Guide to this Blog
Notice: Starting in August, 2012 the Forest Department has banned use of the Inner Path. This seems like a tragedy for many devotees of Sri Ramana Maharshi and others who have used this path for years and still use it regularly. See these posts for more information: Inner Path Pradakshina Banned, Barriers Built to Stop Inner Path Pradakshina. There are fines for violation of this ban.
Arunachala is loved by many. This blog shows more of Arunachala than most people ever experience. These postings may remind you of what you love, or help you discover more about India and Arunachala.
We are Americans living in Tiruvannamalai because of our love for Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, and the holy mountain, Arunachala. We have lived in India for five years now, and still are learning about it. I write this blog to show some of what we encounter and experience here. We love much of what we see, and I am naturally motivated to share what I love. I have no particular expertise, but am learning as I go along.
Look below the photo for a guide to the contents of the blog. There are many good articles for you to read.
Below are pages that show key sections of this blog. Click on any of the links below to open an index page that shows many posts with that focus.
Local and Visitor Information
Arunachala Guide Guide to Arunachala, Pradakshina (Girivalam) route, the Inner Path and many caves. This is the most comprehensive information available about Arunachala.
Guide to Arunachala Giripradakshina The route for Arunachala Pradakshina, with its many temples and shrines. The Asta Lingams and how to approach worship at them. Giripradakshina scenes and photos.
Resources for Western Visitors to Tiruvannamalai Help finding the resources you need for a successful trip to Tiruvannamalai.
Ramana Ashram Posts showing Ramana Ashram.
Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi Timeline and Places Sri Ramana’s timeline and links to posts that show locations associated with him.
Top Things to See in Tiruvannamalai My recommendations of special places to see while you are here.
Temples, Festivals and Celebrations
Temples, Shrines, and Ashrams in South India Holy places in South India
Festivals and Celebrations in Tiruvannamalai Religious celebrations are a big part of Tamil life. See these festivals.
Tamil Rites of Passage Tamils are an ancient people. See how they celebrate the passages of life.
Travel and Touring
Life in South India What is life like in Tiruvannamalai for Westerners?
Spiritual Teachers and Teachings A bit on spiritual teachers, with an eye towards my teacher, Nome, and those who visit Tiruvannamalai.
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Om Arunachalesvaraya Namah,
Richard and Carol