The history of Tiruvannamalai revolves around the Annamalaiyar or Arunachalam Temple. The earliest reference to the temple is in the poetic epic work Tevaram. It is one of the largest temples in South India built between the 16th and 17th centuries by the Vijayanagara kings. The main deity here is Siva and it is the holiest of all Siva temples. The 1000 pillared hall and the66 metres tall gopuram have some excellent carvings.
On the foothills of the Arunachalam lies the Samadhi of Sri Ramana Maharshi at his Ashram, one of South India’s most sought after spiritual centres. As a boy of sixteen in 1896, he challenged death by a penetrating enquiry into the source of his being. Later hailed as Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi he revealed the direct path of Self-enquiry and awakened mankind to the immense spiritual power of the holy Arunachala Hill, the spiritual heart of the world.
106 Kms to the West (1h 40min drive)
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