It is a Hindu shrine devoted to Lord Shiva. It is located at the bottom of the Arunachala mountain. This temple is in Thiruvannamalai town. In the shrine, there is linga, and it is known as Agni lingam with his idol. The consort of Shiva is Parvati, who is worshiped as Unnamalai Amman. Arunachalesvara's main temple is facing east.
It is one of India's largest temples. The size of the temple compound is ten hectares. The temple has four gopurams. The gopurams are also known as gateway towers. The eastern tower is the tallest among the four. Its height is 66 meters and with 11 floors. Sevappa Nayakkar has built this tower.
Festival celebrated in the temple
In the temple, the festivals are celebrated according to the Tamil month.
The timing of pooja in the temple is given below.
Services fees Details
The devotees have to pay the fees for performing some worship, which varies according to worship.
Halls of the temple
In the third precinct of the temple, there is Deepa Darshana madapam. The Deepa Darshana madapam is sixteen-pillared. It is also known as the hall of light. In the temple, there is one Magizha tree. In obeisance, childless couples attach tiny cradles to their branches.
The marriage hall is known as Kalyana mandapam, and it is located southwest of the temple. This hall is constructed in Vijayanagara style. The third hall is the Vasantha mandapam. In this mandapam, both the shrine office and the Kalahateeswarar temple are located here.
Facilities for Devotee
1. Footwear Stand:
A footwear stand has been provided for the devotees to take out the footwear. This is a free footwear stand, and it is located at the east raja gopuram.
2. Drinking water:
A drinking water facility has been provided for the devotees at 41 places. The water R.O. is placed at near tirukoil kalaiyarankam, near samy thirukalyana mandabam, swamy sannathi backside, near raja gopuram, near kili gopuram , near karunai illam, near sambantha vinayakar sannathi and near annamalayar tirupaatham etc.
3. Bathroom and toilet:
There are 36 bathrooms available on temple premises. There are 8 bathrooms for women, and 28 bathrooms are for men. The 8 toilets are available for women, and 8 toilets are for men.
The ways to reach the Arunachalesvara temple
1. By air:
The closest airport is Chennai International airport, which is located 185 kilometers away from the temple. Take a taxi or bus from the airport to reach Tiruvannamalai.
2. By road:
Tiruvannamalai is linked by road to all of South India's main towns. People can easily travel to Tiruvannamalai from other cities of Tamil Nadu by bus or car.
3. By rail:
Villupuram and Katpadi are the closest railway stations. The Villupuram station is 76 km away from the temple, and the Katpadi station is 65 km away from the temple. Take a taxi or bus from the station to reach the temple.