Thiruvannamalai, the divine place of Lord Shiva, with the majestic and divine Mountain Arunachala, signifies the element fire. Thus in Tamil, it is known as the "Agni Stalam" Agni means fire and "Stala" means "Throne" in Sanskrit is compared to the mighty Brinadeeshwara temple in Tanjore. The fact, this temple is larger than the Brihadeeshwara. Many tamil poets have praised this town to the fullest. According to sources, no one still knows who built the great temple with such great devotion.