Arunachaleswarar Girivalam Frequently Asked Questions:
How much time will it take to complete Girivalam?
The Girivalam is around 14 km and it takes roughly 4 hours at an average pace. Better you start around 4.30 AM and complete by 8.30 AM, including the darshan of Lord Shiva.
Can Girivalam be done by car?
Of course, you can. The idea is to go round the mountain. God will know the reason for your going in the car.
How many lingams are there in Girivalam?
There are eight lingams in the Girivalam they are Indra Lingam, Agni Lingam, Yama Lingam, Niruthi Lingam, Varuna Lingam, Vayu Lingam, Kubera Lingam and Esanya Lingam. The Adi Annamalai Temple glorified in Dhevaram is located on this path.
Can Girivalam be done on any day?
Yes, Girivalam can be done by day or night.
Can we wear socks during Girivalam?
Normally, Girivalam is done barefoot. But if it is difficult, you can wear socks. Even if that is difficult, then you can wear slippers. You should remove them when you enter any temple on the way.
What are the benefits of Girivalam?
It is believed that performing Girivalam will relieve one’s from the birth cycle.
Is Mobile allowed in Arunachalam Temple?
Cameras and Mobile phones are allowed inside the temple.
What is the meaning of Girivalam?
The word Girivalam has been derived from the Tamil words Giri meaning hill and Valam meaning circumambulation.
How old is Tiruvannamalai Temple?
The Annamaliayar Temple was built before 1100 years and the architecture of the temple has its contributions from various kingdoms from Cholas, Pandias, Sambuvarayars Posalas, Vijayanagar kings, Nayaks, Nagarathargal, Cheftains and Zamindars.