Thiruvannamalai City Guide

Thiruvannamalai
Thiruvannamalai
Thiruvannamalai
Thiruvannamalai
Thiruvannamalai
Thiruvannamalai

One of the FIVE Shiva Temples representing the basic elements of the Universe namely Water, Air, Fire, Earth and the Sky. Out of these Tiruvannamalai represents the Earth where the huge mountain itself is likened to be the Lord Shiva. The city is administrative capital of the city and situated from Chennai in Tamil Nadu. You can see pilgrims from all over the world visit this temple and the several Ashrams situated around this temple. The city is becoming very famous for the Girivalam, that is the devotees circumambulating the mountain covering a distance of 13 kilomters on the full moon day. Nearly Fifteen Lakhs of devotees attend Girivalam every month.

Sightseeing Destinations :

Arunachaleshwar Temple : It is a famous tourist attraction and is one of the grand as well as biggest temples located in South India. The holy place is dedicated to Deity Unnamulai Amman and Lord Shiva. The temple is one among the essential five elements, symbolizing Fire (Agni). The shrine also holds architectural significance as well as scriptural beauty.

Note: Foreigners are not permissible or allowed into the sanctum area. Foreign visitors are allowed till the 03rd corridor of the temple.

  • Entrance fee
  • Time to visit
  • Holidays
  • Video camera
  • Nill
  • 5.30 AM-12.30 PM & 3.30 PM–9:00 PM
  • No
  • Not Allowed

Girivalam Path : On festive days like Karthigai, Tamil New Year day, first day of the Tamil month and Full Moon days,thousands of disciples walk around the mountain (GIRIVALAM) to seek the Lord Arunachala's blessings. Girivalam is made up of two words, 'Giri' means hill & 'Valam' means coming around. It means coming around the hill, which is called Girivalam.

  • Entrance fee
  • Time to visit
  • Holidays
  • Video camera
  • Nill
  • 6.00 AM–01:00 PM & 4 PM–9:00 PM
  • No
  • Not Allowed

How to do Girivalam :

  • People performing this are advised to walk around the hill barefoot. The mountain covers approximately 14 Km of distance.
  • All through the Girivalam process, always view the top of the Arunachala hill.
  • If possible, Girivalam should be started only in full moon nights or also in regular nights.
  • During Girivalam, devotees should mumble “Om Arunachala”.

Sri Seshadri Swamigal Ashram : This ashram is close to Sri Ramanashram flanked by the second & third Lingam on the way to Girivalam. At the Samadhi of Sri Seshadri Swamigal, regular worships (pujas) are performed. There are also some platforms for contemplation in the open, in a fine-looking backyard, in the shade of the trees.

  • Entrance fee
  • Time to visit
  • Holidays
  • Video camera
  • Nill
  • 6.00 AM–01:00 PM & 4 PM–9:00 PM
  • No
  • With prior permission

Sri Ramana Ashram : It is one of the sacred places of the town where Mahan Sri Ramana maharishi lived.People all around the world take a visit to this Ashram. It is positioned between the second & third Lingam on the way to Girivalam. Legend is that when someone meditates at the Ramana Ashram's meditation hall, then the spiritual connection gets evoked.

  • Entrance fee
  • Time to visit
  • Holidays
  • Video camera
  • Nill
  • 5.00 AM-12.00 PM & 2.00 PM–8:30 PM
  • No
  • With prior permission, otherwise not allowed

Day Trip from Tiruvannamalai

Tiruvannamalai –> Sathanur Dam –> Tiruvannamalai : Sathanur Dam is among the most important dams built across Pennaiyar River.This dam is 30 kms away from the town of Tiruvannamalai and can be reached by highway. It was built in the year 1958. Sathanur in cinema industry, the Dam is quite popular for shooting purposes. The films made during 1860-1980 were filmed over here. Here you can also find beautiful parks and lawns. A small zoo is also there for children's recreation.

  • Entrance fee
  • Time to visit
  • Holidays
  • Video camera
  • Rs 6/- per person
  • 7.00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Not
  • Not Allowed

Thiruvannamalai –> Vellore Golden Temple (Sripuram) –> Thiruvannamalai : Sripuram or Golden Temple is a religious park located at the base of a small range of green mountains at a place famous as Thirumalaikodi in the Vellore city. The Lakshmi Narayani temple or Mahalakshmi temple is the salient feature of Sripuram as the 'Ardha Mandapam' and 'Vimanam' have been encrusted with gold both in exterior and interior. Vellore is situated at a distance of 95 kms and takes 2 ½ hrs drive.

  • Entrance fee
  • Time to visit
  • Holidays
  • Video camera
  • Foreigner Rs-100/- and Rs 5/- for an Indian (Admission fee pertinent only to all monuments in the Rajagiri Fort & Krishnagiri Fort)
  • 9.00 AM–5:30 PM
  • Not
  • Not Allowed

Fairs, Festivals and Celebrations :

  • Throughout the year, a number of festivals are rejoiced at Arunachaleshwar temple in Tiruvannamalai.Karthigai Deepam is the most significant out of all and is celebrated every year in the month of Karthigai,which falls between 15th Nov & 15th Dec. This celebration always continues for a few weeks after Diwali celebration.It is rejoiced as a 13-days carnival and it is popularly famous as Karthigai Brahmotsavam.
  • The Aadipoora Vizha for Parasakthi takes place for ten days in July / August the Tamil month of Aadi.On the 10th (last) day fire walking and Valaikappu (bangles wearing) take place. Arunagiri Nadhar Vizha is celebrated on 15th August.
  • The Pancha Parva Vizha is also the name of the celebration, which is held during New Moon Day (Amavasya), Pradhosha,Sukra Varam, Karthigai & Soma Varam every month at the complex of this holy place.
  • Vallar Maharaja Festival takes place on Masi Maga day (February-March) and Final Ceremonies follow 1008 Sangu Abishegam on each Monday (Somvar) in the month of Nov/Dec (Karthigai). It is regarded as holy and attended by many people.
  • Chithirai Vizha is celebrated for 10 days, in Chithirai the Tamil month (April / May). This carnival ends in Chitra Pournami.The burning of Cupid (Manmada Dahana) also is performed there.

Ways to Get in :

Railways : TVillupuram is the nearest major Railway station at a distance of 70 Km – 1 ½ hours

Road : The place is well-linked with many other main cities of Andhra, Tamilnadu and Karnataka.

Airways : Chennai is the nearby airport at a distance of 200 Km – 4 ½ hours

  • Places
  • Distance
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  • Chennai
  • 200 km
  • 4 ½ hours
  • Mahabalipuram
  • 170 Km
  • 4 hrs
  • Thiruvannamalai
  • 150 Km
  • 3 ½ hours
  • Pondicherry
  • 110 Km
  • 2 ½ hours
  • Bangalore
  • 210 Km
  • 4 ½ hours
  • Thirupathi
  • 200 Km
  • 4 ½ hours
  • Trichy
  • 220 Km
  • 5 hours

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