26 March 2009

Visit to Arunagirinathar Temple

Visited Arunagirinathar this morning for a function and was happy for the opportunity to spend time at this ancient, fascinating Temple. The large Iyyankulam Tank next to the Temple is famous as the venue for the Gods to leisurely enjoy some evenings during Deepam Festival on floats on the Tank.

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Today I climbed to the roof of a neighbour's house in order to take some photographs -- below is a very fine photo of the Temple Gopuram with Arunachala as background.

The below photograph is also taken from the neighbour's roof.

Renovation of this ancient Temple began about seven years ago. The Temple's independent Trust has done a great job in raising funds for its restoration and development.

I hope to soon post information about the mythology and history of this important Shiva Temple.


Selvi said...

I also know and LOVE this Temple. Wonder why more people don't visit it.



Where is this temple? How far from Chennai?


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Meenakshi Ammal said...

This Arunagirinathar Temple is at Tiruvannamalai and located a five minute walk from Arunachaleswarar Temple. Ask a local for directions to the Ayyakulam Tank and the Temple is right next to it.

It is the third most famous Shiva Temple at Arunachala, (1) Arunachaleswarar Tempe (Adi Annamalai Temple) (3) Arunagirinathar Temple.

In the case of the name of this Temple, the name is representative of Lord Shiva . . . not the great saint Arunagirinathar. Shrines to the saint himself are located inside the Big Temple.

Anonymous said...

Thanks a million for the post