Sri Ramana Ashram
Sri Ramana Ashram
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  • Aviv R
    Tel Aviv, Israel105 contributions
    Interesting and relaxing
    I have not been to an ashram before, and this one definitely gives a good understanding of what it’s about. Lone line for free food on the late morning to a mix of Indian and a few foreigners as well. Large book shop provides an intro to the guru of the ashram. Very interesting.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 8, 2023
  • Swati D
    2 contributions
    Place for a spiritual seeker to be in.
    Ideal place for a spiritual seeker to go and stay in the ashram. I stayed in the ashram for 5 days and it was an enriching experience. Meditation anywhere in the ashram happens instantly and with Vedic chanting and songs it makes the place an abode of the celestials. Silence is maintained throughout the ashram which gives more calmness to the mind. The sumptuous healthy and tasty food 3 times a day is a topping on the cake.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written January 10, 2024
  • NorthStar31755018158
    3 contributions
    Visit to ramana ashram
    This is the final resting place of sri ramana maharishi. The place is filled with disciples offering their respect to ramana maharishi. The ashram is very peaceful and filled with positives vibes. The meditation Hall is very calming and a must visit. There is also a back passage to virupaksha caves a 4km trek. The place where ramana maharishi used to meditate for long periods of time
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 27, 2024
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M S P
Vadodara, India1,128 contributions
Oct 2019
Sri Ramana Ashram, also known as Sri Ramanasramam, is the ashram which was home to modern sage and Advaita Vedanta master Ramana Maharshi from 1922 until his death in 1950. It is not much far from the Arunachaleshwar Temple, where Maharshi stayed for some time before settling here. Very peaceful lush green campus with peacocks moving fearlessly, reminds us ancient Ashrams of Rishis and sages in the forest. We sat in the meditation hall for some time near the couch where Maharshiji used to sit answering queries of devotees. Maharshi hardly spoke. He answered the questions by mere telepathy just like our modern day blue-tooth communication! This was experienced by none less than great personalities like Dr. Paul Brunton and Ex PM of India Mr. Morarji Desai. We also meditated in the new hall where Maharshiji’s discourses were held occasionally.
Written January 11, 2020
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niluanu
Chennai (Madras), India601 contributions
Aug 2022
Located below the Annamalai Hill, this is an extremely serene location. The ashram is clean and well maintained and entry is free. Photography is not permitted within the premises. Please note that the ashram remains closed to visitors from 11am till 2pm
Written August 26, 2022
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Aviv R
Tel Aviv, Israel105 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
I have not been to an ashram before, and this one definitely gives a good understanding of what it’s about. Lone line for free food on the late morning to a mix of Indian and a few foreigners as well. Large book shop provides an intro to the guru of the ashram. Very interesting.
Written April 9, 2023
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Visitor2040
Tiruvannamalai, India3 contributions
Nov 2014 • Solo
Many people want to know the best way to travel from Bangalore (Bengaluru) to Tiruvannamalai (Ramana Ashram).

No, don't go by car. The journey is slow and uncomfortable as roads are extremely bad not mentioning the extra cost. Take the KSRTC Volvo bus. Very comfortable and fast. Takes around 4 hrs and cost is around Rs450/. It departs everyday at 9.30am from Shantinagar bus stand to Pondicherry and stops right in front of Ramana Ashram enroute. You can also book the ticket online on the KSRTC website. On return it departs at around 12.30pm from Tiru bus stand.

At Ramana Ashram you can stay at the Seshadri Swamigal Ashramam, Arunachal Ramana home or Hill top residency. All three are walking distance from the Ashram and affordable although during season they will triple their rates. The best would be to write an email to the Ashram authorities and have a room right inside the ashram for three days for free. Some donation would be expected. There are other luxurious hotels close to ashram which charge around Rs2000/day.
Written April 8, 2015
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YOtrav
Tel Aviv, Israel6 contributions
Oct 2014 • Couples
Much of the experience at Ramana Ashram is truly special. The atmosphere in the meditation hall, the readings, the general energy is very conducive to contemplation and exploration.

The walk up the mountain is an absolute must and the ashram at the top of the hike is possibly the best place to meditate in the whole area, not to mention the gorgeous views on the way there.

However, the experience overall was conflicting. The shiny statue of Ramana in the main hall and sometimes the behavior of the people there made it feel as if the intention was for worshipping the man, and not his ideas, which runs counter to discovery of true self and absolution of ego that Ramana seemed to have promoted. Despite asking to be left alone, two boys repeatedly harassed us in the normal sort of scam approach you see in Delhi where you are invited to go "see something special" and are not left alone.

Quick hint - don't carry a water bottle outside of the bag. There are many monkeys walking around, which is nice and adds to the environment, but I was attacked for my water bottle, and I didn't realize why the monkey was aggressive towards me until he finally took the bottle, unscrewed the cap, poured out the water and started drinking. I knew to keep food inside the bag around monkeys, but I guess that goes for water bottles too.

Most discomforting was our experience with crime. Someone on a motorbike snatched our bag with our passports and other valuables while we were on our way to the ashram. More traumatic than that experience was the police behavior. The police treated us aggressively, than left us waiting, than had us meet someone who worked at the Ashram who tried to get us to sign a report he typed up in the ashram offices. The report was completely detached from the truth.

When we tried to edit the report to reflect what happened, specifically when we tried to acknowledge that our bag was stolen instead of lost or that there was anything in the bag other than passports, we were told to leave. It was made intimidatingly clear to us that we weren't going to get any letter from the police that would help us leave the country unless we agreed to their completely false narrative.

Having had this experience at the ashram itself was quite disillusioning.

Take Note: Take care of your belongings in Tiru. If you need the police, you should expect them to be more harmful than helpful. Criminals likely know this as well, judging by the stories we had heard about others having their bags snatched.

I suppose we have to realize that there are bad people everywhere, even at spiritual ashrams, and we shouldn't equate our bad experiences in a uniform way to the locations where they occurred. Hence, I am leaving this at 3 stars. I would rate it higher if not for the reality that I felt conflicted about the place even before the robbery and corruption, for the aforementioned reasons.
Written October 25, 2014
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Murray F
Vancouver, Canada194 contributions
Dec 2012 • Couples
I have been coming here since early 1976 and have seen an increase of more and more visitors, both western and Indian, over the years.
In spite of increasing crowds it is still a wonderful serene and simple ashram. It is not commercial at all except for the sales of photos and books at the book shop. Even this is very low key.
It is one of the ashrams in India that has maintained it's simplicity and remains true to the teachings of the Guru it was started around. The Ashram was built around the great Indian Self realized sage Bhagavan Shri Ramana Maharshi, who was known for his silent presence. That silent presence can still be felt here and meditation can happen easily and spontaneously. There are no living teachers as such but for those who have some meditation experience or are of a devotional or enquiring nature it is a wonderful place.
You must email ahead to the ashram from their website and wait for an answer in order to stay here. Accommodation is simple, and delicious south Indian meals are served on a leaf plate. The price is by donation.
The Ashram is not a hotel but is for those who are sincerely interested in Ramana's teachings. One cannot stay at the Ashram for long periods but it is a wonderful place to feel Ramana and his teachings. For those who may want to stay longer there are other ashrams, guest houses, hotels and rooms in the area.
The Ashram is at the base of Arunachala, a mountain that has been considered holy in the South Indian religious tradition for thousands of years. The mountain itself, has drawn many seekers and sages and there is a slience which infuses the entire area.
Many westerners are drawn here in the winter months and often teachers of different traditions pass through. In the town of Tiruvannamalai is the large beautiful temple dedicated to Sri Arunachaleshwara, a form of Shiva. Indeed the hill itself is said to be Shiva himself transformed into the mountain for the purpose of devotion. There is not much here for tourists except the Temple in the town. For spiritual seekers or those who are really interested in Indian culture, however, it can be very rich.
Written December 15, 2012
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Sudhir_Raikar
Mumbai, India99 contributions
Dec 2013 • Family
A business-cum-pleasure trip to Pondicherry took us to Ramanashram - the karma-bhoomi of Bhagwan Ramana Maharshi. Visiting the ashram was one divine experience, truly unforgettable. The new prayer hall and the Samadhi sthal in particular get you in a trance of sorts simply imagining how the place would have been in Maharshi's times.

His room is well maintained, complete with bed, belongings and other artifacts. My limited knowledge of Ramana chiefly emanates from the pioneering book "Self Realization - the life and teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi" by B V Narasimha Swami, noted lawyer and scholar of yore. Such is the flowing account of the book that the actual walk round the holy place seemed akin to a recalled experience of a past visit. I collected two rare books on Kavya Kantha Ganapati Muni, Maharshi's ardent disciple and illustrious Sanskrit scholar.

The ashram library is simply awesome, not only for its diverse collection but the discipline and decorum with which things go about here. Worthy of adulation and emulation in the same breath.

Unfortunately, the scene outside the ashram leaves much to be desired. Stench, if not filth, is a common feature of the town which solely thrives on the legend, much like Shirdi and Shegaon. Fancy commercial outlets have made a divine mess of the place with all kinds of Maharshi merchandise displayed from wherever possible. To make matters worse, rash drivers of buses, taxis and rickshaws seem all set to ride over you at any moment of the day. We don't expect people at such places to be blessed with halos of enlightenment round their heads but why should even the basic civic sense be amiss is truly baffling. Clearly a tragedy for a town that was sanctified by the great Maharshi years ago, who traveled all the way from Madurai to reach this place before he set foot on the Arunachala Hill. In fact, the Maharshi had to make a long detour as he was unaware of the Villupuram - Tiruvannamalai - Katpadi branch railway line opened in 1892. He went by the Madurai - Egmore track on August 29, 1896 which showed Tindivanam as the nearest point to reach Tiruvannamali. Thanks to a co-passenger's prompt advice, a Moulavi who was eager to help the 'young tapasvi', he alighted at Villupuram and after much hardship, bought a ticket to Mambalapattu. From Mambalapattu, he walked all the way to Kilur, yet twenty miles away from the destination. Here,he pledged his earrings to secure a railway ticket to Tiruvannamalai and finally arrived here on the historic day of September 1, 1896.
Written January 27, 2014
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Ayyachamy A
Tiruchirappalli, India60 contributions
Feb 2014 • Family
This is a nice place for meditation with spiritual atmosphere. But unless you are attached to Sri Ramana who is considered as Lord Arunachala by his devotees, a visit to this place may not make much sense. However, even if one has slightest spiritual inclination, he/she should visit this place; it is highly possible for him/her to be consumed by the Lord even in this birth. There are many living examples to attest this fact.

What is so special about Sri Ramana ? His teaching is based on common experience of everyone (Being) and it is not dependent on any religion - although he is considered a Hindu. In my opinion, after the Buddha, only Ramana and Vivekananda freely distributed the ancient knowledge to whole world without any limitation whatsoever. And Ramana did that without moving out of Arunachalam even for a moment ! And he only answered question put to him. He was silent most of the time.

If you write to the Ashram well in advance, you will get free accommodation and food for your stay.
Written March 20, 2014
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nithin s
Bengaluru, India60 contributions
Oct 2017 • Family
It's no doubt the most serene place to be in Thiruvannamalai.. I took my parents to Thiruvannamalai because of it's very famous temple. But i had no idea about this Ashram and only after reaching there my mom told about it and we happened to visit the ashram. First thing i noticed there were a lot of Foreigners who know so much about him/ashram and i didn't, so was embarrassing to say the least. Full green surroundings, being located at the foot of the hill and big meditation halls all these bring the sense of calm. It's a place to sit, relax, slow down and start feeling a lighter head and somehow it works magically.
Behind the ashram is the walkway to Skandashram and Virupaksha cave. A 2km walk up the hill is worth it (bottled water n lime soda available all along) ! People do this without footwear generally (not that difficult without shoes) but you can wear your shoes and only have to take them off before entering ashrams. You get to see all the 9 gopurams (8) of Arunchaleshwara temple - a view you can't miss. If you have more time try to start this walk/trek by 6-7am and after reaching Skandashram, there is a further 2.5hrs of a trek to up top of the hill. That's the place where 'Karthika Deepam' is lit on Kartika Poornima (full moon day in November mostly). Virupaksha cave is 300m downhill from Skandashram. This is the place where the present guru is meditating and you can see (barely see) him in the dark shadow behind Saint Virupaksha's ashes. There also seems to be a way down the hill reaching near Temple, apparently shorter than the way back to Ashram. Unfortunately I reached Skandashram at 3pm so missed this chance to trek up top or try the other downhill route as i didn't know (my bad). Now you know, so please plan accordingly. Hope this review helps. Peace ✌️
Written October 29, 2017
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711trip
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India2 contributions
Mar 2014 • Solo
I've visited and stayed in the ashram for 3 days. It was a wonderful stay to get spiritual experience and all my divine questions were answered. People want to stay in peaceful life, please visit this ashram once. Your mind will be purified.

Regards,
Written March 10, 2014
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