In the year 1896, Ramana Maharshi responded to the inner call and reached Thiruvannamalai at the age of 16. He started meditating at Arunachaleswarar temple, then moved to a cave located in the hills. This cave called by Virupaksha Cave named after the saint Virupaksha. The place where Ramana Maharshi carried his meditation can be seen near the Pathala Lingeswara shrine.
Pathala Lingeswara is located down below the below the earth, one should go down a steep flight of steps to see the Siva Linga where Ramana Maharshi worshiped.
Ramana Maharshi stayed there in a cave located in the hills, his spiritual advice attracted disciples and devotees from far. He became a powerful preacher and people from far keep visiting Ashram for spiritual guidance. Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi attained salvation in the year 1940.
How to reach Ramana Maharshi Ashram?
- From Chennai Temple is 207 km away, which takes 3 hours 45 mins drive by own vehicle and 4 hours 30 mins by bus.
- Daily trains are available from Chennai to Thiruvannamalai. Special trains will be available on this day.
- Thiruvannamalai well connected with all parts of Tamilnadu.
- Tiruvannamalai can be reached from Chennai and Villipuram. Villipuram is 61 km away.
- Ashram is 2 km from the main temple.