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Thiruvannamalai - Arunachaleshwarar

Lord Shiva Devi Kamakshi Arunachaleshwarar temple, Thiruvannamalai district, Tamil NaduMeditation: I meditate on Lord Shiva manifesting as an infinite Taijasha Linga before Brahma and Vishnu.
(Skanda Purana - Arunachala Mahatmya)

Arunachaleshwarar: Arunachaleshwarar temple of Thiruvannamalai is a Pancha Bhoota Sthalam associated with the element of Agni (Fire). It is also a Paadal Petra Sthalam whose glory is sung by the Nayanmars. The legend of the sacred mountain of Arunachala (Sona Shaila) is mentioned in Skanda Purana - Arunachala Mahatmya.

Manifestation of Lord Shiva as a Taijasha Linga: According to the legend, Lord Shiva manifested before Brahma and Vishnu as an infinite Taijasha Linga (Column of Fire) whose ends could not be fathomed by them. Refer to:
- Manifestation of Lord Shiva as Taijasha Linga (Skanda Purana - Arunachala Mahatmya - 1)

Manifestation of Lord Shiva as Arunachala Mountain: On the request of the gods Lord Shiva transformed Himself in the visible form of the Arunachala Mountain for bestowing grace on the devotees. Refer to:
- Manifestation of Lord Shiva as Arunachala Mountain (Skanda Purana - Arunachala Mahatmya - 2)

Penance of Devi Parvati: According to Arunachala Mahatmya, Devi Parvati performed penance at Arunachala after completing her penance in Kanchipuram. Before starting her penance at Arunachala, She listened to the glory of this place from sage Gautama (as directed by Lord Shiva). Refer to:
- Penance of Devi Parvati at Kanchipuram (Skanda Purana - Arunachala Mahatmya - 3 to 4)
- Penance of Devi Parvati at Arunachala (Skanda Purana - Arunachala Mahatmya - 4 to 9)

Temple of Lord Arunachaleshwarar: The temple of Lord Arunachaleshwarar is located at the foothills of the Arunachala Mountain.

• Arunachaleshwarar temple is located in the Thiruvannamalai district of Tamil Nadu.


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