Guide to this Blog
First and foremost this blog shows the life of Carol and Richard after retiring from Silicon Valley in the USA and moving to India. We moved to the foot of the holy mountain in South India, Arunachala, and this has been our home and the center of our travels ever since.
Arunachala is loved by many. This blog shows more of Arunachala and India than most people ever see. These postings may remind you of what you love, help you discover more about India, Tamil culture, and Arunachala, or plan a visit. Our travels in and out of India are also shown.
Blog Contents: Here are pages that can take you to major areas of the blog:
Arunachala Guide Guide to Arunachala, Pradakshina (Girivalam) route, the Inner Path and many of its caves. The most comprehensive guide to Arunachala.
Guide to Arunachala Pradakshina Route for Arunachala Pradakshina, and temples and shrines. The eight sacred Lingams and how to approach them. Giripradakshina scenes.
Resources for Western Visitors to Tiruvannamalai Find what you need for a successful trip.
Ramana Ashram Posts showing Ramana Ashram and ashram events.
Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi Timeline and Places Sri Ramana’s timeline and links to posts on associated locations.
Top Things to See in Tiruvannamalai Recommendations of special places to see.
Temples, Festivals and Celebrations
Temples, Shrines, and Ashrams in South India Holy places in Tiruvannamalai and 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
Arunachala Sadhu Posts Articles about Arunachala Sadhus
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.
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 six years now, and continue to learn 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.
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. There are fines for violation of this ban.
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Om Arunachalesvaraya Namah,
Richard and Carol