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 Tiruvanamalai famous temple town is the district head quarters of Tiruvannamalai District. The Tiruvannamalai District lies between 11° 55' and 13° 15' North latitude and 78° 20' to 79° 50' East longitude. The district is bounded on the north and west by Vellore District, on the southwest by Dharmapuri District, on the southby Villupuram District and on the east by Kanchipuram District. 

    Tiruvannamalai  is one of the Pancha Bhoota stalas  of Lord Shiva  associated with the element fire.  The other  four stalas are Tiruvanaikkaval (Water), Chidambaram (Space), Kanchipuram (earth) and sri kalahasti (wind). Here  God Shiva has manifested himself in the form  of the Hill. In most of the places the Deity is found atop of hill, but in Tiruvannamalai  the holy hill itself is the Deity and worshipped. The other name of  Tiruvannamalai are Arunagiri, Sonagiri, Arunachalam, Mukthipuri etc.

    Siva Puranam mentions four sacred places for  obtaining salvation. Tiruvannamalai is one among them. Mere remembrance of Lord Arunachaleswarar gives salvaton to all souls.

    Tiruvannamalai is the  "Manipoorga Sthalam" of six athara sthalams.

    Tiruvannamalai one  the  sacred places (Lord Siva Temples) which were praised by the hymns of Thevaram. 

How to reach

    Tiruvannamalai is well connected by road. It is situated in junction of Chittor-Cuddalore State Highway and also Puduchery - Bangalooru National Highway.

   The nearest airport is at Chennai 195 KM away.

   From Chennai and frequent bus services are available, one through Chengleput, Madurantakam, Tindivanam and Gingee, and the other through Sri Perumbudur, Kancheepuram, Vellore and Polur.

   The town is about 90 kms from Vellore, 60 kms from Tindivanam, 60 kms from Villupuram and 100 kms from Krishnagiri.

   It is well connected by train and road from Chennai, and also from other parts of the state.

  Tiruvannamalai railway station is situated on the Villupuram - Katpadi Section of the Southern Railway.

   Once Brahama and vishnu  argued  about  which one them was agreater, and went to Lord Shiva to settle  their dispute.  Lord shiva  appeared before them as pillar of fire, and asked them  who was able to find either is beginning or end was greater.  vishnu went downwards into the earth and Brahma flew upwares in to space, but no matter how far they travelled they could not find the base  or crest of  the lingam  of fire. Both lost their arrogance and bowed before Lord Shiva. the pillar of  fire became the hill of Arunachala  a natural Lingam.

 The temple is one of the biggest temples in South India. It has architecural importance and sculputural beauty. It spreads over an extent of 24 acres. 

The temple is situated east at the bottom of the hill. It faces east. It has got  four towers on all the four sides and  an four high stone walls. 

The inscription found in Annamalaiar Temple are of great historic importance. The Archeological Department  have copied 119 epigraphs of the temple. Most of them pertain to the cholas who ruled for a long time. The rest belonging to kpopperujinga pallava, Pandyar, Hoysalas, viora vallala Deva, Vijsayanagara Ruers, krishna Deva Raya, Tanjore Nayak kings, sevappa etc.  

The oldest inscriptions are found in the walls of the sanctum. The inscreiptions in the walls of the  prakaras are of later dates. The inscriptions of recent times are near the four entrances. The inscriptions  reveal the growth o this temple through different periods.

 Arunachaleswara Temple Opening Timings 

Morning Temple opening                                                          5.30 AM 

Noon Temple closing                                                                12.30 PM 

Noon Temple opening                                                               3.30 PM 

Night Temple closing                                                                9.30 PM

 Karthigai Deepam

 Many festivals are celebrated at Arunachaleswarar temple in Tiruvannamalai throughout the year. Among them Karthigai Deepam is the most significant festival  at Arunachaleswarar temple.. This Karthikai Deepam is celebrated as a ten day festival and it widely known as Karthigai Brahmotsavam .

The first day  Karthika Deepam festival begins with the hosting of the flag signifying the commencement of the festival also known as Dwajaroghanam. In the morning and night Lord Arunachaleswarar will be taken out on the silver vahana for procession. The Panchamurthis(Panchamurthigal) are also taken out in the procession. The Panchamurthigal are Lord Ganapathi, Lord Murugan, Lord Sandeswarar, Lord Arunachaleswarar and Goddess Parvathi. These processions are carried out on different vahanas after the Deeparadhana is done at the kalyana mandapam.

The second day  Karthigai Deepam festival commences with the Lord Panchamurthigal coming on Indira Vimanam the chariot of Lord Indira.

The third day  Karthigai Deepam festival the ceremony begins at night with the Lord Panchamurthigal coming in procession majestically on the Simha vahana, the chariot of lion.

On the fourth day of Karthikai Deepam the Lord Panchamurthigal comes in the procession that starts at night on the kamadhenu vahanam. The auspicious tree Karpaviruksha is also on the side of the lord. This tree is believed to grant all the wishes that the devotees seek without fail.

The fifth day  Karthikai Deepam festival begins at night. This procession on the silver rishaba vahanam is very appealing and splendid to witness. Lord Panchamurthigal goes on this vahana that is about 25 feet tall. A big umbrella with about 17 feet in diameter is carried along in the procession.

The sixth day  Karthigai Deepam festival commences with a night procession of Lord Panchamurthigal on the silver chariot that is beautifully crafted and simply imposing when it comes around the temple.

The seventh day  of Karthikai Deepam festival Lord Panchamurthigal starts with the procession on the Maha ratham that is very huge and it almost occupies the full width of the road. This ratham is made of pure wood that is strong and rugged.

The eight day Karthigai Deepam festival begins at night with the Lord Panchamurthigal going out on procession on the huge horse vahana. The speciality of this horse is that all the four legs of this horse are in the air and they do not touch the ground.

On the ninth day of Karthigai Deepam festival the devotees can witness Lord Panchamurthigal going out procession on the Kailasa Vahanam. This ceremony is mostly conducted on the ninth night.

The tenth day  Karthigai Deepam festival starts at around four o clock in the early hours and the Bharani Deepam is lit at the temple. In the evening the Mahadeepam is lit on the top of the hill at around six o clock. This is a very important ceremony during the Karthigai Deepam festival at Tiruvannamalai. Arunachaleswarar is said to be visually represented in the form of agni on the hill top. There is a very mammoth gathering on this day at the Arunachaleswarar temple to witness this glorious and sacred event. The night ceremony starts with Lord Periya nayagar going out procession on the Rishaba vahanam that is made of gold. This is another spectacular event at Arunachaleswar temple at Tiruvannamalai.

Theppam First Day

 Lord Chandrasekarar,

Theppam Second Day

Lord Parasakthi

Theppam Third Day

Lord Subramaniar goes in the boat and this is called Theppam, since it carried out in the tank. Lord Arunachaleswarar goes procession round the hill, known as Girivalam or pradhiksahana. With this ceremony the Karthigai Deepam festival at Arunachaleswarar temple comes to a grand conclusion with the devotees taking back home some divine blessings and memories from this ancient holy city Tiruvannamalai.

Last Day Festival

Chandikesvarar Procession on Silver Rishaba Vahana.


 Places around Tiruvannamalai


Virupakshi Cave

Mammara Guhai

Ramana Ashram

Seshadri Swamigal Asharam 

Gingee Fort

The fort is located in the Villupuram District.

Sattanur Dam

Sattanur Dam is the major tourist spot in Tiruvannamalai. It is  built across the River Penner.

 Jawadhu Hills


 Yogi Ram Surathkuamr ashram

Arahanthgiri Jain  Math


Temples  around Tiruvannamalai

Paruvadhamalai near Thiruvannamalai

Just like in Thiruvannamalai, at Parvatha Malai also, 'GIRIVALAM' (trekking the path around the hill) is said to be virtuous and beneficial and devotees from different corners throng to undertake 'GIRIVALAM' on full moon day every month of the year. Especially the first day of Tamil month 'MARGAZHI' is famous and important. Thousands of devotees visit Parvatha Malai for this 'Special GIRIVALAM' that particular day and are blessed by the grace of Lord Malligarjun and Lordess Brahmarambika. The 'GIRIVALAM' path of Parvatha Malai is 25 kms. and it takes about 8 hours to complete, while Thiruvannamalai GIRIVALAM path is 14 kms and it takes about 4 hours to cover.

The temple has no doors or compound wall and also no 'priests' to perform 'pujas'. The visiting devotees themselves can perform 'pujas', do 'abisheham' and 'arathanas' like in most of the North Indian temples. 'Nishta' is reached in no time when one performs 'meditation' at the top of the hill (that is the power of the 'vibration' of the hill and the presiding deities). Few devotees have experienced 'Miracles' in the hill and the temple. One has to personally experience to believe them. In many cases such 'miracles' have been encountered by few fortunate devotees when they stay overnight in the hill

Vandavasi (       KM away) 

Swayambu Jalakandeswarar Temple   

Ranganatha Perumal koil   

Kottai Baktha Anjaneyar Temple   

 Vengundram  (vandavasi to Kanchipuram Highway)  

Venguneswarar Temple    

Avaniyapuram (Chetpet to Arni Road)   

Sri Lakshmi Narasimhar and Lord Venketeshwarar temple   

 Avaneeswaar Temple  

Seeyamangalam cave temple   


Ranganathar Temple (Hill temple)  

 In case of any emegency  (Medical, Fire, Police )  you can call    108    Ambulance service, which is always available.And these are some emergency Help lines.

  District Police Office Tiruvannamalai         04175-233431 Email  sp.tntvm@nic.in
Tiruvannamalai Police station (Taluk)        04175-232274

Tiruvannamalai Police station (East)        04175-250444

Tiruvannamalai Police station (Town)      04175 -222302  

 Tiruvannamalai Government Hospital  Thirumanjana Gopura Street                 04175-223080, 04175-223084

Tiruvannamalai Sothern  Railway  Hospital Muthu vinayagar Kovil Street             04175-253089

 Thiruvannamalai  District  Police Officers CUG  Mobile Numberses

(Please Use this Mobile Numbers carefully)

 1 DSP TVM Town SDO 9445491001

2 Inspector TVM Town (L & O) 9445491023

3 Inspector TVM Town (Crime) 9445491037

4 Inspector TVM East 9445491032

5 Inspector TVM Taluk 9445491038

6 Inspector Kilpennathur 9445491042

7 Inspector Vettavalam 9445491025

8 Inspector TVM Traffic 9445490901

9 Inspector Control Room 9445491043

10 Inspector TVM, AWPS 9445491045

11 SI TVM, Town (L & O) 9445491039

12SI TVM, Town (Crime) 9445491033

13 SI TVM, East 9445491036

14 SI TVM, East 9445491034

15 SI TVM, East 9445491035

16 SI TVM, Taluk 9445490949

17 DSP TVM Rural SDO 9445491040

18 Inspector Veraiyur 9445490941

19 Inspector Thandrampet 9445490936

20 SI Veraiyur 9445490942

21 SI Veraiyur 9445490945

22 SI Thachampet 9445490935

23 SI Thandrampet 9445490938

24 SI Thandrampet 9445490937

25 SI Thanipadi 9445490939

26 SI Vanapuram 9445490940

27 DSP ChengamSDO 9445491050

28 Inspector Chengam 9445490915

29 Inspector Melchengam 9445490954

30 SI Chengam 9445490947

31 SI Chengam 9445490948

32 SI Pudupalayam 9445490943

33 SI AWPS, Chengam. 9445490956

34 SI Melchengam 9445490955

35 SI Sathanurdam 9445490922

36 SI Sathanurdam 944549095037 SI Pachal 9445490993

38 SI Chengam, AWPS 9445490944

39 SSI Sathanurdam 9445490951

40 DSP Polur SDO 9445491060

41 Inspector Polur 9445490968

42 Inspector Chetpet 9445490964

43 Inspector Kalasapakkam 9445490958

44 Inspector Kadaladi 9445490962

45 SI Polur 9445490952

46 SI Polur 9445490969

47 SI Chetpet 9445490965

48 SI Kalasapakkam 9445490959

49 SI Kalasapakkam 9445490961

50 SI Jamunamaruthur 9445490966

51 SI AWPS, Polur 9445490960

52 SI AWPS, Polur 9445490957

53 DSP Arni SDO  9445491070


1879: Sri Ramana Maharshi was born on 30th December, at 1 A.M in Tiruchuli

1892: Death of father, Sundaram Iyer. Bhagavan Moved to Madurai

1899:  Bhagavan moves to the Hill, Arunachala.  Stays in Various caves up the Hill, but mostly in Virupaksha Cave, using Mango Tree Cave as summer residence

1908 (January to March): Stays at Pachaiamman Koil (with Ganapati Muni and others) and again goes back to Virupaksha Cave

1927: Bhagavan composes 'Upadesa Saram' in Tamil, Telugu, Sanskrit and Malayalam

1939 (September 1): Foundation laid by Bhagavan for the Matrubhuteswara Temple


     The degree of freedom from unwanted thoughts and the degree of concentration on a single thought are the measures to gauge spiritual progress .

      As all living beings desire to be happy always, without misery, as in the case of everyone there is observed supreme love for one's self, and as happiness alone is the cause for love, in order to gain that happiness which is one's nature and which is experienced in the state of deep sleep where there is no mind, one should know one's self. For that, the path of knowledge, the inquiry of the form "Who am I?", is the principal means.

      Knowledge itself is 'I'. The nature of (this) knowledge is existence-consciousness-bliss.


     What is called mind is a wondrous power existing in Self. It projects all thoughts. If we set aside all thoughts and see, there will be no such thing as mind remaining separate; therefore, thought itself is the form of the mind. Other than thoughts, there is no such thing as the mind.

 Whatever is done lovingly, with righteous purity and with peace of mind, is a good action. Everything which is done with the stain of desire and with agitation filling the mind is classified as a bad action.

Pain or pleasure is the result of past Karma and not of the present Karma. Pain and pleasure alternate with each other. One must suffer or enjoy them patiently without being carried away by them. One must always try to hold on to the Self. When one is active one should not care for the results and must not be swayed by the pain or pleasure met with occasionally. He who is indifferent to pain or pleasure can alone be happy.



To enquire `Who am I ?' really means trying to find out the source of the ego or the `I'-thought. You are not to think of other thoughts, such as `I am not this body'. Seeking the source of `I' serves as a means of getting rid of all other thoughts. We should not give scope to other thoughts, such as you mention, but must keep the attention fixed on finding out the source of the `I' - thought by asking, as each thought arises, to whom the thought arises. If the answer is `I get the thought' continue the enquiry by asking `Who is this "I" and what is its source?`











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