Thiruvannamalai


 

Thiruvannamalai - Tamilnadu


 Tiruvannamalai is a town in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. It is the headquarters of the Tiruvannamalai district.

The town is a pilgrimage site, known for its Arunachaleswara Temple, located at the foot of a hill.

The annual ten-day Karthigai Deepam festival is celebrated in Karthigai Tamil month (November - December). The tenth day is the major festival day, where at the top of the hill, many lamps made of a wick in ghee are lit.

Every month on the day of the full moon many devotees worship Shiva by walking around the hill barefoot, a distance of about fifteen kilometres. There are eight lingams and many mandapas, or holy tanks, around the Arunachala hill.

It is also the place where Ramana Maharishi attained samadhi. A very tranquil ashram by the name of Ramanashramam showcases the life and teachings of Bhagwan Ramana Maharishi.



 
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