Posted by: ramrajya | September 13, 2012

Worship of Thiruvannamalai and Thiru Kalahasti Temples.

Worship of Thiruvannamalai and Thiru Kalahasti Temples.

Thiruvannamalai திருவண்ணாமலை is one of the Pancha Bootha Sthalangal representing the fire element along with Chidambaram, Sri Kalahasti, Thiruvanaikoil and Kanchipuram representing space, wind, water and earth respectively.

Four Brahmotsavams are celebrated every year, the most famous of which is the one celebrated during the Tamil month of Karthikai (November/December). The ten day event culminates on the day of Karthigai Deepam. On that evening, a huge lamp is lit in a cauldron with three tons of ghee at the top of the Annamalai hill.

Every full moon night, tens of thousands of pilgrims worship Shiva by circumambulating the Annamalai hill barefoot. The circumambulation covers a distance of about 14 km. On the yearly Chitra Powrnami (full moon) night in the Tamil calendar year, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from across the world visit the sacred town.

Sri. Ramana Maharshigal lived in Thiruvannamalai for fifty three years until his death in 1950.His Ashram, Sri.Ramanashram, is located at the foot of the Annamalai hill, to the west of the town.

Srikalahasti Temple: ஸ்ரீகாளஹஸ்தி is located in the town of Srikalahasti, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is one of the most famous Shiva temples in South India, and is said to be the site where Kannappa, one of the 63 Saivite Nayanars, was ready to offer both his eyes to cover blood flowing from the Siva lingam before the Lord Siva stopped him and granted him mukti.

Sri Kalahasti temple, situated 36 km away from Tirupati is famous for its Vayu lingam, one of the Panchabhoota Sthalams, representing wind. The inner temple was constructed around 5th century and the outer temple was constructed in the 12th century by the Chola king, Rajendra Chola. Vayu is incarnated as Lord Shiva and worshiped as Kalahasteeswara.


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