understanding between Lord Vishnu and Lord Bramma. As the mis-understanding grew between these Gods it became as a fight. The both argued that who was more powerful among them in this world. The sage Narathar came and told these two that Lord Shiva is the ultimate being of all. He convinced these two Gods by saying that Lord Shiva is the most powerful God in this world but it was not accepted by these two Gods.

Lord Shiva had decided to teach these two gods a lesson and make them understand about the ultimate Being. Lord Shiva came between the two and took the form of fire which was very huge. Lord Shiva said from the great fire that any one who approaches the fire's top and bottom will be the great and more powerful God for ever. Lord Bramma made himself as swan and flew to the tip on the top of the fire for many years and could not see the end for ever. Like wise Lord Vishnu also changed himself as boar and dug the mud for several years to see the bottom of the fire. He had failed to see the bottom of the fire. The two gods understood their mistake and came to Lord Shiva and requested him to stay in earth for ever and help the suffering people in earth. On accepting their wish Lord shiva has taken the form of a mountain and remained in the world for ever. This mountain is the present Thiruvannamalai Mountain. Lord Shiva is presented in the mountain and Temple in the manifestation of Arunachala.

Sri Annamalaiyar Temple in Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu


The Sri Annamalaiyar Temple in Thiruvannamalai is said to be the most famous and scared temple in Tmail Nadu. In this place all the major Gods had lived and worshiped the Lord Shiva. It is Lord Shiva the ultimate creator has manifested here in this temple in the sacred name of Annamalaiyar. Its is believed that the five natural forces (Water, fire, Air, Land and our old parents all have worshiped here in this Sri Annamalaiyar Temple in Thiruvannamalai as it is the place of Lord Shiva.

Also many of the great sages have lived in Thiruvannamalai and worshipped the lord Shiva. Few among them are Manika Vaasagar, thirunavukarasar and thiru gnana sambanthar. So it is believed that the incarnation of lord Shiva is present in this temple. The Temple building has taken so many changes and constructions and repairs to reach the present situation. Many kings and others have contributed to the growth of the Thiruvannamalai Temple.

Karthigai Deepam in Thiruvannamalai


The Karthigai Deepam is one of the most celebrated festival in this temple and it is very famous all around the whole world. Thousands of devotees come to this festival and celebrate with joy. This Kaarthigai Deepam is mainly celebrated in the month of November and December. During this festival the Great Deepam is burned on the hill top to remember the Shiva's fire which has taken at the starting of this holy mountain. During this festival the devotees take the statues of Lord Shiva, Ganesa, parvathi and Muruga and carry them in a great possession to the hill. The gods will have very costly wearings and gold jewelleries on them as their dress.

Girivalam in Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu


The Girivalam in Thiruvannamalai is celebrated on every full moon day. During this session the people come around the mountain for one full round. The Girivalam starts usually in the evening and ends in the early morning. The devotees feel that going round the hill on the full moon day is like a pilgrimage and it gives the true salvation from all our sins. Its believed like this because Lord Shiva himself told to Gautama Budha about this hill. He said that who ever goes round the hill on the full moon day will get the special blessings of Lord Shiva.

Pooja timings in Thiruvannamalai Arunachala Temple, Tamil Nadu


The pooja (prayers) are conducted daily for many times in this temple. The Prayers in Thiruvannamalai temple are fixed for the welfare of the devotes. The main prayers conducted in this temple are listed below. On special occasions these time may be subject to change as there could be many other special poojas.
  1. Uksakala pooja is conducted in the early morning by 5.30 am.
  2. Kala santhi pooja is conduted in the morning by 8 am.
  3. Uchikala pooja is done during fore morning by 11.30 am
  4. Sayaratcchai pooja is conducted in the evening by 5.30 pm
  5. Irantamkala pooja is conducted in the evening time by 7.30 pm
  6. Artha Jaama pooja is conducted in the late evening by 9 pm.
The anna Thanam in this Arunachala temple is given for the maximum number of hundred per day.

Hospitals Near the Arunchala Temple in Thiruvannamalai


Arul Grace Hospital: This hospital is run by the Christian nuns. Comparing to all other hospitals in and around Thiruvannamalai this hospital is very economic.
Bus route : the hospital is on the pondy high way just near the rail way station. Autos are available from the bus stand.

Sri Ragavendra Hospital: The Sri Ragavendra Hospital is another one best served economic hospital. It is little far from the Thiruvannamalai Bus stand. Its also a good shelter of the poor sick people because of the plan introduced there. The special plan of Kalainger Kaapitu thittam is working in this hospital. Through this the poor people can get free hospital facilities. Sri Ragavendra Hospital mobile No: 9443336047
Bust route : The people can go to this hospital through town buses and share autos. The share autos are available to this hospitals from the Thiruvannamalai General Hospital road.

Sri Ramana Maharishi Eye Hospital: The Sri Ramana Maharishi Eye hospital is situated in the city near the Thiruvannamalai scared mount. The hospital is located in Soma vargular street.
Phone numbers: 04175/229461

Lodges and Hotels Near Thiruvannamalai Temple


Ganesha Hotel: The Hotel Ganesha is located in the big street (periya veedhi) and it is easier for one to go by walk to the hotel from the bus stand.
Contact Number: 9443403775

Hotel Trisule: Hotel Trisule is one of the grand hotel equal to the city side hotel we can find Thiurvannamalai. This hotel is not so far from the bus stand. The trisule hotel is one K.m away from the Thiruvannamalai bus stand.
Contact Numbers : 9444519227

Annamalai Guest House: The Annamalai Guest house (lodge) is located in Vadasanthi street, Thiurvannamalai. This lodge is just near the Sri Annamalaiyar Temple near the fourth tower.
Contact numbers: 9245273553
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