Arunachala and the Inner Path

The Inner Path of Arunachala is a place of silent beauty and deep peace.

Arunachala and the Inner Path are shown in great detail in this blog. This includes detailed descriptions and photo essays for each section of the Inner Path, as well as places that are rarely visited. The new “Yellow Path’ is shown as well as other Arunachala posts. Maps developed for this blog are also presented to assist readers who want to visit these special places of Arunachala.

The map below shows the six ‘sections’ of the Inner Path that are used below for the postings.

Notes on pradakshina (or girivalam):

Bring at least one litre of water  per person (two if walking when it is hot).
Shoes are best for most people.

Ramana said, when asked, “I already wear one set of dead leather (meaning the body). What does another matter?”

The path is rough on most feet. If your feet hurt you will not pay much attention to Arunachala.

Quiet walking is best.
Take the time to notice Arunachala. It changes as you walk around it.

Note: Starting in July of 2012 the Forest Department first limited access to, then banned use of the Inner Path. This seems like a tragedy for many devotees of Sri Ramana Maharshi who have used this path for years and still use it regularly. See these posts: Permits needed for Inner Path, Inner Path Pradakshina Banned, Barriers Built to Stop Inner Path Pradakshina. There are fines for violation of this ban.

Inner Path Map developed from Google Earth (click to enlarge)

Arunachala Pradakshina Routes

Arunachala Pradakshina Routes

Arunachala Inner Path

Click the link or the picture to go to the post.

Inner Path – South Side from Ramanasramam

Start of Inner Path, from path to Skandashram

Walking to Skandashram
Arunachala – New Access to Ramana Sites Below Virupaksha Cave
Walking to Virupaksha Cave
Mango Tree Cave
Climbing to a Cave High Above Ramanasramam  

Inner Path – Southwest Side

Arunachala from SW Inner Path

Papaji’s Cave
Aum Amma’s Cave

Footpaths of Arunachala – South of Kattu Siva Tank 
More Footpaths of Arunachala 
Flowers Blooming Near Arunachala’s Kattu Siva Tank  

Inner Path – Around Parvati Hill

Arunachala from Kattu Siva area

Holy Feet
Kattu Siva Cave
Kattu Siva Meditation Perch
Kattu Siva path Renewal – Part 1
Kattu Siva path Renewal – Part 2

Inner Path – The  Elephant

Arunachala – The Elephant

Adi Annamalai Temple
Under the loving gaze of The Elephant
Repairing Tanks Around Arunachala
Exploring the  north side of Arunachala
To  the top of the Northside Promontory
Climbing on Arunachala’s north side
“G’s Cave” on Arunachala’s Northside  

Inner Path – Trees

Arunachala from Trees area of Inner Path

Naga Shrine near the Inner Path

Inner Path – to Pachaiamman Koil

Arunachala from near Pachiaimann Koil

Pachaiamman Koil

East Side – Pachaiamman Koil to Arunachaleswara Temple

Arunachala from Pavala Kundru

Arunachaleswara Temple
Walking to Virupaksha Cave
Pavala Kundru
Climbing to Seven Springs
Tortoise Rock and  Cave
Palamaram Ashram and Cave
Wedding Cave

Related Posts

To see other posts that you may be interested in, please look at this link: Arunachala Guide 

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  4. babita2008 Says:

    Hello again Richard,

    Thanks to you I set up a Giripradakshina with Saran (the tour guide you had recommended). I was wondering if you can answer another question. Is the old hall open throughout the day or is it only open at certain times. I have only 2 days and I’m trying to fit the pradakshina and spending time at the ashram as well. I sent an email to the ashram but its been days and haven’t heard back. So I’m turning to you for help. I really appreciate what you are doing for devotees of Sri Bhagawan. Blessings to you!

    • richardclarke Says:

      I think old hall is open from 6 AM to 9 pm. Maybe it is closed from about 1 to 4 PM, I don;t remember.

  5. Anu Says:

    HI Richard,

    I have been reading your blogs with great interest. I have been to Thiruvannamalai twice and have performed the Girivalam, but i wasnt even aware of the inner path. Your pix have been inspiring and I want to use the path thenext time I visit…. How long does the girivalam via the inner path take?? and is it much more strenuous than the outer path??? Please do let me know…

    • richardclarke Says:

      From Ramanashramam to Pachiaimman Koil is about three hours. It is a bit more work than the outer path, since you go up and down small hills, etc. but we do not feel that it is more strenuous. Wear shoes (unless you go barefoot all the time).

      Good luck! I think you will enjoy it.

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