Tiruvannamalai is a beautiful area and a unique municipality in the state of Tamil Nadu, located in the Southern region of India.
The city is noted for its scenic natural beauty and is famous among the tourists. There are many things to do and see in this city that will surely fascinate you.
This city has many attractions which have been known to visitors all over the world. It has many beautiful nature parks and sanctuaries and is also famous for its temples.
Here are three places in Tiruvannamalai not to be missed.
Situated approximately 6kms from the coastal town of Nagpur, on the beautiful Seminar hill is the Karthikeyan Temple. Considered the foremost Hindu temple in South Asia, Lord Karthikeyan established the Brahma Temple with the help of his mother Subhadra.
Consisting of a small building, the sacred temple is believed to have been built in the 6th century. The Brahma Temple lies on the anniversary of Karthikeyan’s great victory over the demon Narakasura and is dedicated to Goddess Subhadra.
This holy temple was built inside an elephant temple which has three tiers.
One of the levels is called the vimana where the devotees stand while offering flowers and incense to Lord Karthikeyan.
The second tier or the trayunkala consists of smaller shrines and temples dedicated to Goddess Subhadra and various other deities.
At the end of the trayunkala is the main tower of the Brahma temple where Lord Karthikeyan was installed as the first Brahma asana. The current Brahma temple is located on the top of the main tower.
The main tower of the Brahma temple is believed to have been constructed by Kolis or the god’s servants and it is believed that he made the temple with the help of a council. It is believed that he created the building with the assistance of Vatas or his consort’s son.
According to the legend, once when Vatas and his consort Kolis had left to fetch water, a cloud covered them and the king had his soldiers place stones on the ground and prayed for rain to fall. This resulted in the formation of the present-day Taj Mahal.
This story is related in the mythological narrative called the Ramayana and it is believed that the waters of Ganga had covered the kingdom of Magadh and hence, Lord Karthikeyan had the idea of building the Taj Mahal on the banks of Ganga.
Thirumalai Nayak Palace
The second place to visit is the Thirumalai Nayak Palace located on the left bank of the Vembanad Lake in the city of Madurai.
It is one of the most important monuments of Tamil Nadu that symbolizes the supremacy of royalty and is surrounded by a fortress, palaces, temples and lush greenery.
In the year sixteen 36AD King Tirumala Nayak built this palace for himself in the memory of his father. Thirumalai Nayak was a fierce king that had constructed this palace even though he was not particularly interested in building for himself. The reason behind the construction of the Palace was to celebrate his succession to the throne of the erstwhile King Rama V. Thirumalai Nayak did not care much about the construction of palaces or any other edifices, he was more interested in his own image. According to the legend, he told his minister that he wanted his image to be decorated on the walls of his palace with the help of an Italian architect whom he had made acquaintance in the Italian court of the time.
The Italian architect worked in harmony with the Thai princess, and the project was completed in sixteen 36AD. Thirumalai Nayak’s reign was extremely short, and the whole palace was destroyed during World War II. The ruins of the palace can be seen to this day, and it is believed that they were totally destroyed during the war.
But there are those who believe that the legend of the king thirumalai nayak’s palace being destroyed is actually a fabrication, and that the entire story of the restoration work was invented so as to make the royal family look good. Whatever the case may be, Thirumalai Nayak Palace was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988.
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
The last to visit in Tiruvannamalai India is the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary.
This is a jungle reserve and it is one of the rarest place in the world to see monkeys, lemurs, deer, wild boar etc.
Here you will get to see some rare species of these animals. You can have a wonderful day out while visiting this place and return back to the city rejuvenated and full of energy.