Arunachalesvara Temple is located at the base of Arunachala hill in the town of Thiruvannamalai in  Tamil Nadu, India. Dedicated to the deity Shiva, it is one of the largest temple complexes in India. As per Saiva philosophy Annamalai temple is associated with Agni, or fire, and revered as one of the Pancha Bhoota Stalas (five elements). The majestic presence of this architectural marvel is symbolic of timeless devotion. The Annamalai hill in Tiruvannamalai is considered to be older than the Himalayas. This fabulous photograph was shot by photographer Abul Kalam Azad in the year 2012.

The Lightening, Arunachaleshwarar temple in Tiruvannamalai 2012

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  • Abul Kalam Azad is an Indian visual artist and photographer based in Kerala. His works are largely personal explorations and documentation of experiences, and memories of his native land, people, and their culture. They deal with issues of identity, ethics, micro/macro history, and eroticism. His works have exhibited Nationally/Internationally in reputed museums and galleries. He has received Charles Wallace Award in the year 1996 and recognized by the French government through a scholarship grant. He is a recipient of grants from the Government of India and India Foundation for the Arts (IFA). He is the founder of Ekalokam Trust for Photography and Editor-in-chief of PhotoMail Online magazine.