Thiruvannamalai

Thiruvannamalai map

Often called the Moon City, Thiruvannamalai is a humble, pilgrimage town in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Every month at the full moon thousands of pilgrims gather to circumnavigate the base of the Arunachala Mountain, approximately 14 km in circumference, where Shiva is honored as Arunachaleswar. Thiruvannamalai is one of the Pancha Butha Sthalangal, or rather one of the places where God appeared glorified in the form of an element, namely fire. Traveling to Tiruvannamalai is a spiritual journey filled with destiny and often leaves visitors physically, mentally and emotionally inspired. Many records date it as a pilgrimage site as far back as 150 BC.

Not only is the red mountain Arunachala a significant factor in the spirituality connected with this site but also the construction of the Arunachal temple. The temple is the center of Thiruvannamalai’s octagonal formation and in strict observance with sacred geometry. The ancient Tamils or Dravidas were very observant of mathematical repetition in natural patterns, and sought to include them in the proportions of the temple. The shape of the temple and its situation magnifies the energies of its surroundings.

For thousands of years sadhus (spiritual men), priestesses, pilgrims and gurus have come in search of answers and enlightenment at Thiruvannamalai. Their dancing, praying, and chanting have continued to charge the Arunachala hill and town with energies of peace, love, healing, and divinity. Many famous gurus have established ashrams here including Advaita Vendanta guru Ramana Maharshi as well as Seshadri Swamigal and RamSurat Kumar. But even more famous is the Deepam festival held here every year and is celebrated over a period of 13 days. The first 3 days of the procession take place at the Durga Temple and the remaining days are celebrated in the Annamalai temple.

Places of Interest
Arunachala Temple — Also known as Annaamalai, this famous shrine of Tamil Nadu is a living symbol of ancient Tamil architecture. There are 11 levels to the temple and it stands at 217 feet with 4 separate tower entrances penetrating the formidable walls. The hall contains 1000 pillars and while crumbling a bit this cavernous wonder is the essence of Dravidian architecture. On each pillar can be seen scenes of battling horsemen, dancing girls, lions, and images of Ganesh.

Bazaar - Within the temple there are shops were some souvenirs can be purchased such as little baskets, beaded necklaces, religious books and prasadams. It is also possible to buy little oil lamps here that can be lit and then are removed by temple staff when they have burned out. Also you can purchase bananas which you can either eat yourself or feed to the elephants, your choice!

Gingee Fort - Originally built during the Chola dynasty in the 9th Century it was later expanded during the Vijayanagar Empire in the 13th Century. This impenetrable citadel was a strategic place for fending off invading armies and became the headquarters for the Gingee Nayakas. Unfortunately, the fort was not strong enough to keep out the French or eventually or rather inevitably the English. The temple within the fort is full of rock sculptures and it is possible to trace the influences of the ruling dynasties of South India by looking at its walls.

Top News

Jaipur Girl Creates Home for Artists

Jaipur Girl Creates Home for Artists

So, what happens when you have a dream that you want to follow, no matter the consequences? This Jaipur girl created a Home for Artists to help others like herself. [caption id="attachment_14329" align="aligncenter" width="441"] Logo. Photo Credit: Homeforartists Instagram[/caption] If you’re looking for a bit of inspira...
30 Aug, 2016 by Vera 
Kristina

Kristina's Rickshaw Challenge: "Good Karma Goes a Long Way"

The Rickshaw Challenge - Mumbai Xpress 2016 ended just a couple of days ago, so we went undercover to find out what recent participants have to say for the future generation of rickshaw racers. We managed to catch Kristina Cheffins for a quick interview... [caption id="attachment_14322" align="aligncenter" width="570"] Team ...
26 Aug, 2016 by Vera 
Mumbai Xpress 2016: Days Nine to Fourteen

Mumbai Xpress 2016: Days Nine to Fourteen

  Mumbai Xpress 2016 was a great success that all participants enjoyed hugely. Here's the story of our adventures from day nine to fourteen.  Day 9: Panaji to Murudeshwara     August 15 is Indian Independence day. To commemorate it, the Goa round table had arranged a school visit for tha...
23 Aug, 2016 by judit 
Rickshaw Challenge - Mumbai Xpress 2016: Over and Out

Rickshaw Challenge - Mumbai Xpress 2016: Over and Out

Alas, the Mumbai Xpress has ended, new friends were made, amazing places were visited and great parties held - we loved every second of it. But what happened during the last couple of days? Our Travel Scientist in the field, Princely recounted events as they occurred. [caption id="attachment_14295" align="aligncenter" width="...
23 Aug, 2016 by Vera 
 Mumbai Xpress 2016, Days Four to Six

 Mumbai Xpress 2016, Days Four to Six

  The magical adventure of Mumbai Xpress 2016 continues. Here's what happened on days four, five, and six. Photo By Kaspar Ratsep. Day Four   [caption id="attachment_14275" align="aligncenter" width="560"] All tuk tuks taken.[/caption] Though all tuk tuks were taken and raring to go by the crack of ...
15 Aug, 2016 by judit 
Mumbai Xpress 2016 Has Kicked Off!

Mumbai Xpress 2016 Has Kicked Off!

Finally, the updates are in! Our wonderful bunch of participants have kicked off the Mumbai Xpress 2016 with high spirits... Here are the happenings of the first three days, as told by our field ninja, Princely.  [caption id="attachment_14259" align="aligncenter" width="503"] Line Up.[/caption] Day 1 Mumbai Xpress is alway...
10 Aug, 2016 by Vera 
Mom Starts Chhola Kulcha Stand in Gurugram to Save Family

Mom Starts Chhola Kulcha Stand in Gurugram to Save Family

We all know that moms are awesome. And we really don’t want to make any distinction between mothers and their levels of awesomeness, but this particular lady really is kick-ass: she started her own chhola kulcha stand in Gurugram to bail her family out of financial problems. [caption id="attachment_14251" align="aligncenter...
3 Aug, 2016 by Vera 
 International Tiger Day and India’s Role in the Survival of Tigers

 International Tiger Day and India’s Role in the Survival of Tigers

July 29 marks International Tiger Day and India plays an extremely important role in saving these beautiful animals… but first, let us have a look at the facts. [caption id="attachment_14246" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Aww...! Photo Credit: Kevin Case[/caption] There have been rumblings in the media and among anima...
29 Jul, 2016 by Vera 
Air India to Expand Significantly in the Future

Air India to Expand Significantly in the Future

Things seem to be going extremely well for the Indian airline: not long ago, Air India announced that they would be expanding their number of staff… by a lot. [caption id="attachment_14239" align="aligncenter" width="499"] Connecting India with the World. Photo Credit: Shutterstock[/caption] Good news for everyone who i...
27 Jul, 2016 by Vera 
Super Green Power: India Planted Millions of Trees in 24 Hours

Super Green Power: India Planted Millions of Trees in 24 Hours

What does having a competitive spirit and making a stand against deforestation look like? Well, not so long ago the most populous state showed us: India planted millions of trees in just 24 hours. [caption id="attachment_14235" align="aligncenter" width="564"] Green is Better. Photo Credit: Sathis Babu[/caption] As a part ...
19 Jul, 2016 by Vera 
Page 1 of 9412345...102030...Last »

Facebook

Get the Facebook Likebox Slider Pro for WordPress
X

Come join us on our next rickshaw adventure! Book Your Place!

¤