Ramanasramam

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To show Ramanasramam there will be two posts. This post shows most of the ashram. The second post will show that daily activity that is such an integral part of the experience of Ramanasramam.

Here is the entrance to Ramanasramam.

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When you pass through the gate, there is a large dirt area for parking cars and two wheelers. There is a beautiful large tree in this area.

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Walking through the dirt area, next you come to a set of steps. You should leave your shoes outside these steps. There is a shoe room near the gate where they will be safe. There have been many cases where shoes have been left outside, and they were not there when the owner returned. So use the shoe room. Or leave your two shoes in two different places. No one steals one shoe. Or use really shoddy shoes that no one would want.

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To the right of the steps is the bookstore. This is about the best place in the world to find books about Ramana, his teachings, and his devotees. Ramana photos and CDs of chants, etc. can also be found here.

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Often monkeys will  be seen in this area.

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They have free access to the place. Here the troupe is on the roof of the New Hall.

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Up the stairs, looking back towards the entrance gate. Sometimes the atmosphere is quiet and serene. At other times, like during full moon nights, there are many people streaming through the grounds to have darshan with Sri Ramana.

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Above mother’s shrine and Ramana’s, there are the typical towers that you will see in Hindu temples.

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Looking towards the New Hall. Note the peacock on the roof.

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Looking across the entrance to the New Hall. Usually there are people sitting, maybe talking quietly, maybe reading or meditating.

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The daily schedule.

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As you walk in front of the New Hall, you get darshan of Arunachala. Often you will see people pausing here, offering Namiskars to Arunachala.

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Closeup of peacock. Their screeches often fill the ashram.

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Here is the small building that housed Ramana in his last days, as he insisted on giving darshans to the tens of thousands of devotees who were here then.

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A woman pauses at the door to look in. 

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There are many objects in this room that Ramana  had used during his days at Ramanasramam.

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In the New Hall, there is a marble couch, with a stone murti of Sri Ramana. From what I understand, Ramana did not much like this stone couch, with the fancy cushions that were provided for him.

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Ramana silently watches all that comes and goes through the New Hall.

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Through the door to the east of the New Hall is the Mother’s shrine, one of the few in India dedicated to a Self-realized woman.

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Puja is offered to her samadhi each day.

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For some visitors, this is the highlight of the day.

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Walking pradakshina around the Mother’s shrine, you encounter Dakshinamurti.

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Then this Lingodbhava.

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Looking at the north side of Mother’s shrine.

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Here is Durga, most beautifully dressed.

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This Ramana Samadhi Hall is the largest space at the ashram. Often it is quiet, with a few people sitting along the walls meditating.

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Here is Ramana’s samadhi. Each day the priests put new flower decorations on it. Many come to watch this.

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Here is Nandi, in front of Ramana’s samadhi.

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To the rear is another stone murti of Ramana, sitting silently watching all.

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People gather in the Ramana Samadhi Hall many times each day.

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Here people are chanting the evening Ramana songs. Every word that Ramana recorded is chanted during the week.

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The women chant a line, then the men. It is beautiful to hear and to be swept away by this chanting. The visitors in the background in the photo below are making circumambulation of Ramana’s samadhi.

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Behind Ramana’s Samadhi is the Old Hall. Some feel this is the most sacred place here.

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Inside the Old Hall. At one end, there is a couch where Ramana sat. It has a portrait of reclining Ramana. This is where Ramana sat, mostly in silence, all those years, instructing those who came, sometimes with words, but mostly in silence.

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The dining room is next to the Old Hall. People are lined up for lunch, the biggest meal of the day.

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As you enter, first you pass through the old dining hall, used now only as overflow seating when many people are here. There is an altar with Ramana’s photo, located in the place where he usually sat and took food. 

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The new dining hall holds maybe 250 people. Three meals are served here, every day of the year.

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Next to the dining hall there is an open area where sometimes during big festival days a temporary structure is built. On the other side are the samadhis of various animals said to have attained Self-realization with Ramana.

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Chief among them is Cow Lakshmi.

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Here she is. She attained Mahasamadhi on 18-6-1948.

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In this area are also a row of old guest rooms.

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Out the back of the ashram is a gate, with paths leading up to Skandashram and to the start of the Inner Path for pradakshina.  

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Ramanasramam is open every day of the year. Hundreds or thousands of people come here every day. As the years have passed, Ramanasramam is seen as more important, attracting visitors from throughout India, and from every country in the world. A community of western seekers has also taken residence near here, so they can imbibe the holy spirit that fills Ramanasramam and that seems to flow from Arunachala. 

Photo Credits

Most of these photos were taken by Jim Clark, in January 2005. A few were taken recently by me.

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8 Responses to “Ramanasramam”

  1. Ramana Maharshi Timeline and Places – by Richard Clarke | Luthar.com Says:

    […] 1922 – 1950 Ramanasramam […]

  2. rtrnfthjd Says:

    Hi Richard, is there an email address I can contact you on to arrange to meet for tea at Ramanasramam.

    Paul

  3. rtrnfthjd Says:

    Hi Richard, that would be good to meet for tea at Ramanasramam.
    Paul.

  4. rtrnfthjd Says:

    Hi Richard, what a great introduction to Ramanasramam. I will be visting Ramanasramam in October and I have found this page very helpful.

    The photograph with the title:

    Ramana silently watches all that comes and goes through the New Hall,

    I found captivating and am eager to see the a stone murti of Bhagavan when I visit.

    Paul.

    • Richard Clarke Says:

      Let me know when you are here and maybe we can meet for tea at Ramanasramam.

  5. Ramana Maharshi Timeline | Ramana Maharshi Tours Says:

    […] Ramanasramam […]

  6. raju0704 Says:

    Wonderful visual treat!

  7. prasanthjvrs Says:

    Excellent photos and nice article.

    Thanks
    prashant Jalasutram

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