Brief history of Arunachalam temple

Temples and religious places have been the major reason for many visitors to come to India. One of the most elegant temples of India is Arunachalam temple which comes in the state of Tamil Nadu. Lord Shiva in the form of Agni,resides at this place as per the mythological stories and legends. Today, we will know the history of this temple and the mythological stories behind it.

Mythological facts of the temple

There are two famous  stories of Tiruvannamalai which we will  discuss here. As per the historical facts, Goddess Parvati unknowingly closed the eyes of Lord Shiva. This act of Goddess Parvati brought darkness in the whole universe. Seeing this, she realized her mistake and decided to punish herself. Lord Shiva then appeared in the form of Agni “Fire” on the top of the hill. This column later turned into Agni lingam and came to be known as Tiruvannamalai.

There is also another interesting story related to Arunachalam temple in the mythology.  Once, a strong debate took place between Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma to decide who is the greatest among the two. They requested Lord Shiva to become the judge of this debate. Lord Shiva set the conditions that the one that would be able to reach his crown and feet first will be announced as the winner. He then took the form of Agni Lingam or Fire. Lord Vishnu took the form of Varaha, the boar and dug the earth to touch Lord Shiva’s feet first. On the other side, Lord Brahma took the form of a swan and flew in the sky to touch the crown of Lord Shiva While flying towards the sky, Lord Brahma saw a flower named Thazhampu falling from the crown of Lord Shiva. He asked the flower how much more he should fly to touch the crown. The flower answered that it had been falling from thousands of years and is unable to touch the ground. Hearing this, Lord Brahma changes the flowers and shows it to Lord Shiva. He then says that he got this flower form the crown of Lord Shiva. But his lie is quickly caught by Lord Shiva who then cursed Lord Brahma and the flower both. Since then, there are no temples of Lord Brahma and Thazhampu flower is not used in worshipping the Gods. These mythological stories are found written on the walls and paintings of Arunachalam temple.

Some of the greatest saint poets of India have visited Thiruvannamalai such as Thirugnana Sambandar, Thirunavukkarasar Sundarar, and others. One of the famous saints of India, Saint Manickavasagar stayed at Thiruvannamalai for many years and composed “Thiruvempavai-20”. A temple is constructed on the Girivalam path in the memory of this saint.

Arunachalam temple has many beautiful paintings and inscriptions of the olden period. It has many facts and stories behind its construction. Faith and devotion of thousands of devotees have made this temple famous not only in India but in many parts of the world.

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