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Annamalaiyar Temple

The shrine is situated at the base of Annamalai Hill in the town of Thiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu. The main deity is Lord Shiva and the temple is associated with the five elements, the Pancha Bhoota Stalas, and specifically the element of fire, or Agni. The Karthigai Deepam is one of the main festivals celebrated here, during the day of the full moon between November and December. An enormous fire is lit at the top of the hill, which denotes the Shiva lingam of fire joining the sky and nearly 3 million pilgrims visit the temple to witness this charm. The temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamil Nadu.
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Reader's comments(3)
1: It is written, "A beautiful construction of the 1987 AD, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple...".

There is a correction though - Only the towere shown in the picture was constructed in 1987 and NOT the temple.

This temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil literature canon of the Alvar saints from the 6th–9th centuries AD, meaning that this temple was built much before that.
Posted by: Dr Y N I Anand - 24 Aug, 2013
2: Harry potter became famous but Vikramaditya story which was in Tamil, earlier, is not known. Mermaid is known but combination of human head to cow,Elephant head to human,Monkey head to human were all sculptured in India is less known. The temples in Tamilnadu has thousands of different sculptures placed in the entire height of it.
Posted by: deva - 27 Jul, 2013
3: Picture shown here is not of Annamalaiyar temple of Thiruvannamalai instead seems to be the famous Brihadeeswarar Temple of thanjavur
ashish replied to: deva post - 26 Oct, 2013