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Pilgrimages of Tamil Nadu - Thiruvannamalai district

  1. Thiruvannamalai Arunachaleswara (Famous pilgrimage of Shiva and a Pancha Bhoota Sthalam)


Thiruvannamalai:

Shiva Arunachala mountain & Arunachaleswara temple - Famous pilgrimage of Shiva: Thiruvannamalai is associated with the legend of Lord Shiva as Arunachaleswara. According to this legend, Lord Shiva manifested here in the form of a Taijasha Linga (an infinite column of Fire) before Brahma and Vishnu. On the request of the devas to manifest in a visible form so they can worship Him, Lord Shiva manifested as Sona-Shaila, the great Arunachala mountain. Refer to the story of Arunachala from Arunachala Mahatmya of Skanda Purana.

- Pancha Bhoota Sthalam: Thiruvannamalai is one of the Pancha Bhoota Sthalams, the Arunachaleswara mountain representing the Agni Lingam (Fire).
(Pancha Bhoota Sthalams are: Kanchipuram Ekambareswara [Prithivi Lingam], Thiruvanaikaval Jambukeswara [Jala Lingam], Thiruvannamalai Arunachaleswara [Agni Lingam], Srikalahasti Srikalahasteeswara [Vayu Lingam], Chidambaram Nataraja [Akasha Lingam])

- Thiruvannamalai is located in the Thiruvannamalai district of Tamil Nadu.

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