The name of this Temple, Adi Annamalai means 'first' or 'ancient' Annamalai (Arunachaleswarar). Its size is small and it around an acre in size -- compared with the 25 acre size of Arunachaleswarar Temple on the southeast side of the Hill. The legend of Adi Annamalai recounts that Brahma, after His dispute with Vishnu about the fiery column, made a lingam and went to the northwest side of the Hill to establish the Temple of Adi Arunachaleswarar (at the village of Adi Annamalai) to worship Shiva.


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