If you think that only we humans have
One such example is what the history of Thiruvannamalai Temple in Tamilnadu, tell us.
Two of the Trimoorthi, Creator & Protector, locked their horns on who is superior to the other. Unable to settle it within themselves, they decided to visit the third one, Destroyer, and seek his help to be a judge and declare the winner.
Saying this, Shiva turned into a long column of Fire touching the endless Heaven and deep down Earth. Both Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu were surprised and confused about how to win this.
Lord Vishnu took the Varaha avatar [Wild Boar] and started to drill the earth in search of Shiva’s feet. But he returned to Shiva saying he failed and could not find his feet. Thereby, he accepted his defeat.
But on the other hand, our Brahma took the form of Swan and started towards heaven in the confidence of seeing Shiva’s crown. After a while, he realized that this is another game by Shiva and he cannot make it happen. While thinking so, he saw a flower falling down from heaven.
He realized that this Thalambu flower was falling from the head of Shiva, and so asked the flower on how far it was to reach the crown. Flower said that it was falling for thousands of years and so it is too far to reach.
Instead of accepting the defeat, Bhramha tried to take the Flower to his side and requested it to lie and be a false witness of he seeing the crown.
The moment Shiva heard the false witness from the flower, he became angry and cursed Lord Brahma that there would be no temple for him on earth. Not just that, he also cursed the flower for being a false witness saying from then onwards that flower will never be used for his pooja.
And the place where Shiva was standing as the column of fire is none other than the present Thiruvannamalai.
It is said that the current hill use to be the Agni in Krithayug, and then Emerald in Threthayug, then turned to gold in Dwaprayug and current rock in
And finally, on the request of Brahma and Vishnu, Siva turned in to a Sivalingam at the foot of this hill and this is where today’s Annamalaiyar Temple is situated.
As you may know, each temple has its own custom. And one of the most famous custom followed around this temple is to do the Girivalam.
Sorry, I hate people when they try to translate this Girivalam to a mere trek around the mountain or by any other name. No, it is not.
It is called Girivalam, and just that. Giri – means Hill and Valam means going around. It basically means we are going around the sacred hill, which is considered to be the Lord Himself here.
Back in the late 90s the route for Girivalam was not crowded and we had only real devotees on the path. People do Girivalam and keep thinking & chanting about Shiva. There were no proper roads, not much of lights on the street etc.
Girivalam is considered to be auspicious when done on the Full moon day.
The distance to be covered is around 14 KMs and one will pass through eight Lingas – Indra Lingam, Agni Lingam, Yama Lingam, Niruthi Lingam, Varuna Lingam, Vayu Lingam, Kubera Lingam
How to reach
If you are looking for public transport to reach Thiruvannamalai, the best option is to use the bus. Yes, Thiruvannamalai has a connection from most major cities in Tamilnadu.
We actually drove from Bangalore in below route.
Route : Bangalore – Hosur – Krishnagiri – Kannanda halli – Uthangarai – Chengam – Tiruvannamalai.
If you are driving, like we did, then that is even more interesting. The drive was more fun once we are on the NH77. We passed through beautiful Sunflower gardens.
I would advice you to make atleast one day stay in Thiruvannamalai if you really want to feel the temple.
Ideally, plan to reach there
By doing so, you can have a peaceful dharsan in the temple after 7 or 8pm and walk around the temple. I am sure you will see a different experience while doing such casual and leasure walks.
Why stop with just one visit of the Annamalai? If you choose to stay near temple, you can again visit the temple for the early morning dharsan.
Even though I had many visits to this temple, there are few that is very memorable. One of them is the visit I did along with my kids.
The Arunachaleswarar temple has a unique structure with a
The most significant factor in this temple is that Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of fire. Every year it will be a big festival here during the month of Karthikai. A big flame is lit on the top of the hill and is
Ramana Maharishi Ashrama
The post about Thiruvannamalai will be incomplete without the mention of the great soul Ramana Maharishi from here.
A young boy in search of “I” found himself here in this hill, took sannyasa and remained here till the end of his life. A death-experience made him aware of the force or the “
The moment you enter here in the Ashram, I can bet that you will get peace of mind. How cannot, with all those shades under the trees, and with so many peacocks around, it is bound to give peace.
After enjoying those sights of peacocks and turn, I see my 3 years daughter was drawing this on the mud.
People were looking me like crazy trying to take a picture of the mud, but how do they know that this is my Piccaso painting!
Hope you enjoyed today’s train journey in Thiruvannamalai, after visiting Sikkim by Anupriya. With the Annamalai’s blessing, you can happily go to the next destination of our #XploreBharat Blog Train, in Ujjain by Vidhya.
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