The grandeur of ARUNACHALA

  • By Dr Chithra Madhavan
  • July 26 2020

“One of the largest and oldest temples in India is dedicated to Lord Siva as Arunachalesvara in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu. The Lord is worshipped in the form of an ancient lingam, which is regarded as svayambhu (not man-made). The huge temple, dating back to the ninth century and extending over 25 acres, is at the base of the majestic Annamalai hill that rises up to about 2,600 ft.


The temple is one of the Pancha Bhoota Sthalas (five famous Siva temples in South India), each lingam being a manifestation of a natural element: Land, water, air, sky and fire.”


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To see two albums of temple

1. Album 1

2. Album 2


This article was first published in the  May 2014 issue of Tattvaloka, the Splendour of Truth. Tattvaloka is published under the aegis of the illustrious 9th century Sringeri Sri Sharada Peetham, and the Jagadguru Sri Sankaracharya of Sringeri. This article is courtesy and copyright Tattvaloka ( You can subscribe online at . Cost is Rs 496/ for one year (12 monthly issues) print, Rs 1,390 for three years, Rs 11,900 for Lifetime subscription.


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