Annamalaiyaar & Unnamalaiyaar in Tanjore Paintings

Made by traditional artists, Annamalaiyaar & Unnamalaiyaar Tanjore Paintings are believed to bestow auspicious blessings to your home and preserved as valued antiques. These Tanjore Paintings are great for adorning Pooja rooms in homes, office and business places.

Lord Shiva is called by devotees as Arunachaleswarar or Annamalayar. The Arunachaleswarar Temple in Thiruvannamalai, Tamilnadu is considered to be the largest temple in the world dedicated to Shiva. The history of the temple transports you to thousands of years back.

The Saiva cult or Saivism is followed by millions of Hindus all over the world, and Thiruvannamalai is the capital of the cult. Annamalaiannal is regarded as the most sacred of the many Thirunamams or Namams (Tamil for names) of Lord Shiva.

This temple has been mentioned in several places in the great Tamil works of Thevaram and Thiruvasagam. The Siva Puranam mentions Thiruvannamalai as one of the four sacred places for finding salvation; therefore, this temple is known by the Tamizhians as “Ninaithale Mukthi Tharum Thiruthalam” simply by chanting the names of Lord Arunachaleswarar.

One of the Pancha Bhoota Stalas and Manipooraga Sthalam, the lingam in the temple is called Agni lingam and represents the element of fire. The deity’s consort is Parvathi also known as Unnamulai Amman or Unnamalaiyaar.

In most holy places, the deity is found on the top of the hill, but here the holy hill itself represents the principal deity - Lord Annamalaiyar and is revered with utmost piety. The meaning of "Arunam" is sun and symbolizes the red colour of fiery fire, while "Asalam" is "malai" or "Giri" (mountain).

Saint poets - Thirunavukkarasar, Thirugnana Sambandar, Sundarar, et al have produced rich poetry. They are believed to have visited the place, worshiped Lord Shiva and eulogized it with Bhakti songs. Saint Manickavasagar had spent a considerable period of his life at Thiruvannamalai composing "Thiruvammanai” and "Thiruvempavai - 20". Even today you can find a temple for Saint Manickavasagar on the Girivalam (Circumambulation) path at the foothills of Thiruvannamalai.

The Annamalaiyaar & Unnamalaiyaar Tanjore Paintings sold by Sandiv Art Gallery are marked by lively, flat and vibrant colours and reveal a delicate work of matchless artistry by local craftsmen. If you’ve been searching online for one, then this is it.