Tiruvannamalai (Thiruvannamalai) is a world renowned temple town in TamilNadu which is synonym to deepam(fire). Here Shiva (Arunachaleswar) is worshipped in the form of fire. This temple enshrines Lord Annamalai (Lord Shiva) and Goddess Unnamalai (Goddess Parvati). Ashes and Kumkum are offered as prasad or blessing to devotees in Annamalai lingam and Unnamalai temple respectively in the Arunachaleshwar temple. Note: Arunachaleswar Temple daily opens at 5.30 a.m. and closes at 9.30 p.m. During the midday period of 12.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. all the shrines inside the Temple Complex, including both Shiva Sannidhi and Unnamulai Shrine, are closed. However several of the Gopuram Gates to the Temple are continuously open throughout the day, so one can enter and exit the Temple Complex without interruption.