I saw this morning that an additional brush barrier has been put at the entrance to the Inner Path via the path to Kanappa Temple. This barrier also blocks access to the temple as well. A brief check confirmed that additional brush barriers have been put in place between Kanappa Temple and closer to Tiruvannamalai, extending probably to the barrier erected on the small dirt track to Kattu Siva Tank.
This means the barriers now limit access to Arunachala’s Inner Path, from near Ramanasramam to Kanappa Temple (and Nityananda’s Ashram).
I am told by several people that these barriers are only temporary. I do not know what that actually means. For now the Indian Forest Department thinks that there is some kind of serious problem with Arunachala’s Inner Path, and that something drastic had to be done. I have heard a number of things about what the problems might be. At this point, I am not sure what to think about them. I do know, though, that access to Arunachala’s Inner Path, loved by many as a place where one can get away from the noise and commercialism of the outer Pradakshina route and experience Arunachala’s quiet peace is now banned by the Forest Department. If you have plans that involve the Inner Path, you may not be able to walk it.