On December 3, the spiritual haven witnessed a sea of devotees who patiently awaited their turn to offer prayers at the ancient temple. The overwhelming response resulted in extended queues that stretched across the vicinity of the sacred site.
However, the surge in devotees also brought about logistical challenges, notably in the form of limited parking facilities near the temple premises. The inadequacy of parking spaces led to a notable increase in vehicular congestion, particularly on Thiru Mada Veedhi street and several other areas within Tiruvannamalai City.
The Arunachaleswarar temple, known for its historical and spiritual significance, has consistently drawn devotees from various parts of the region. The recent congregation of worshippers not only underscores the enduring popularity of the sacred site but also highlights the need for improved infrastructure to accommodate the growing number of pilgrims.
Despite the cold raindrops, devotees from across southern part of Bharat flocked to the temple to have Darshan of Swami in the Arunachaleswarar temple.
Earlier, in November, the ‘Karthigai Deepam Festival’, one of Tamil Nadu’s most important festivals attracted devotees from across the country.
The Arulmigu Arunachaleswarar Temple at Thiruvannamalai hosts a 10-day festival called Maha Deepam where Lord Shiva is worshipped under the name Arunachaleswarar.
Lord Shiva is believed to be present at Thiruvannamalai in the form of a mountain, signifying the element of fire in the cosmos.
A procession was also carried out at Arulmigu Arunachaleswarar Temple here ahead of ‘Tiruvannamalai Karthigai Deepam’. On each of these 10 days of the Maha Deepam festival, the deity is carried on different processions.