1 August 2006


It is stated that Arunachala is the one kshetra where the Hill, the Temple deity and the town all bear the same name. The name in Tamil is Annamalai, which means the mount which is beyond all reach, not even Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma could reach either its top or bottom, according to the Skanda Purana.

The name Annamalai has now become Tiruvannamalai.
The prefix Tiru means Sri i.e. blessed auspiciousness.

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