|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.
An elaborate series of rituals are followed even today in this temple, beginning
with the processional delivery of water on an elephant.
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.
Tiruvannamalai has a rich tradition of festivals. Each full moon day is a celebration in
Deepam is known particularly for the Kartikai Deepam festival in the tamil
month of Kartikai.
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