Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Three of Astalingam Thiruvannamalai

                                                                      Suriya Lingam


                                                                          yema Lingam

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Photo GIRIVALAM DAY 5.5.2012


Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Tiruvannamalai District

           Tiruvanamalai famous temple town is the district head quarters of Tiruvannamalai District. The Tiruvannamalai District lies between 11° 55' and 13° 15' North latitude and 78° 20' to 79° 50' East longitude. The district is bounded on the north and west by Vellore District, on the southwest by Dharmapuri District, on the south by Villupuram District and on the east by Kanchipuram District.

    Tiruvannamalai  is one of the Pacha Bhoota stalas  of Lord Shiva  associated with the element fire.  The other  four stalas are Tiruvanaikkaval (Water), Chidambaram (Space), Kanchipuram (earth) and sri kalahasti (wind). Here  God Shiva has manifested himself in the form  of the Hill. In most of the places the Deity is found atop of hill, but in Tiruvannamalai  the holy hill itself is the Deity and worshipped. The other name of  Tiruvannamalai are Arunagiri, Sonagiri, Arunachalam, Mukthipuri etc.

How to reach

Tiruvannamalai is well connected by road. It is situated in junction of Chittor-Cuddalore State Highway and also Puduchery - Bangalooru National Highway.
The nearest airport is at Chennai 195 KM away.
From Chennai and frequent bus services are available, one through Chengleput, Madurantakam, Tindivanam and Gingee, and the other through Sri Perumbudur, Kancheepuram, Vellore and Polur.
The town is about 90 kms from Vellore, 60 kms from Tindivanam, 60 kms from Villupuram and 100 kms from Krishnagiri.
It is well connected by train and road from Chennai, and also from other parts of the state.
Tiruvannamalai railway station is situated on the Villupuram - Katpadi Section of the Southern Railway.

   Once Brahama and vishnu  argued  about  which one them was agreater, and went to Lord Shiva to settle  their dispute.  Lord shiva  appeared before them as pillar of fire, and asked them  who was able to find either is beginning or end was greater.  vishnu went downwards into the earth and Brahma flew upwares in to space, but no matter how far they travelled they could not find the base  or crest of  the lingam  of fire. Both lost their arrogance and bowed before Lord Shiva. the pillar of  fire became the hill of Arunachala  a natural Lingam.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

places around girivalam path


places around girivalam path


   In  Tamil language "Giri" means mountain and "valam" means circumambulation. On full Moon Days and festival days like Karthigai Deepam, Tamil New year day hundred of thousands of devottees walk around the mountain and worship Arunachala Temple of  Tiruvannamalai and get the blessings of the Lord Arunachala and this is called Girivalam. 


    Here  shiva has maifiested himself in the form of the Hill, it is considered auspicious to go around the hill by walk.
    The length of  girivalam road encircling the mountain is 14 Kms (81/2 Miles).     During the Girivalam circling people worship Eight Siva Lingams (Astalingams) located around the Arunachala Mountain.

   The best time for Girivalam is early morning 4.00 AM to 6.00AM (Bramha Muguratham)
   The book Arunachala Mahatmayam says  (Books about Tiruvannamalai and Girivalam) 
   "When one take one step for Girivalam, Indira becomeshis servent".
   "When he takes two  steps, kubera becomes hi servent, Vishnu becomes his servent"  


   During the Girivalam circling, people worship Eight Siva Lingams located around the Arunachala Moutain.  Each lingam represent one direction. The eight lingams are by name

1.Indra Lingam  (Guardian God of the East)
It is first of astalingam.  Located Near Main Temple, in the car street.

 2. Agni Lingam   (Guardian God of the South East)

 3.Yama Lingam ( Guardian God  Lord of the South)

 4. Niruthi Lingam  (Guardian God of the South West)

 5. Varuna Lingam, (Guardian God of the West)

 6. Vayu Lingam,     (Guardian God of the North West)

 7.Kubera Lingam (Guardian God of the North)

  8. Esanya Lingam. (Guardian God of North East)