Thiruvannamalai Annamalaiyar Girivalam

Girivalam means circumambulation of Annamalaiyar (Arunachalam) Hill. In tamil, "Giri" means mountain and "Valam" means circumambulation. The Holy Mountain of Annamalaiyar (Arunachalam) rises up with an elevation of 2669 feet (800 m). The Road encircling the mountain where devotees circumbulate is 8 1/2 miles which is 14 kms long.On Full Moon(Pournami) days and festival days (like Karthigai, first day of the Tamil month, Tamil New Year day) hundreds and thousands of devotees circumbulate (GIRIVALAM) the mountain bare foot and get tje blessings of Lord Arunachalam. It is a proven fact that Tiruvannamalai girivalam pulls more than 100000 devotes. It should be Borne in Mind that the Devars and siddhars also follow us invisibly. Girivalam path has many sodium lights in both the side , road side shops and police. So that People will walk round the clock without any fear. While doing girivalam We will smell the herbal plants (In tamil it is called as mooligai) which is good to health.
Annamalaiyar Girivalam
There are eight lingams located at the eight directions and provides an octagonal structure to Tiruvannamalai Town. Each lingam represent one direction are
  • Indra Lingam
  • Agni Lingam
  • Ema Lingam
  • Niruthi Lingam
  • Varuna Lingam
  • Vayu Lingam
  • Kubera Lingam
  • Esanya Lingam
Along side of the girivalam path we will find many Mutts, small temple, Ashrams. Some of them are
  • Ramanashram
  • Yogi Ramsuratkumar (VisiriSamiyar) Ashram
  • Sri Seshadri Swamigal Ashram
  • Ancheneyar Temple
  • adiannamalaiyar Temple
  • Nandi in the top of the hill that has been formed naturally