There is a unique Shiva temple located in Tiruvannamalai district of Tamilnadu. The temple is situated at the foot of Mount Annamalai called Annamaliyar or Arunachaleshwar Mahadev Temple. Lord Shiva gave the curse to Lord Brahma at Arunachaleshwar in Tiruvannamalai.
A huge number of devotees gather here at Arunachaleshwar Mahadev Temple on the occasion of every full moon especially on ‘Kartik Poornima’. Here Shiva devotees revolve 14 km long Annamalai mountain and wish the welfare for themselves from Lord Shiva. It is believed that Arunachaleshwar Mahadev is the largest temple in the world dedicated to lord Shiva.
A story of the Arunachaleshwar Mahadev Temple:
Once the lord Brahma took the form of the swan and flew to take a top look of Lord Shiva. When Brahma failure to see him, he just asked about the peak from a flower of Kewda, which had fallen down from the crown of Shiva. The Kewda flower replied that he was fallen from forty thousand years. Lord Brahma thought he would not reach to the top then he convinced the flower to give false testimony that Brahma saw the top of Lord Shiva. Shiva got angry at the deception and cursed to Lord Brahma that you will not have any temple on earth. Similarly, Lord Shiva also cursed the Kewda (flower) that you will never be used in Shiva worship. Tiruvannamalai is that place where Brahma cursed by Shiva, and Arunachaleshwar Mahadev Temple is built here.
The temple is at the foot of the mountain. In fact here Annamalai mountain is a symbol of Shiva. The height of the mountain is 2668 feet. This mountain is a symbol of fire. There are 8 Shivaling established in 8 directions- Indra, Agni, Yam, Niruthi, Varun, Vaayu, Kuber, Ishaan of Tiruvannamalai town. Devotees get benefited indifferently by visited all the 8 Shiva Lingam. On the occasion of Karthik Purnima, the festival in this temple looks spectacular and the environment becomes devotional. It also says ‘Karthik Deepam‘. On this occasion, devotees do huge ‘deepdaan’ and also travel around Annamalai Mountain which is called ‘Girivalam’. ‘Annadanam’ also runs regularly in the Arunachaleshwar Mahadev Temple.
The temple is open from 5.30 AM to 9 PM
How to Reach Arunachaleshwar Mahadev Temple in Tiruvannamalai:
Tiruvannamalai is approx 200 km away from capital city of Chennai. One can reach here by bus. To go by train, this place can be accessed via Vellore or Villupuram. Travellers can stay at Vellore or Villupuram and come back after visiting Arunachaleshwar Mahadev Temple in Tiruvannamalai.
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