The temple town Tiruvannamalai is 85 km south of Vellore, it is an important Shaivite town of the 100 or more temples, the most outstanding is the Siva - Parvathi Temple of Arunachaleswar, which is said to he the largest in India. The main gopuram is 66mm and 13 storeys high, and there is an l000 pillared hall. And there is a railway station on the Vilupuram Kalpadi rail route. This town stands on an elevation of 26ft.
Situated at the foot of a hill in Tiruvannamalai is one of the most important Siva temples in the south. The Arunachaleswara temple is dedicated to Lingothbhava or Jyothy Lingam : i.e God incarnate as Fire. The tall imposing outer gopurams of the temple are a magnificent sight, conveying as they do, an impression of great dignity and majesty.
The Holy Mountain of Arunachala rises up with an elevation of 2669 feet (800m). The Road encircling the mountain where devotee’s circumbulatc is 8 1/2 miles or 14 km long. On Full Moon days and festival days (like Karthigai, first day of the Tamil month, Tamil New Year day) hundreds of thousands of devotees circumbulate (GIRIVALAM) the mountain and get the blessings of the Lord Arunachala.
Sri Ramana Maharishi Ashram
Sri Ramana Maharishi Ashram Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi is widely recognized as the most unique spiritual personality of the 20th Century.
Sri Seshadri Swamigal Ashram
Mahan Sri Seshadri Swamigal lived in the late 20th Century. Sri Seshadri Swamigal Ashram is one of the holy places in this Town.
Yogi Ram Surathkumar Ashram
Yogi Ram Surathkumar Ashram, also known as Visiri Samiyar Ashram, is one of the beautiful places in this Town It is situated near the Raman Ashram.
Thai Poosam festival
The Thai Poosam festival which occurs in the month of Thai (Jan 15 through Feb 15) is also of great significance, The Tiruvoodal festival, enacting a mock quarrel between Annamalaiyaar and Unnamulai Amman is enacted in the presence of Sundaramoorthy Nayanaar in the Tiruvoodal Street, a street that has been earmarked for this annual event.
During this quarrel, Parvati enters the temple alone by herself, leaving Shiva Outside, and Shiva (Annamalaiyaar) circumambulates the Annamalai hill (himself), and during his trip, grants liberation to the rishi Bhringi. His jewels get stolen in the West side of the town and he then recovers stolen jewellery in the eastern side of the town, and then returns to the temple the following morning.
In the month of Maasi, (Feb 15 through March 15) Shiva is crowned as the King in the absence of a royal heir to King Ballala of the Hoysala dynasty (an early 14th century ruler) whose statue adorn,s the Vallala Gopuram.