It is one of the important pilgrimage center of Tamil Nadu.Though Hindus seek god in the form of idol, it is also their strong belief that god can be worship in the form of light or Flame. The Karthigai Deepam festival when the big flame is lit atop the Thiruvannamalai hills draw a huge crowd and devotees. The Sculptures in the pillars and the idol lingam are very huge and enticing that tey make one wonder at the renowned. A large number of foreign as well as domestic tourists and aspirant for spiritual solace and solitude congregate here. Thiruvannamalai has become an international center of study in spiritualism.The temple town of Tiruvannamalai, 85kms south of Vellore, 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 be the largest in India. The main gopuram is 66m and 13 storeys high, and there is a 1000-pillared hall.
Historical details about Tiruvannamalai and the Aruncahalewsara temple are available to us through stone inscriptions on the prakara walls and copper plates. These inscriptions refer to a period of about thousand years starting from 750 A.D. The earliest archaeological findings from these stone inscriptions point to the fact that the greatness of Arunachala was known to the kings from the spiritual works Thevaram and Thiruvasagam. We come to know that Tiruvannamalai was historically and spiritually famous even from those ancient times. We have clues that the temple was small during the visit of Appar, Manikavasagar, Sambandar and others. Kings who read about the great glory of Aruncahaleswara from the Thevaram and Thiruvasagam began to expand the temple and beautify it. They had great faith in and devotion for Arunachaleswara.
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Valerka (8171) 2008-02-14 4:15
A very interesting POV with nice colours and details.
smarcell (19965) 2008-02-14 4:53
Beautiful chaotic pattern of sculptures. Well framed with no extra objects. A nice composition
Balwant (588) 2008-02-14 7:01
Great photo and details of this temple and also useful description. Regards, Balwant
cessy (13647) 2008-02-14 7:29
amazing art work, very nicely captured
very good composition, details and pattern
Mateja (434) 2008-02-14 7:51
great labirint of statues and forms, going to the end of the photo, like if it would be appering without an end. Great sharpness and also nice lights with amazing details on this building, so different from the European ones.
niphredil76 (850) 2008-02-14 13:53
Great pattern and beautiful shading light. I like your choice of no oversharpening these interesting details. After all the perspective makes the photo here!
rajiv_077 (1412) 2008-02-15 4:29
This one is very good picture, The composition and perspective is so good, lights and colours is not very good ,i think better lights can play more good in this picture. The patter is superb.
crckt (7222) 2008-02-17 17:30
Wonderful architecture presented quite wonderfully. I think if your exposure was a little less, you would have got better colors and contrast. Good shot anyways!
Csilla (1782) 2008-02-17 20:32
Nice shot with super POV,and very interesting,lot of beautiful details!