The temple is located on a sprawling 25 acre land, encompassing several shrines, mandapams, corridors and other such enclosures each adorned with massive pillars with sculptures minutely and aesthetically carved.A huge hall here has a thousand pillars, each elegantly carved, neatly and orderly installed bearing testimony to the planning skills of the engineers of those times.
The Road encircling the mountain where devotees circumbulate is 8.5 miles which is 14 kms long.
On Full Moon days and festival days (like Karthigai, first day of the Tamil month, Tamil New Year day) hundreds of thousands of devotees circumbulate (GIRIVALAM) the mountain and get the blessings of the Lord Arunachala.
Though devoid of vegetation the hill stands in prominence amidst picturesque surroundings and is visible for miles around.
This hill is of Igneous rock (connected with fire) which is one of the four kinds of mountains classified by geology.
I'm always getting dragged around museums by my husband when I should rather be out in the bazaars.
It was with a heavy heart I offered to give up a morning here.
What an amazing surprise - this place is carefully organised to clearly inform and it was with real interest that I learned much more about a subject that I had thought I knew well.
In chronological order with fascinating photos, captions and artefacts it gives a clear picture of India's history and cultural background. Well kept museum about India's freedom fight and especially Mahatma Gandhiji includes some items actually used by Gandhiji and insights on his life - principle, practice, sacrifice, hard-work etc.... One of selected Gandhi Sanghrahalayas of Gandhi heritage in the country the place houses a treasure trove of Gandhi and freedom struggle memorabilia.
Located in Madurai city this place was actually a historical palace now hosting as museum.
It has two portions one which consists of Indian freedom struggle and other about Gandhi.
Highlight of the place is cloth worn by Gandhi when he was shot.