Arunachalesvara Temple

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Arunachalesvara Temple, also called Annamalaiyar Temple, is a Hindu temple dedicated to the deity Shiva, located at the base of Arunachala hill in the town of Thiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu, India.wikipedia
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Tiruvannamalai

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Arunachalesvara Temple, also called Annamalaiyar Temple, is a Hindu temple dedicated to the deity Shiva, located at the base of Arunachala hill in the town of Thiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu, India.
Tiruvannamalai is named after the central deity of the Annamalaiyar Temple, Annamalaiyar.

Arunachala

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Arunachalesvara Temple, also called Annamalaiyar Temple, is a Hindu temple dedicated to the deity Shiva, located at the base of Arunachala hill in the town of Thiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu, India.
The Annamalaiyar Temple, a temple of Lord Shiva is located at the base of the hill.

Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department

Minister for Hindu Religious and Charitable EndowmentsDepartment of Hindu Religious and Charitable EndowmentsHRCE Department
The temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department of the Government of Tamil Nadu.

Pancha Bhoota Stalam

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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.

Paadal Petra Sthalam

Paadal Petra SthalamsPadal petra stalamAathara Stala
The presiding deity is revered in the 7th century Tamil Saiva canonical work, the Tevaram, written by Tamil saint poets known as the nayanars and classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam.

Temple car

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Five temple cars, called ther, with wooden carvings, are used for the procession.
Annamalaiyar Temple, Tiruvannamalai, Chidambaram Natarajar Temple are among the temples that possess these huge wooden chariots for regular processions.

Ramana Maharshi

Ramana MaharishiSri Ramana MaharshiBhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi
Pathala Lingam, the underground lingam, is the place where Ramana Maharshi (1879 – 1950 CE) is believed to have performed his penance.
On arriving in Tiruvannamalai, Maharshi went to the temple of Arunachaleswara.

Hindu temple

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Arunachalesvara Temple, also called Annamalaiyar Temple, is a Hindu temple dedicated to the deity Shiva, located at the base of Arunachala hill in the town of Thiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu, India.

Shiva

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Arunachalesvara Temple, also called Annamalaiyar Temple, is a Hindu temple dedicated to the deity Shiva, located at the base of Arunachala hill in the town of Thiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu, India.

Tamil Nadu

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Arunachalesvara Temple, also called Annamalaiyar Temple, is a Hindu temple dedicated to the deity Shiva, located at the base of Arunachala hill in the town of Thiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu, India.

India

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Arunachalesvara Temple, also called Annamalaiyar Temple, is a Hindu temple dedicated to the deity Shiva, located at the base of Arunachala hill in the town of Thiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu, India.

Agni

FireAgnīTejas
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.

Lingam

lingaShivalingaShiva Linga
Shiva is worshiped as Arunachalesvara or Annamalaiyar, and is represented by the lingam, with his idol referred to as Agni lingam.

Parvati

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His consort Parvati is depicted as Unnamalai Amman. 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.

Tevaram

ThevaaramThevaramTēvāram
The presiding deity is revered in the 7th century Tamil Saiva canonical work, the Tevaram, written by Tamil saint poets known as the nayanars and classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam.

Nayanars

NayanarNayanmarsNayanmar
The presiding deity is revered in the 7th century Tamil Saiva canonical work, the Tevaram, written by Tamil saint poets known as the nayanars and classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam.

Vijayanagara Empire

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The temple complex houses many halls; the most notable is the thousand-pillared hall built during the Vijayanagar period.

Five Thirty

5:30
The temple has six daily rituals at various times from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and twelve yearly festivals on its calendar.

Karthikai Deepam

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The Karthigai Deepam festival is celebrated during the day of the full moon between November and December, and a huge beacon is lit atop the hill.

Saluva dynasty

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The present masonry structure was built during the Chola dynasty in the 9th century, while later expansions are attributed to Vijayanagara rulers of the Sangama Dynasty (1336–1485 CE), the Saluva Dynasty and the Tuluva Dynasty (1491–1570 CE).

Tuluva dynasty

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The present masonry structure was built during the Chola dynasty in the 9th century, while later expansions are attributed to Vijayanagara rulers of the Sangama Dynasty (1336–1485 CE), the Saluva Dynasty and the Tuluva Dynasty (1491–1570 CE).

Government of Tamil Nadu

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The temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department of the Government of Tamil Nadu.

Mount Kailash

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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.

Ardhanarishvara

ArdhanariArdhanarisvaraArdhanarishwara
He then merged with Parvati to form Ardhanarishvara, the half-female, half-male form of Shiva.

Vishnu

Lord VishnuViṣṇuVisnu
Another legend is that once, while Vishnu and Brahma contested for superiority, Shiva appeared as a flame, and challenged them to find his source.