Girivalam, Arunachaleswarar Temple

Girivalam, Arunachaleswarar Temple

Girivalam, Arunachaleswarar Temple
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  • Iris1926
    Ahmedabad, India99 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A walk called Girivalam
    It was a very good experience. I've already done it four times now. Girivalam actually means taking a round around the holy giri (mountain). It is said that Lord Arunachala (Shiva) actually manifested himself as the mountain. He does not reside on the mountain, but he is the mountain. The Girivalam is about 14 kms., so for an average person it takes about 4.5-5 hours to cover it. The Girivalam is supposed to be covered by foot only. And that too, with no footwear. Earlier, the roads were bad, infact there was no proper road. But now with the help of Rajnikanth's donations, proper roads and footpaths have been constructed to ease the pain of devotees. Now for those who find it difficult to walk without any footwear, you can opt for thick socks. Along the way, there are eight Shiva Lingam temples which one must visit and pay obeisance to. The timing of the walk is also paramount. If you start your walk after 8 am, you'll get caught in the heat of the sun, and the heat at Tiruvannamalai is legendary. So try walking after 5.30-6 pm and come back to your hotel by 10 pm. Or you can start by 8 pm after dinner and return to hotel to sleep. Or alternatively you can start early morning 4 pm and return by 9 am. Have breakfast and go to sleep. In this way, you can avoid the direct sunlight.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 July 2023
  • Tour59583322451
    Bengaluru, India26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Girivalam Experience of an elderly couple
    My wife and I do Girivalam almost every year avoiding crowded days. We start around 4.30 am at the temple entrance and finish at the temple in about 4 hours. Even though we have done Girivalam several times in the past, we find the experience exhilarating every time.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 August 2023
  • Ananth 727499
    Tiruppur, India1,489 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Divine experience .. come, visit and feel it..
    After a time period of about 11-12 years, By HIS grace, we were given a chance to visit this temple. Starting from the temple entrance, Apart from the Ashta lingas, we could have darshan of the following temples.. (There are too many temples and ashrams. But, I have mentioned only a few.. So, kindly bear with me) 01. Yogi Ramsurat Kumar's abode (old one). This is the place where Yogi used to stay until the completion of ashram in girivala route.. 02. Karpaga Vinayagar Temple 03. Kamatchi Amman temple 04. Aishwareswarar temple 05. Raja Rajeswari Amman temple 06. Adi mudi siddhar jeeva samathi 07. Surya, Chandra lingam 08. Ner annamalai temple 09. Adi Annamalai temple 10. Manikkavasagar temple 11. Guru bhagwan temple 12. Ammani ammal jeeva samathi 13. Perumal temple inside the cut road near the bus depot 14. Perumal temple near the entrance route to eesanaya lingam 15. Boodha Narayana perumal temple Etc..
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 February 2024
  • sitra s
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pilgrimage with mother
    An amazing trip to Thiruvannamalai in Jan 2024. Stayed at Amoha hotel, which is walking distance to the ThiruArunachaleswar temple. Went through the ticket less entrance, immersed the vibrations from Lingeswara (boy was it hot in the temple!). Girivallam was such a spiritual experience ✨️. Will do it all over again if given the chance !
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 February 2024
  • TravelExplorer_2005
    Bengaluru, India1,339 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Girivalam on a full moon day - An experience of ecstasy
    The experience of doing Girivalam on a full moon day is something beyond words to describe. The mass of human beings who gather on that day to Girivalam, the positivity in the air as people keep chanting Om Namah Shiva and the total environ of the day makes it a must try atleast once in life time. Don't miss an opportunity to do Girivalam on a full moon day even if people try to dissuade you from venturing to this place on that day. Once you join the group you will not feel the crowd and you would rather enjoy the crowd. The only thing which is difficult to do on a full moon day is darshan of Lord Arunachaleshwara in the temple. It may take anywhere between 4 to 5 hours to have his darshan on this day. There would be no special darshans on the full moon day. Also getting accommodation in the temple town would be a challenge in the last minute unless you plan well in advance.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 March 2024
  • Iris1926
    Ahmedabad, India99 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice spiritual experience
    Visiting the huge temple is one thing, and doing the Girivalam (circambulation) is another. It's a 14 km round trip around the temple and the mountain. That too, without footwear. Some wear socks if they can't walk without footwear. The time chosen to do the Girivalam is essential because during the daytime it's very hot. So evening 5 pm if you start, and it takes 4.5 to 5 hrs for an average person, you complete by 9.30 pm. You have your dinner and can go to sleep and rest your tired limbs. You can also start at 8.00 pm after having a light dinner and come back to your room by 1 am. Or you can start early morning by 4 am, complete Girivalam by 9 am, take a darshan of Lord Arunachala in the temple, have a heavy breakfast and come back to your room to fall exhausted on your bed! Don't forget to visit the eight Agniteerthams or small Shiva temples on the way during your Girivalam. Also, please take time to visit the Ramana Maharshi Ashram nearby.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 March 2024
  • Global65147978342
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The beauty of silently energising Girivalam
    On 28th April 2024 at 2.30a.m early morning myself and Reju (Husband) started our Girivalam from infront of Rajagopuram(East) of the Temple. We stayed at Hotel Athena, about 1Km from here. Our car could be parked on the northside of the temple. We started barefoot but carried socks and half a litre of water in backpack. The route is well lit and has walkers throughout the night.We walked mostly through the middle of the tarred road surface to avoid fine but rough dust. We are used to walking with slipper even inside our house!! Also, hardly does any morning walk too. So it was a surprise that we completed the walk in 5hrs 10min. However at 8Km distance we decided to put on our socks. We took rest on the various benches along the route and visited the clean public toilets too. The 8 nos. of Sivalingams enroute is a must visit and is well demarcated with boards.The state PWD has put up huge boards giving an idea of your relative coordinates at a number of places enroute(Pls see pic). The energy that gripped us to complete the 14Km walk is amazing. We have not walked even 2Km anytime in the last 2-3 yrs!!! The visit to Arunachaleswarar Temple the day before at 5.30p.m was also awesome. I was lucky to see the aarathi in close quarters. We visited the serene Ramanamaharshi ashram and Yogi Ram SuratKumar ashram after the temple visit.This ashram has lullaby song at 8p.m to the revered yogi.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 April 2024
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segarin
Pondicherry, India47 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Pleasant visit, amazing view of Arunachaleswarar Temple, we have visited, all the Temples around Girivalam route. From the Ashta lingas, we could have darshan of the following temples.. Divine experience,
Written 29 May 2024
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Global65147978342
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Mar 2024 • Couples
On 28th April 2024 at 2.30a.m early morning myself and Reju (Husband) started our Girivalam from infront of Rajagopuram(East) of the Temple. We stayed at Hotel Athena, about 1Km from here. Our car could be parked on the northside of the temple. We started barefoot but carried socks and half a litre of water in backpack. The route is well lit and has walkers throughout the night.We walked mostly through the middle of the tarred road surface to avoid fine but rough dust. We are used to walking with slipper even inside our house!! Also, hardly does any morning walk too. So it was a surprise that we completed the walk in 5hrs 10min. However at 8Km distance we decided to put on our socks. We took rest on the various benches along the route and visited the clean public toilets too.

The 8 nos. of Sivalingams enroute is a must visit and is well demarcated with boards.The state PWD has put up huge boards giving an idea of your relative coordinates at a number of places enroute(Pls see pic). The energy that gripped us to complete the 14Km walk is amazing. We have not walked even 2Km anytime in the last 2-3 yrs!!!

The visit to Arunachaleswarar Temple the day before at 5.30p.m was also awesome. I was lucky to see the aarathi in close quarters. We visited the serene Ramanamaharshi ashram and Yogi Ram SuratKumar ashram after the temple visit.This ashram has lullaby song at 8p.m to the revered yogi.
Written 10 April 2024
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Iris1926
Ahmedabad, India99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Visiting the huge temple is one thing, and doing the Girivalam (circambulation) is another. It's a 14 km round trip around the temple and the mountain. That too, without footwear. Some wear socks if they can't walk without footwear. The time chosen to do the Girivalam is essential because during the daytime it's very hot. So evening 5 pm if you start, and it takes 4.5 to 5 hrs for an average person, you complete by 9.30 pm. You have your dinner and can go to sleep and rest your tired limbs. You can also start at 8.00 pm after having a light dinner and come back to your room by 1 am. Or you can start early morning by 4 am, complete Girivalam by 9 am, take a darshan of Lord Arunachala in the temple, have a heavy breakfast and come back to your room to fall exhausted on your bed! Don't forget to visit the eight Agniteerthams or small Shiva temples on the way during your Girivalam. Also, please take time to visit the Ramana Maharshi Ashram nearby.
Written 11 March 2024
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TravelExplorer_2005
Bengaluru, India1,339 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
The experience of doing Girivalam on a full moon day is something beyond words to describe. The mass of human beings who gather on that day to Girivalam, the positivity in the air as people keep chanting Om Namah Shiva and the total environ of the day makes it a must try atleast once in life time. Don't miss an opportunity to do Girivalam on a full moon day even if people try to dissuade you from venturing to this place on that day. Once you join the group you will not feel the crowd and you would rather enjoy the crowd.

The only thing which is difficult to do on a full moon day is darshan of Lord Arunachaleshwara in the temple. It may take anywhere between 4 to 5 hours to have his darshan on this day. There would be no special darshans on the full moon day. Also getting accommodation in the temple town would be a challenge in the last minute unless you plan well in advance.
Written 4 March 2024
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sitra s
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
An amazing trip to Thiruvannamalai in Jan 2024. Stayed at Amoha hotel, which is walking distance to the ThiruArunachaleswar temple. Went through the ticket less entrance, immersed the vibrations from Lingeswara (boy was it hot in the temple!). Girivallam was such a spiritual experience ✨️. Will do it all over again if given the chance !
Written 15 February 2024
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Ananth 727499
Tiruppur, India1,489 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
After a time period of about 11-12 years, By HIS grace, we were given a chance to visit this temple.

Starting from the temple entrance, Apart from the Ashta lingas, we could have darshan of the following temples..

(There are too many temples and ashrams. But, I have mentioned only a few..
So, kindly bear with me)

01. Yogi Ramsurat Kumar's abode (old one).
This is the place where Yogi used to stay until the completion of ashram in girivala route..

02. Karpaga Vinayagar Temple
03. Kamatchi Amman temple
04. Aishwareswarar temple
05. Raja Rajeswari Amman temple
06. Adi mudi siddhar jeeva samathi
07. Surya, Chandra lingam
08. Ner annamalai temple
09. Adi Annamalai temple
10. Manikkavasagar temple
11. Guru bhagwan temple
12. Ammani ammal jeeva samathi
13. Perumal temple inside the cut road near the bus depot
14. Perumal temple near the entrance route to eesanaya lingam
15. Boodha Narayana perumal temple

Etc..

Written 13 February 2024
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rajankrishnaraj
Coimbatore, India8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Public should also cooperate to keep the pathai neat and clean. We find people eating the prasadams throwing it on the road. Dustbins should be kept throughout the pathai
Written 5 January 2024
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Palanisamy Vishwanathan
Maldives27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Holistic Place of Lord Shiva, it's beautiful experience of 14 km Grivalam .
Every full moon day is very busy.
Written 1 October 2023
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Tour59583322451
Bengaluru, India26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
My wife and I do Girivalam almost every year avoiding crowded days. We start around 4.30 am at the temple entrance and finish at the temple in about 4 hours. Even though we have done Girivalam several times in the past, we find the experience exhilarating every time.
Written 30 August 2023
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Iris1926
Ahmedabad, India99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
It was a very good experience. I've already done it four times now. Girivalam actually means taking a round around the holy giri (mountain). It is said that Lord Arunachala (Shiva) actually manifested himself as the mountain. He does not reside on the mountain, but he is the mountain.
The Girivalam is about 14 kms., so for an average person it takes about 4.5-5 hours to cover it. The Girivalam is supposed to be covered by foot only. And that too, with no footwear. Earlier, the roads were bad, infact there was no proper road. But now with the help of Rajnikanth's donations, proper roads and footpaths have been constructed to ease the pain of devotees.
Now for those who find it difficult to walk without any footwear, you can opt for thick socks.
Along the way, there are eight Shiva Lingam temples which one must visit and pay obeisance to.
The timing of the walk is also paramount. If you start your walk after 8 am, you'll get caught in the heat of the sun, and the heat at Tiruvannamalai is legendary. So try walking after 5.30-6 pm and come back to your hotel by 10 pm. Or you can start by 8 pm after dinner and return to hotel to sleep. Or alternatively you can start early morning 4 pm and return by 9 am. Have breakfast and go to sleep. In this way, you can avoid the direct sunlight.
Written 9 July 2023
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