Ramana Maharshi

Arunachala Hill at Thiruvannamalai

Ramana ashram and Arunachala

Any visit to the abode of spiritual masters is always enriching and enlightening. Our visit to Sri Ramana ashram, Virupaksha cave and Skandashram on Arunachala hill at Thiruvannamalai was no exception. The first time I read about Ramana Maharshi was in the book “Secrets of Spiritual India” by Paul Brunton. In this book, Paul Brunton has described his personal experiences with spiritual masters and godmen in India. He has talked about Ramana Maharshi in glowing terms.

Friends suggest visit to Thiruvannamalai

When I was planning a trip to Chennai in February to attend the marriage of Bokka’s daughter (Bokka is our hostel mate from Delhi College of Engineering), my friend Ramana Rajgopaul suggested that we visit Thiruvannamalai as well. When I mentioned about this plan, S. Natrajan, another friend from Delhi hostel and a follower of Ramana Maharshi, got in touch and provided very useful information.

Ramana ashram

Sri Ramana statue
Sri Ramana statue

The words that would describe the feelings as we entered Ramana ashram premises were silence, peace and piousness. There were many devotees but no commotion. The darshan at the temple and the samadhi and everything else was happening in a very orderly manner. It is such a wonderful feeling to be in the abodes of spiritual masters where even after they are long gone, their teachings and legacy remains. The followers of these masters did not engage in noisy and pompous rituals. They went about the expression of their faith in a quiet and private way which would not trouble others as well as the environment.

Leaves change colours at Ramana ashram
Leaves change colours at Ramana ashram
Twilight at Ramana ashram
Twilight at Ramana ashram

Arunachala Hill

Path up Arunachala hill
Path up Arunachala hill
Leaves turned red in the morning light at Arunachala hill
Leaves turned red in the morning light at Arunachala hill
View of Arunachaleswarar temple, Thiruvannamalai from Arunachala
View of Arunachaleswarar temple, Thiruvannamalai from Arunachala

Everyone who we talked to insisted that we go up Arunachala hill and visit the original abode of Ramana Maharshi as well as the cave where he mediated. Fortunately we started early in the morning and went up the mountain path from behind the ashram. Noticed that an NGO had taken efforts to maintain the vegetation on the hill.

Virupaksha Cave on Arunachala hill
Virupaksha Cave on Arunachala hill
Skandashram at Arunachala hill
Skandashram at Arunachala hill

The visit to Skandashram and Virupaksha Cave once again brought back the same feelings experienced while visiting the ashram. We did spend some time in meditation at the cave.

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2 Comments

  1. I am delighted that you had the opportunity to visit Thiruvannamalai and the Ramana Ashram. I wonder if you know that I am named after the great sage and was taken to him for his blessing when I was just a few months old!

    1. Thank you for suggesting a visit. Had been wanting to visit for a long time. Your suggestion was the trigger. You are blessed to be named after the great sage.

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