holy temple lies at the fort of Arunachala and occupies a vast area
of 25 acres of land. It owes its grandeur to four lofty towers
- the eastern one called Rajagopuram is the tallest and measures 217
feet; the Western goes by the name Peygopuram; the
Southern, Tirumanjuna gopuram and the Northern, Ammani Amma gopuram.
It has five prakaras, and the walls are broad and high, resembling
the rampart walls of fort. In each of the prakaras, there are
tanks and many minishrines. In the first prakara lies the
garbha griha of Sri Arunachaleswar the presiding deity of this
glorious temple. This Tejolinga feasts the bhaktas with its
huge size and bends their heads in veneration. Offering
prayers and uttering Harhar Mahadev, they make a retreat, prayers
and uttering Harhar Mahadev, they make a retreat, offering prayers
to Tayar too, souls filled with the form of the Omnimerciful Siva
Sankar. This deity is adored by several awe-inspiring names
such as Sonachaleswara, Arunagiriswarar, Vedamurthi, Annamalaiyar,
Bhaktavashankar etc. And each name has a story fantastic that
brings out the multi-faceted glory of this all-adorable Lord, who
blesses the adorers, regardless of their place, time and nature.
He is there where genuine devotion manifests, sprouts and rises like
fountain. (For further details vide No.4 of AGS)
the darsan of Apomrti, one of the famous Sivashtamurthis, we have to
go to Tiruvanaikaval.