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Thiruvannamalai, also known as Arunachala, is a hill in India.

It is one of the pancha bhuta sthalas dedicated to Lord Shiva.


In India Lord Shiva is also worshipped as a pillar of fire with no beginning and no end.The hill and the linga in the sanctum-sanctorum are said to show the same.

The hill Arunachala itself is worshipped as Lord Shiva, and it is said that Lord Shiva has taken the form of this mountain. It is said that a continued lineage of siddhas and rishis live around Arunachala. In the 20th century , it is known for the presence of sages like Seshadri swami, Ramana Maharishi and Yogi Ramsuratkumar.

Get in[edit]

By Bus It is about 190 km from Chennai. Regular buses are available from Chennai main, or Tambaram. Ticket is about Rs 60. First time and occasional visitors are better advised to visit Thiruvannamalai anytime during year except on Full Moon days because this pilgrim centre is heavily thronged during Full moon days and any visitor is likely to be stranded without accommodation during these days!

By train

Trains were available from Thiruvannamalai to Chennai Tambaram. Work is going on to change the former metre gauge to broad gauge. People with large amounts of luggage preferred to use the train. Work on the new line was scheduled to be completed by mid 2010.

Get around[edit]

Bus fare hiked to 110 for Chennai.

See[edit][add listing]

Annamalaiyar Temple

Do[edit][add listing]

  • It is considered auspicious to take a circular trip round the Thiruvannamalai Hill, a distance of 14 km by foot. One can also do it by cycle, two-wheeler/three wheeler. By foot it takes about 3-5 hours...there are many small temples on the way.
  • Bicycles are available for renting at nominal rate of Rs 10 per trip. It takes 60-90mins for a trip..its pleasant ride on a smooth road.
  • Two wheelers are also available on rent; auto rickshaws (three wheeler) charge up to Rs 150 for a trip.
  • Ramana Ashram's on Hill. One can visit Ramana Maharshi ashram's on the hill. they are basically caves where the saint meditated in his early days of enlightenment.
  • CineActor's visit to Ramana Ashram. Most of the cine actors of south and north are visiting the Great Ramanar's Ashramam(Ramana Ashramam).
  • Isai Gnani Ilayaraja visits Ramana Ashram. Isai Gnani, Music Maestro Ilayaraja used to visit Ramana Ashramam atleast once in a month.
  • Lotus Ayurveda, Chengam Road (Near Tasty Cafe), 606603, [1]. Very good massage and chiropractic work! And very reasonable rates. Had a ki nk in my neck and he worked his magic! Highly recommended  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Thangam Stores has been available for shopping an all steel vessels and puja materials. (Like Kamachi villagu and Kudhu Villagu).
  • Venue, 145/65, Chinna kadai Street.

Eat[edit][add listing]

A very good vegetarian restaurant - "Satvam" located at Sparsa Resorts, Athiyandal Village

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • There is a very cute Resort - Sparsa [2].

Get out[edit]

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