Girivalam, Arunachaleswarar Temple, Tiruvannamalai

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Religious Site Tourist Spot
Take part in the grueling ritual of Girivalam, Arunachaleswarar Temple. Held every full moon, the ceremony involves worshippers' circumambulating the holy mountain--a barefoot journey of at least 14 km (8.7 mi)--visiting the eight lingams along the way. Each of the lingams represents certain benefits, such as long life, wealth, and peace of mind. If the idea of this long, difficult journey at the height of day proves too intimidating, you can traverse the trail after dark, with sodium lamps lighting the way. Drinking water is available along the route. Plan to visit Girivalam, Arunachaleswarar Temple during your Tiruvannamalai vacation using our convenient Tiruvannamalai trip itinerary planner.
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  • Great experience!!! We took our customers first time for walk and they love it. Very recommended, everyone can do it, its 14 km but easy to walk, very nice ambient!!  more »
  • A well maintained serene temple with an unknown power of attraction. You feel like going again and again. We visited on a normal day and hence it was not crowded. Ideally it is best to spend a whole e...  more »
  • I could not walk the distance from my hotel back to hotel , a distance of 16 kms..hence went by Auto..paid Rs 400..The outer Girivalam route passes thru Highway & Market & it is very crowded. Saw all ...  more »
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  • India's most historic temple. Entered in with stresses, existed with determination. Mainly who follow lord Shiva this is place for us. The architecture of temple explores Hindus richness. A must visit temple :)
  • Great Indian Architecture... A temple glorifying the Hindu Richness... contradicting it is the main Gods sanctuary. It takes us to a state of inner peace :) a must visit temple!!
  • Good place to visit especially for lord Shiva followers. Ancient temple with eyebrow raising structures​. It is said that if one recites Arunachal Shiva's​ name before death, he will be given Mukthi. Temple has multiple entrances, getting through main entrance is good option.
  • superb must visit types om namah shivaya!! road to the place is not so great. I feel it needs lot of improvement
  • Very nice place. Wonderful stone sculptures. Perfectly maintained place for devotional values.

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