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Arunachaleshwara Temple

Shiva is known by devotees as Annamalayar or Arunachaleswarar. And this is believed to be the largest temple in the world dedicated to Shiva. The history of this Annamalayar temple dates back to thousand years. Mention has been made in the Thevaram and Thiruvasagam, both great works in Tamil. Bramha took the form of a swan and flew to see the crown of Siva. Unable to see the crown, Bramha saw a thazhambu flower which had decked Siva      Book Now



Sattanur Dam

Sathanur dam was constructed in the year 1964 to store water for the purpose of irrigation. A mini hydel power plant is installed to add to the generation of power to the State Of Tamilnadu. It is constructed across the. Sathanur Dam is constructed across the Thenpennai River also called as Pennaiyar River in Thandarampet taulk among Chennakesava Hills. The dam can be reached by road 30 km (19 mi) from Thiruvannamalai City. It was constructed in 1958.This magnificent Sathanur dam was built in the year 1958. It is located near the Chennakeshava hills in Chengam district. One can reach from Lord Arunachala temple by road which takes about half an hour drive by car. Sathanur dam is built across the Pennaiyar River that originates at the Chennakesava hills. A large area of agriculture lands are benefited through water stored in this dam. Roughly it irrigates around 8000 hectares of lands. The total storage capacity of this dam is 7321 million cubic feet when the water stands at the full level of 119 feet. The other added attraction of this Sathanur dam is its picturesque location. This nature’s beauty draws millions of tourists every year from all over the world. And people who visit Tiruvannamalai never fail to visit this dam. There is also a beautiful garden and a children’s park as part of this dam. A small zoo is maintained here near this dam with some wildlife varieties.      Book Now



Virupaksha Cave

Virupaksha Cave has been venerated since the 1300s, first because of the saint, Virupaksha Deva, then more recently due to Sri Ramana Maharshi. Sri Ramana lived in this cave for 16 years, from 1899 to 1916. It was while residing in this cave that early written works originated like Self-Inquiry and who am I? For this reason, many devotees of Sri Ramana feel like this is one location that must be visited. Many find meditation here to be a deep experience. There are two ways to get to Virupaksha: from Sri Ramanasramam via Skandashram, or walking up from the main Tiruvannamalai temple, Arunachaleswara Temple. This posting shows the latter, from Arunachaleswara Temple to Virupaksha Cave, and then onto Skandashram. The maps below show the route. These maps are views from the      Book Now


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