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Temples of Tamilnadu

The temple town of Tiruvannamalai is one of the most ancient heritage sites of India and is a center of the Saiva religion. The Arunachala hill and its environs have been held in great regard by the Tamils for centuries. The temple is grand in conception and architecture and is rich in tradition, history and festivals.

The temple town of Tiruvannamalai houses this imposing temple of Shiva - Arunachaleswara - Annamalaiyaar. Temple layout: The vast Arunachaleswara temple in the vicinity of the Annamalai hill has lofty towers visible from a distance. Worship: An elaborate series of  rituals are followed even today in this temple, beginning with the processional delivery of water on an elephant.
The stalapurANa of this temple is that of the legend of lingOdhbhava.

TiruvaNNAmalai is regarded as one of the  five pancha bhUta kshetras or temples associated with the five elements of wind, water, fire, earth and space.
Festivals: Tiruvannamalai has a rich tradition of festivals. Each full moon day is a celebration in itself.

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Kartikai Deepam is known particularly for the Kartikai Deepam festival in the tamil month of Kartikai.
The annual Bhrahmotsavam in the month of Kartikai features the procession of deities on decorated mounts through the temple town. (guest article) The saint poet Manikkavacakar comosed Tiruvempaavai while at Tiruvannamalai. Kartikai Deepam: An image gallery of the 1998 Deepam festival at Tiruvannamalai.