Arunachaleshwara Temple
Arunachaleshwara Temple
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  • Ajay Arora ( Food N Travel Diaries )
    Bengaluru, India2,235 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Blessed Experience
    Road trip to Thiruvanamalai to visit this temple from Bangalore and the experience is just bliss. The roads till the town are excellent but once you reach the town it gets horrible. We had booked a hotel nearby and parked our car there and took an auto to reach the temple. Visited twice, one during sunset and the other during sun rise. Opted for Rs 50 special entrance and managed to complete darshanam in 2 hours not just the main Lord Shiva shrine but the entire temple. It's a huge complex with lots of shrines and be mesmerized with its beauty and architecture. The malai ( mountain) stands majestically and as the legend states, its the Lord Shiva himself in his Agni abode showering his blessings. On Poornima days, the city gets as crowded as it can be with thousands of people thronging to perform the Girivalam which is walking bare feet doing the parikrama of the mountain praying the many lingams enroute to attain moksha. Though we opted for Rs 50 special entrance, there were a lot of 'vips' being let in who would join the queue right near the lingam which irked a lot of people. There is prasadam stalls available with rs 10 for sweet Pongal and puliyogare to eat there or buy ladoos, adhirasam or milagu vade for rs 50 which is a pack of 5 ! Lot of shops selling a lot of stuff outside like Pooja articles, vessel shops, small restaurants and so on. The temple has 4 huge gopurams but we entered through the east entrance which is the main Raja gopuram, we did not get a chance to check if there was a way in from the other gopurams as well. Overall a divine experience !
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 June 2023
  • Jeet_Bangalore
    Bengaluru, India36 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Devine, but the temple is ill-managed
    A Devine place. Just like Tirupati, you can see a sea of crowd. If you want to have a peaceful, smooth darshan; you need to visit the temple on a working day. That too, the earlier, the better. Our 1st attempt for darshan on 14th Aug was a failure as it was way too crowded. Next day, on 15th Aug, we visited as early as 6am, took just 1hr. It was blissful. The temple premises are dirty. The temple authorities are least bothered about it. Floor was too slippery and stinking. Darshan queue is not efficiently managed either.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 17 August 2023
  • NorthStar31755018158
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Arunachala temple visit
    Tiruvanamalai is considered a holy town and belief is that circumabulation of the mountain ( known as girivalam padhai) bring peace to the mind. This temple holds a special place. Filled with positive vibes. It is a must visit place
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 January 2024
  • Ramesh L
    Chennai (Madras), India107 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Girivalam
    People believe the God as a hill called Agni lingam. In full moon lakhs of people make girivalam means around the Agni lingam (hill) by walk. The God in thiruvannamalai called Arunachaleswarar and godess called Unnamulaiamman. Ninaithale multi tharum kovil thiruvannamalai. Must visit in life thiruvannamalai is also get place. You must visit in full moon and done girivalam also. The temple is open to worship for the devotees during morning hours 5:30am to 12:30pm and evening 3:30pm to 9:30pm.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 February 2024
  • zunipic
    Lagunitas, California50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great during full moon
    Came for the full moon walk It’s very very busy but it’s worth spending a few days to see all the local pilgrims and sadhus . Hard to get rooms do book in advance. Easy walk All paved …. More like a bazaar than a holy walk to me
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 February 2024
  • kalaks
    Bengaluru, India205 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Architecture marvel temple in TN
    A huge temple with excellent architecture. This is our second visit and first one post covid.. A beautiful 4 hr drive from Bangalore. 4 lane road till Krishnagiri and then 2 lane roads. Few construction works are going on. But the roads r much better than pre covid. The temple has 4 gopurams. We did 2 visits on Sat and Sun. One day we went via east entrance (Rajagopuram) and west (pe gopuram) on the next.. Since it's a weekend, it was too crowded. 1.5+ hrs waiting even for special darshan queue. Had a satisfying darshan. Try to visit on a weekday for a crowdless darshan.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 March 2024
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kalaks
Bengaluru, India205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
A huge temple with excellent architecture. This is our second visit and first one post covid.. A beautiful 4 hr drive from Bangalore. 4 lane road till Krishnagiri and then 2 lane roads. Few construction works are going on. But the roads r much better than pre covid.
The temple has 4 gopurams. We did 2 visits on Sat and Sun. One day we went via east entrance (Rajagopuram) and west (pe gopuram) on the next..
Since it's a weekend, it was too crowded. 1.5+ hrs waiting even for special darshan queue.
Had a satisfying darshan.
Try to visit on a weekday for a crowdless darshan.
Written 19 March 2024
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zunipic
Lagunitas, CA50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Came for the full moon walk
It’s very very busy but it’s worth spending a few days to see all the local pilgrims and sadhus . Hard to get rooms do book in advance. Easy walk
All paved …. More like a bazaar than a holy walk to me
Written 1 March 2024
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Ramesh L
Chennai (Madras), India107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
People believe the God as a hill called Agni lingam. In full moon lakhs of people make girivalam means around the Agni lingam (hill) by walk. The God in thiruvannamalai called Arunachaleswarar and godess called Unnamulaiamman. Ninaithale multi tharum kovil thiruvannamalai. Must visit in life thiruvannamalai is also get place. You must visit in full moon and done girivalam also. The temple is open to worship for the devotees during morning hours 5:30am to 12:30pm and evening 3:30pm to 9:30pm.
Written 29 February 2024
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NorthStar31755018158
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Tiruvanamalai is considered a holy town and belief is that circumabulation of the mountain ( known as girivalam padhai) bring peace to the mind. This temple holds a special place. Filled with positive vibes. It is a must visit place
Written 27 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

GoPlaces46696859802
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
The trek from Ashram is amazing and gets a birds view of the entire temple complex. Accompanying people are friendly and caring
Written 2 January 2024
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guduri v
Bhimavaram, India4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Felt the warmth of the place. Had a late darshan due to Karthika maasam. Had a comfortable stay and good experience.
Written 7 December 2023
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Meander60609572552
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
This place is awesome like any other Powerful ancient Hindu temples which has real vibes of lord Shiva. Only reason I gave 4 star and not 5 star is due to government Tamil Nadu not doing anything about maintenance of this temple surrounding. Ancient Kings were able to build and contribute such a magnificent temple to today's generation but Tamil Nadu government not kept the temple surroundings clean. This temple has all the potential of Tirupati for Shiva devotees, if concerned authorities take few corrections. Must visit temple and wonderful architecture.
Written 11 September 2023
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Jeet_Bangalore
Bengaluru, India36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
A Devine place. Just like Tirupati, you can see a sea of crowd. If you want to have a peaceful, smooth darshan; you need to visit the temple on a working day. That too, the earlier, the better. Our 1st attempt for darshan on 14th Aug was a failure as it was way too crowded. Next day, on 15th Aug, we visited as early as 6am, took just 1hr. It was blissful. The temple premises are dirty. The temple authorities are least bothered about it. Floor was too slippery and stinking. Darshan queue is not efficiently managed either.
Written 17 August 2023
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Relax39449036399
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
The temple authorities didn't even allow us to have darshan of lord Shiva..we only could see the temple's utsav moorthy
Written 29 July 2023
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Ajay Arora ( Food N Travel Diaries )
Bengaluru, India2,235 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Road trip to Thiruvanamalai to visit this temple from Bangalore and the experience is just bliss. The roads till the town are excellent but once you reach the town it gets horrible. We had booked a hotel nearby and parked our car there and took an auto to reach the temple. Visited twice, one during sunset and the other during sun rise. Opted for Rs 50 special entrance and managed to complete darshanam in 2 hours not just the main Lord Shiva shrine but the entire temple. It's a huge complex with lots of shrines and be mesmerized with its beauty and architecture. The malai ( mountain) stands majestically and as the legend states, its the Lord Shiva himself in his Agni abode showering his blessings. On Poornima days, the city gets as crowded as it can be with thousands of people thronging to perform the Girivalam which is walking bare feet doing the parikrama of the mountain praying the many lingams enroute to attain moksha. Though we opted for Rs 50 special entrance, there were a lot of 'vips' being let in who would join the queue right near the lingam which irked a lot of people. There is prasadam stalls available with rs 10 for sweet Pongal and puliyogare to eat there or buy ladoos, adhirasam or milagu vade for rs 50 which is a pack of 5 ! Lot of shops selling a lot of stuff outside like Pooja articles, vessel shops, small restaurants and so on. The temple has 4 huge gopurams but we entered through the east entrance which is the main Raja gopuram, we did not get a chance to check if there was a way in from the other gopurams as well. Overall a divine experience !
Written 29 June 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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