For more than 1000 years Arunachala Giripradakshina – circumambulation of the holy mountain Arunachala – has been extolled as a way to achieve mukti, liberation or enlightenment. Each year millions of people, primarily South Indians, come to Tiruvannamalai on full moon nights for Girivalam (Tamil for Giripradakshina).
The present Pradakshina route was set about 900 hundred years ago, by a Pandyan king, Vikkirama Pandya. Famous saints and sages from over the ages have extolled Girivalam for its spiritual benefits. Most recently this was done by Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi.
Map of Outer Path
I have written a number posts that show this Arunachala Giripradakshina route and the holy places that line it. This page is a way to navigate to these postings.
Temples and Shrines
This post gives and overview of many of the 100 (or so) temples and shrines alone the Pradakshina route. Most of them can be seen in this post.
Temples and Shrines along the Giripradakshina Route.
The eight Asta Lingams of Arunachala
The eight Asta Lingams are should be visited by everyone who does Girivalam. Learn about them and how to worship at them in this post:
The Eight Asta Lingams on Arunachala’s Pradakshina Route
Pradaakshina Route Temples and Celebrations
Full Moon Night – 27 April 2010
Scenes from Arunachala Full Moon Night – November 2009
Full Moon Pradakshina – Part One
Full Moon Pradakshina – Part Two
Feeding Sadhus along Arunachala’s Girivalam Road
Night time on Arunachala’s Girivalam Road
Expanding Girivalam Road around Arunachala
Arunachala Full Moon Girivalam – Street Drawing