Arunachalam Temple Tiruvannamalai | Timings, History & Accommodation

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Arunachalam Temple

Arunachalam Temple is in Thiruvannamalai of Tamilnadu, it is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Amongst five panchabhoota stalam, one is Arunachalam temple, Agni is the panchabhoota present here.

Karthigai deepam is a majorly celebrating here, the entire temple is decorating with lightings on that day. Follow up for Arunachalam Temple Timings, Pooja details, accommodation, Contact number.

Arunachalam Temple Tiruvannamalai

Karthigai Deepam:

Karthikai Deepam or Karthikai Vilakkidu is a festival of lights that is observed by Hindus of Tamil Nadu, Sri Lanka and Kerala. It falls in the month of Kārttikai as per Tamil calendar.

Legend of the Arunachalam Temple Tiruvannamalai :

According to the legend, once goddess Parvati in a playful mood and closed the eyes of Lord Shiva. As soon as she closes the eyes, the entire universe fells into darkness.

Goddess Parvati asks for his forgiveness and expiates. As per the orders of Lord Shiva, she goes to Kanchipuram and works on her amendment.

From there she goes to Iruvannamalai hills nearby Tiruvannamalai. Over there, she kills the demon Mahishasura and organizes a grand festival on Karthigai.

Lord Shiva get impressed with her act and appears as a cosmic flame on the hill. Shiva wants to prove his supremacy, so he appears as a huge blazing cosmic pillar.

He also challenges Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma to find out the start and end of the fire.

Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma:

The Lord Vishnu takes the boar avatar and goes on digging deep into the earth to find the origin of the flames and fails.

Lord Brahma takes the avatar of the swan and tries to reach the top. On his way, meets mogili and a cow and asks them to support him in his lies.

He then lies to Lord Shiva that he had reached the top. Shiva gets displeasing with this act of Brahma and curses him that there will be no idols for him.

Lord Shiva also curses Mogili that it is unfit to be used in prayers and seeing a cow in the early morning should be considered as bad.

Upon the request of Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma takes the forms as Arunachala hill at Arunachalam Temple to benefit mankind.

History of Arunachalam Temple Tiruvannamalai:

Sri Krishna Devaraya, the King of Vijayanagara dynasty, built a 41 meters tall and 30 meters wide temple tower during 1509 A.D – 1529 A.D.

The Eastern gateway Arunachalam Temple gopuram known as Vallala gopuram that was named after King Ballala of Hoysala. King Ballala made Thiruvannamalai as his capital city.

The temple consists of 5 prakarams that were built at different periods. The information of the first and second prakarams is not available.

The third one was built in the 12th century, the fourth and fifth were the construct in the 16th century. Hoysala and Vijayanagara culture resembles in the temples architecture, paintings, and carvings.

The kings of Nayak also contributed to the temple’s renovation contributed by the Kings of Nayak.

Arunachaleshwara Giri Valam of Tiruvannamalai Temple:

The Devotees who visited this Tiruvannamalai Temple are likely to perform in Arunachaleshwara Giri Valam which means walking around the temple hill on barefoot.

However, people believe that this Arunachaleshwara Giri Valam gives them happiness in life furtherly. Devotees will like to perform during the full moon days of every month.

Arunachalam Temple Timings:

Generally, Arunachalam Temple Tiruvannamalai timings are as follows

  • Morning Hours: 5:00 A.M- 12:00 P.M
  • Evening hours: 5:00 P.M – 9:30 P.M

Tiruvannamalai Arunachalam Temple Pooja Details:

Name of the Pooja


Ticket Cost 


5:30 A.M


Swamy Amman Milk Abhishekam

6:30 A.M and 9:00 P.M


Swamy Amman Special Abhishekam

6:30 A.M and 9:00 P.M

Parivara Moorthi Sannathi Milk Abishekam

6.30 A.M,8.30 A.M and 10.30 A.M

Kala Shanthi

8:00 A.M

Panchamoorthigal Abishekam

8.30A.M and 10.30 A.M



11:30 A.M

5:30 P.M

Irandam Kala

7:30 PM

9:00 P.M

Thirukkalyana Utsavam Special Abishekam Pooja

1008 Sangu Pooja Special Abishekam


Vinayagar, Swami, Amman Special Abishekam

Mahanyasam with Special Pooja


Anna Dhanam (for 100 persons for one day)


Sri Durgambal Utsavam, Sri Pidari Utsavam, Sri Vinayagar Utsavam, Theppal, Sri Chandikeswarar Utsavam are the special events celebrates in this Arunachalam Temple.

Contact Number of Arunachalam Temple Tiruvannamalai:

  •  +91 – 4175 – 252438

How to reach Arunachalam Temple:

  • You can go Thiruvannamalai from Chennai and Villupuram. However, Villupuram is just 61 km away from Thiruvannamalai.
  • Daily trains will be available, special trains are also available on some occasions from Chennai to Thiruvannamalai. It is well connecting to all parts of Tamilnadu.
  • You can also go by your vehicle, it is 207 km away from Chennai, it takes 3 hours and 45 mins to reach Tiruvannamalai and by minibus, it takes 4 hours 30 mins.
  • After reaching you will be asking for Arunachalam Temple Accommodation, then follow the below details.

Arunachalam Temple Accommodation:

Arunachalam Temple authorities provide rooms facilities for the devotees. The cost details are as follows

  • Unnamulai Amman Rest House -Single Room – Rs.100 per day
  • Unnamulai Amman Rest House – Double Room – Rs.250 per day
  • Appar Illam – Rs.250 per day.
  • Rest Houses Rs. 300 to Rs.400 per day.

Or else choose some hotels near the Arunachalam Temple Tiruvannamalai surroundings,

  • Siva Sannidhi – 1.8 km
  • Hotel Arunachala – 400 meters
  • Arpanaa Hotel – 2.3 km
  • Arunachala Rammanna Hotel – 1.6 km

Arunachalam Temple Photos:

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