19 June 2006

Arunachaleswarar Temple

The Arunachaleswarar Temple, faces east and is situated at the base of Arunachala. It is unique on account of its stately towers, high rampart walls, broad quadrangles, spacious gateways, large mantapams and fine tanks. With the hill as background, from a distance. the Temple looks very much like a fort.

Arunachaleswarar Temple has four Towers on each side of it’s high stone walls.

Eastern Tower - Rajagopuram (highest at 217 feet)
Southern Tower - Thirumanjangopuram
Western Tower - Peygopuram
Northern Tower - Ammaniamma Gopuram

The temple occupies an area of approximately 25 acres. The walls on the East and West measure 700 feet each. Arunachaleswarar Temple is one of the biggest and grandest temples in South India

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