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Tiruvannamalai: The Place for Therapeutic & Meditation

Some of the superb issues I discover about my faith, Hinduism, is that we don’t at all times want an idol to wish. So, there are historical temples the place totally different types of Gods or Goddesses are worshiped as deities and on the similar time, there may be Mom nature the place components obligatory for our on a regular basis existence and sustenance are honored as deities.

Tiruvannamalai Tamil Nadu Sunset on Arunachaleshwara
First View of Arunachaleshwara Mountain from the state transport bus

One such pilgrimage I took final month was to the temple city of Tiruvannamalai within the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu the place the mountain Arunachala itself is the God and the entire city revolves round it. Though there’s a temple right here, and a really distinguished one at that, and but you don’t really want to go to the temple to wish. Simply pull the curtains of your window and chances are high that you may be blessed with the divine darshan of the sacred hill, proper there in entrance of your eyes.

This specific attribute is what particularly drew me nearer to the city, this profound sacredness that highlighted the fundamental religious legislation that God is in all places, in nature, if solely we opened our eyes and regarded.

What provides to this holiness of Tiruvannamalai is the sacred shrine of Lord Arunachaleswar (additionally known as Annamalaiyar Temple), one of many largest Shiva temples on the earth with a fancy protecting 10 hectares and related to the 5 components, the Pancha Bhoota Stalas, and particularly the factor of fireside, or Agni. The lingam right here is named Agni Lingam.

Life is just not simple. What number of instances have you ever felt that?

Now we have all had our existential moments or two, these moments at the hours of darkness when life and dwelling, appeared to make little sense. And it’s crucial, in these instances, for stress to take over and disturb our bodily, emotional and religious wellbeing.

After we speak about interior workings and emotional well being, Tiruvannamalai is the place to be.

The religious aura of the city is such that many sadhus and saints have discovered their abode right here, and that is the explanation why yow will discover quite a few ashrams dotting the panorama.

What makes the place what it’s the 25 acre mountain of Sri Arunachaleshwara, unfold generously bang in the midst of the city. It’s not simply any mountain although, it’s dwelling, it’s Shiva who had appeared as a flame to eliminate the darkness on the earth.

Virupaksha cave path - Tiruvannamalai Tamil Nadu
A Nandi sits atop the Arunachaleshwara Mountain

Similar to the way it’s unimaginable to stay untouched by gentle, it’s unimaginable to not be blessed by this holy mountain whenever you’re in Tiruvannamalai. Irrespective of the place you go or the place you might be, what you’ve achieved or who you might be, it’s seen to everybody, from in all places!

As an act of reverence and religion, pilgrims additionally stroll across the hill; a ritual known as Girivalam. Eight lingams are current on the trail across the hill – all of that are coated by folks. Individuals… strolling naked foot, on their knees, on an empty abdomen – so staunch is the devotion! It’s stated to be a cathartic expertise and often finished on full moon days. The follow beneficial properties much more significance in the course of the full moon of Karthigai Deepam.

Girivalam Tiruvannamalai - Tamil Nadu
A temple of Sai Baba on the Girivalam Path

Our Airbnb host Rengesh Siva R, was variety sufficient to take us for Girivalam, albeit by automotive. Because the automotive gently curved across the hill amidst inexperienced forest cowl on the edges, my thoughts raced again to Govardhan parikrama in North India, the extremely revered mountain that Lord Krishna had lifted on his little finger and I couldn’t be extra amazed on the uncanny similarities. I couldn’t be extra amazed by how various we might be in our traditions and cultures from the south to the north but how alike in our core – the threads of religion and prayer that finally unite the human spirit as one huge household.

A brief trek above the hill, takes you to a cave ashram often called Virupaksha caves, honored because the 1300s, first due to the saint, Virupaksha Deva, then extra not too long ago as a result of Sri Ramana Maharishi. Sri Ramana Maharishi spent 16 years of his formidable transcendent years, from 1899 to 1916 on this cave. This was the place the place he meditated, discovered solutions to many a life’s mysteries, shared his unconditional love and teachings to all those that got here to him for steering. His well-known e book ‘Self-Inquiry’ and ‘Who am I?’ originated from right here solely. 

Walk to Virupaksha caves - Tiruvannamalai Tamil Nadu
The trek up the Arunachaleshwara Mountain to Virupaksha Caves

All of the years passed by, however even at the moment the religious mysticism the city holds is just not misplaced on each discerning traveler. Even at the moment, Virupaksha caves (and Skandashram) continues to attract and encourage all these in search of enquiring earnestly, who come right here on the lookout for solutions to life’s difficult questions.

Ramana Maharishi Ashram - Tiruvannamalai Tamil Nadu
Can you’re feeling the calm of the Ramana Mahirishi Ashram?

There’s nothing fairly like being one with your self amidst a postcard-perfect panorama adorned with silence and solitude. It’s right here that you can find your self the proper spot to only sit and let all of it go. Every part is so silent which you could actually hear your individual breath punctuated solely by the whistling of timber. Each breath right here is then, a prayer, each second a meditation, and people who have even spent a couple of minutes on this sacred place would vouch for the truth that it does reward you with a higher stage of consciousness, transformation and interior therapeutic.

The purpose provides gorgeous panoramic views of Arunachaleshwara Temple and the temple city from above.

View from atop the Arunachaleshwara mountain  - Tiruvannamalai Tamil Nadu
A panoramic view of the Arunachaleshwara Temple from atop the holy mountain

Travelling to Tiruvannamalai not solely transforms and heals you, but in addition offers you the great alternative to pay homage to arguably the most important Shiva temple and the eighth largest on the earth – The Arunachaleshwara Temple. The temple is located on the base of the Tiruvannamalai hills and unfold in an space of 25 acre. The deity finds point out within the historical Hindu sacred textual content the ‘Tevaram’ which was written by the fabled Tamil ‘Nayanars’ (saint poets).

Arunachaleshwara Temple during sunset - Tiruvannamalai Tamil Nadu
ninth century Arunachaleshwara Temple throughout sundown

The construction because it stands at the moment dates again to the ninth century in accordance with the inscriptions discovered within the premises, and was constructed by the Chola kings. Expansions and renovations have been later carried out by the Vijayanagara rulers, after which subsequently by the Saluva Dynasty and the Tuluva Dynasty. Some inscriptions additionally point out Tiruvannamalai was dominated by the Pallavas earlier than the ninth century. The traditional Tamil saints Appar and Sambandar are additionally believed to have worshipped Annamalaiyar within the temple.

Arunachaleshwara Temple Gopuram - Tiruvannamalai Tamil Nadu
The temple has an imposing construction with a marvellous structure
with 4 gateway towers or gopurams 

The temple has a complete of 5 precincts, every of which holds an enormous Nandi, the sacred bull of Shiva. Towers embrace the Rajagopuram, Thirumanjangopuram, Vallala Maharaja Gopuram and Kili Gopuram, or Parrot Tower in all of the 4 instructions.

Rajagopuram Arunachaleshwara Temple tallest Gopuram - Tiruvannamalai Tamil Nadu
The jap tower, Rajagopuram – with 11 storeys, at a peak of 66 m – one of many largest in India

The temple has quite a few shrines, with Unnamalai Amman being essentially the most vital of them dedicate to Goddess Parvati; mandapams and halls, essentially the most outstanding being the thousand-pillared corridor constructed in the course of the Vijayanagar interval.

Arunachaleshwara Temple Nandi Bull - Tiruvannamalai Tamil Nadu
Nandi Bull guearding Lord Shiva contained in the temple

We reached the temple when the solar was nearly to set and the moon was rising in that a part of the sky, the place the Gopuram kissed the heavens. Simply on the entrance was an akhand deepam – and as I felt the heat of this hearth on our fingers… the sunshine seeped inside.

Akhand deepam at Arunachaleshwara Temple - Tiruvannamalai Tamil Nadu
The hearth proper on the entrance of the temple.

Nature… the factor hearth related to the mountain, the temple and Lord Shiva – we felt it… we felt the hearth within the sundown, within the moonrise and within the gentle of the deepam; and to be a witness to all of it… felt magical, the sight was blissful and we really felt blessed.

Actually, Tiruvannamalai was by no means on my map of locations to discover. An opportunity interplay on Fb led from one factor to a different lastly giving me the blessed alternative to discover a land as sacred as Tiruvannamalai for which I’m really grateful for.

Airbnb home in Tiruvannamalai Tamil Nadu
“Really feel The Creator by Rengesh Siva” The Airbnb home we stayed at, in Tiruvannamalai

We stayed in an Airbnb, on the bottom flooring of a single storey home, hosted by Rengesh Siva R. We reached within the night and met the proprietor’s mom, a stunning girl who regarded fairly younger for her age.

Aptly named, Really feel the Creator, the home is quiet and serene which vibed completely with the religious aura of the city itself. 

Peaceful Airbnb house at Tiruvannamalai Tamil Nadu
A temple close to the home

Positioned round a km off Shri Ramana Mahirishi Ashram on the Foremost highway, the home had all the fundamental facilities one would want for a snug keep.

Way to our Airbnb home in Tiruvannamalai Tamil Nadu
The lane resulting in our rental airbnb home in Tiruvannamalai

The bottom flooring itself was fairly massive – had a spacious front room which opened into the opposite rooms viz. the workplace work room, the kitchen and the bed room.

Tiruvannamalai Tamil Nadu Airbnb house to stay
The spacious front room – features a TV as properly.

The lounge had a settee unit going through the TV display however guess what stored me glued your complete time I used to be there?

The view from the window!

View from our Airbnb house in Tiruvannamalai Tamil Nadu Airbnb
The superb view of the Arunachaleshwara mountain from the lounge

Past the window was a discipline, and the nice Arunachaleshwara mountain. I peeped outdoors the window many instances a day – early morning after I obtained up, within the afternoon and in the course of the sundown time. I don’t know why however I felt a sure sense of calm each time I noticed the holy mountain.

The bed room was a bit extra fundamental than the lounge, although nonetheless completely comfy. The bed room got here with an connected lavatory, an AC and a double mattress.

Tiruvannamalai - AirBnb house to stay
The lounge opens into the double bed room 

The kitchen was properly outfitted with a fridge, a washer, an oven and on a regular basis utensils like tawa, pan, and many others. which might be used to prepare dinner your meals in the event you wished to.

Tiruvannamalai - Budget AirBnB Stay Kitchen
A properly outfitted kitchen to prepare dinner  you personal meals

For these like us, who didn’t have the time nor the inclination, Swiggy was only a faucet away. There are a few good South Indian eating places like Lodge Ananda Ramana and Lodge Akash Inn the place one can order meals from and we nonetheless bear in mind the meals we had from there.

Arunachaleshwara Temple where to eat - Tiruvannamalai Tamil Nadu
Ghee Roast from Sri Abirami Pure veg simply outdoors the Arunachaleshwara Temple

The workplace room had a writing board, a chair and a desk with multi plug factors which made it excellent for hubby to hold on along with his work, restfully with none distractions.

Tiruvannamalai Tamil Nadu Airbnb workation home
The workplace room

Wifi labored easily making it place for lengthy stays as properly and helped us with our web associated work actions.

All in all, we loved a pleasing and homely keep at our rental home “Really feel The Creator” in Tiruvannamalai. There was one thing so easy, so right down to earth, so genuine about Tiruvannamalai that it lured me in, the second I used to be there, even earlier than I used to be enamored by the numerous layers and tales it held inside its folds. Our Airbnb host, Rengesh generously shared tales of the city, and of himself, highlighting the actual fact that this city wasn’t so simple as it appeared – however held an immense energy to heal and rework lives inspiring many an completed and materially profitable folks from all around the world to name Tiruvannamalai dwelling in a bid to reside a easy but profound lifestyle.

He as soon as remarked I actually don’t know what you guys are doing right here most likely as a result of TVM wasn’t actually a spot for two individuals who had married solely not too long ago.

He was proper.

We really din’t know why we have been there. We hadn’t even recognized about this place earlier than we spoke to him. Maybe, this was only a stroke of luck. Or maybe, this was, like they are saying, a name from The Grasp. Or maybe, this was one thing extra. However one factor we knew for certain, to be on this sacred land and to stroll on the identical earth as among the biggest thinkers and religious reformers, it was certainly one of many nice blessings of life.

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Easy methods to attain Tiruvannamalai?

By Air: Chennai is the closest airpor at a distance of 172 km.

By Rail: There are about 60 odd trains working from Chennai to Tiruvannamalai. Tiruvannamalai can also be properly related to different main railway stations like Madurai, Tirupati, Pondicherry, Bengaluru and Vellore.

By Highway: Tiruvannamalai is properly related to Cities like Chennai, Bengaluru, Pondicherry, Vellore, Madurai, and many others. by highway and nationwide highways. Common buses of the Tamil Nadu state bus Corpo. ply between the route or may even attain right here by their very own cab/ hiring a taxi.


In case you are inquisitive about visiting Tiruvannamalai and have any particular questions, do go away a remark. Or in case you are on the lookout for an itinerary and need assistance with planning a tour, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with me at or DM me on instagram or drop me a line by way of my contact type. I will probably be completely happy to assist!


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