Surrounded by scenic beauty, Arunachalam Temple is the must-watch place of India. It has great importance in Tamil culture. Built around the 9th century by Chola Kings, this temple has many unknown facts which are yet to be discovered by historians. The beautiful inscriptions, paintings, and carvings inside the temple make the visitors completely spellbound. Today, we will discuss some of the interesting facts of this temple which you are unaware of till now.
Unknown Facts of Arunachalam Temple
- Apart from Chola Kings, the construction of Arunachalam temple was also done by kings of other kingdoms. It is regarded as one of the Pancha Bootha Sthalas symbolizing Fire (Agni).
- Gods and Goddesses are carried in the procession on a chariot during the festival of 10 days. There are various jewels and ornaments of pure gold and silver on the idols of Gods and Goddesses.
- This temple is known for Mahadeepam which is very high. More than 300 kg ghee is put on the cauldron to light the lamps. On the top of Mahadeepam, there is a giant wick made from cotton cloth. People from native villages can view Mahadeepam and after this event, the villagers light the lamps in their houses.
- It is the ritual in the villages near this temple not to light earthen lamps before the lighting of Mahadeepam. One must take the bath before lighting the earthen lamps. Women cannot light the lamps for the first three days of the period.
Arunachalam temple timings
Morning 5 am Temple Opens
5:15 am Time for Gomatha Pooja
5:30 am Pooja of Palli Ezhuchi takes place
6 am Time for Ushakala Pooja
8:30 am Kalasanthi Pooja time
11:00 am Time of Uchi Kala Pooja
12:30 am Temple closing time
3:30 pm Temple opens again
5:30 pm Sayaratchai Pooja takes place
7:30 pm 2nd Kala Pooja takes place
9 pm Arthajama Pooja takes place
9:15 pm Time for Palliarai Pooja
9:30 pm Temple Closes
These timings may change on special days and festivals.
How to reach the temple by road, flight, and railway?
The distance between Chennai and Arunachalam temple is 207 km. If you have your own car, it takes approximately 3 hours and 50 minutes by road from Chennai to the temple. If you are traveling by bus, it takes 4 hours and 30 minutes to reach this temple.
You can book any local flight from Chennai airport to Thiruvannamalai which is located at a distance of 165 km.
You can take a train from Chennai to Thiruvannamalai. The temple is located at 10 km from Thiruvannamalai railway station. You will get trains every few minutes to reach Thiruvannamalai.
Arunachalam temple has many other places to see such as Girivalam and surrounding areas. There are interesting mythological stories and legends hidden in the paintings of this temple. You can explore more about this temple by visiting there once.