Thiruvannamalai Arunachaleswarar Temple story - Hoovu Fresh
Arunachaleswarar temple which is also known as Annamalaiyar temple situated in the base of Arunachala hill in the town of Thiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu. And it is believed to be the largest temple in the world of Lord Shiva.
This temple is dedicated to the deity Shiva and it represents as one of the temples associated with the five elements ‘The Pancha Bhoota stales’. Here Lord Shiva is worshipped as Arunachaleswarar or Annamalaiyar with his idol referred to as Agni Lingam.
Story of Arunachaleswarar temple:
According to legends, It’s believed that it’s not possible to see the crown of Lord Shiva. So one day Brahma took the form of a swan and flew to see the crown. But instead of the crown he saw a Thazhambu flower which had decked Shiva’s crown falling down. Then Brahma asked Thazhambu flower as the distance of Lord Shiva’s crown, to which the flower replied that the crown had been falling for forty thousand years. Brahma then realized that it’s not possible to reach to see the crown. Then he requested the flower to give as a false witness.
The Thazhambu flower gave a false witness that Brahma was able to see the crown. Because of the false statement Lord Shiva got angry and crushed that Brahma should not have any temple on earth and the Thazhambu flower should not be used while worshipping Lord Shiva. And the place where Lord Shiva stood as a column of fire to eliminate the ego is Thiruvannamalai.