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Ashram at a Glance



Throughout human history spiritual giants have emerged on rare occasions, embodying the highest truth and guiding followers by the very conduct of their lives. Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi is one such spiritual giant. Known as The Sage of Arunachala, He is the very embodiment of Self-Realisation, the ultimate goal of human existence..

A visit to Sri Ramanasramam  

“They say that I am going away, but where can I go? I am here.” Bhagavan Although Bhagavan’s physical presence no longer graces the Ashram, his spiritual presence is as alive as ever. Thus, devotees and aspirants who attune themselves to his silent teaching can derive considerable spiritual benefit from a visit to the Ashram. These notes are intended to guide such visitors.


  • 5:30 Ashram opens 
  • 6:45 Chanting and Milk Offering to Bhagavan in the Samadhi Hall 
  • 7:00 Breakfast in the Dining Hall* 
  • 8:00 Chanting of the Vedas in front of Bhagavan’s Shrine 
  • 9:00 Puja at Bhagavan’s Shrine followed by puja at Mother’s Shrine
  • 9:45 Narayana Seva (Sadhu feeding) 
  • 11:30 Lunch in the Dining Hall* 
  • 11-2 Mother’s Shrine & Samadhi Hall: CLOSED 
  • 4:00 Tea or hot milk served in the Dining Hall* 
  • 4:00 Reading in Tamil in the Reading Hall 
  • 4:30 Reading in English in the Reading Hall
  • 5:00 Chanting of the Vedas in front of Bhagavan’s Shrine followed by puja at Bhagavan’s Shrine and Mother’s Shrine 
  • 6:00 Tamil Parayana (Monday - Saturday) 
  • 7:00 Dinner in the Dining Hall* 
  • 8:30 Ashram closes.
*For guests and invitees only. Punctuality is requested - Please line up at least 10 minutes before starting time.
The Sri Chakra Puja in the Mathrubhuteswara Shrine (Mother's Shrine) is performed between 6:00 - 8:45 p.m. every Friday, on full moon day, and on the first day of each Tamil month.The Sri Chakra Puja in the Mathrubhuteswara Shrine (Mother's Shrine) is performed between 6:00 - 8:45 p.m. every Friday, on full moon day, and on the first day of each Tamil month.

The daily schedule given above is subject to change on special days such as Aradhana, Jayanthi, Deepam, full moon, eclipse etc. Please see notice board or website for details.

  • Bookstore: 8:30 to 11 am, 2:30 to 6 pm. 
  • Office: 8:30 to 12 pm, 2:30 to 6 pm.


It is Indian tradition to show respect to a holy place by wearing appropriate clothes and behaving in a respectful manner. The Holy Hill of Arunachala and Town of Tiruvannamalai, including all its various large and small Temples, Shrines and Ashrams deserve this respect and consideration

Before entering the Ashram, please leave shoes and sandals outside at the shoe/sandal Stall (which is free). Do NOT carry them in your bag within the Ashram buildings. This is as offensive as wearing them.

Ladies: If not wearing a saree, salwar-kameez/churidar or other appropriate Indian clothes, please wear western clothing that is loose, sleeved and not transparent. The chest, shoulders and legs should be covered.

Men: If not wearing a dhoti, kurta or other appropriate clothes, please wear a sleeved shirt (not an under shirt/sleeveless vest/baniyan) over long pants. Wearing lungis, shorts and other beach-like wear are signs of disrespect.

Please note that visitors who are improperly dressed may be asked to leave the Ashram.


As this is an Ashram, one needs to be sensitive to the needs of the devotees; therefore, please act respectfully and follow the few traditional and customary rules. We trust that devotees come for a period of quiet study, reflection, and meditation only. Please find alternative places for sight-seeing, meeting relatives and friends, or transacting other personal business

Please, SWITCH OFF or at least “SILENCE” your Mobile Phones at all times when within the Ashram. Please maintain silence and refrain from social interactions with others when in the Temple, Shrine & Meditation Halls.

Visitors wishing to visit places associated with the life of Bhagavan should ask the office for guidance. Also, especially if new to India, all should be cautious in any dealings with outside vendors and contractors.

Women are strongly advised NOT to walk unaccompanied on or around the Hill.


The town of Tiruvannamalai is about 200 km southwest of Chennai, 100 km west of Puduchery, and about 200 km southeast of Bengaluru. It is well connected by buses and lies on the Villupuram-Katpadi branch line of Southern Railways. The Ashram is about 3 km from the railway and bus stations, and 2 km southwest of the Main Temple and from town centre. Taxis can be made available for Ashram visitors travelling to and from the Ashram.


Please note: Accommodation at the Ashram is limited, and is solely for Bhagavan’s devotees*. No visitors are permitted to stay for long periods, but usually for only three days. In special cases, however, their stay may be extended. Devotees are advised to write or email to the President of the Ashram well in advance of their intended stay, stating (1) the purpose of their visit, (2) date of arrival, (3) desired duration of their stay, (4) number of persons, and (5) other relevant information. Prompt reply is assured. No visitor has a right to accommodation, especially a particular. accommodation. The allotment of rooms is entirely at the discretion of the management.

Rooms are available to suit single person, couples and families. They are simply furnished, including an overhead fan, screened windows and doors, and an attached bathroom. Solar or electric heated water for bathing is available.

Sincere seekers will certainly experience the extraordinary, tangible peace which permeates the Ashram, and will do well when making the best use of this Divine Presence in order to realize the spiritual truths taught and lived by Bhagavan

No charges are levied for boarding and lodging; though voluntary donations are accepted

*Note: Any visitors coming to Tiruvannamalai to attend satsangs or meetings with one or more of the various gurus, teachers or for other reasons, and are not here for the sole purpose of deepening in their own experience and understanding of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi’s teachings, are requested to search for accommodation elsewhere.


South Indian vegetarian food is served to Ashram guests and invitees ONLY. Reverse-osmosis filtered drinking water is served in the Dining Hall during meal hours.


  • Bhagavan’s Jayanti : Bhagavan’s Birthday; includes elaborate abhishekam, pujas and special bhiksha, as done during Bhagavan’s lifetime.
  • Pongal : - Harvest Festival followed by Mattu Pongal, the Festival of Cows.
  • Maha Sivaratri : - The Great Night of Siva; includes elaborate abhishekam and pujas.
  • Sri Vidya Havan : - A full day homa to rededicate the Meru-Chakra of the Matrubhuteswara Shrine.
  • Bhagavan’s Aradhana : - The anniversary of Bhagavan's Mahanirvana with special abhishekam, puja and bhiksha.
  • Mahapuja : Observance of Bhagavan’s Mother's Mahasamadhi.
  • Guru (or Vyasa) Poornima : - On this day, devotees specially revere their Guru, whether embodied or absorbed in Brahman.
  • Advent : - Celebrates Bhagavan’s arrival at Arunachala on this day in 1896.
  • Navaratri : - A 'Nine-Nights’ festival in adoration of the Divine Mother, which includes beautiful daily floral decorations of the Deity depicting her various aspects, and culminates with a procession around the Ashram’s temple complex on Vijayadasami, the tenth day.
  • Kartikai Deepam : - This spectacular ten-day festival is the unique glory of Tiruvannamalai. Large temple chariots are pulled by the population through the streets around the Arunachaleswara Temple. At 6 pm on the full moon day, the great Deepam atop Arunachala is lit and is visible for many miles around. It is kept burning with ghee-offerings for as long as the supplies last.

Please see our website for corresponding dates, photos and for more detailed information about these events.


Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai, is devoted to the sole purpose of maintaining and preserving Bhagavan's teachings and legacy. Over the years there have been devotees who have started centres around the world to help in spreading his teachings. These centres are run by sincere Bhagavan devotees for conducting exclusively Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi’s satsangs and for celebrating his special days and important events. Today, there are Ramana Satsang Groups* spread across India and other parts of Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America. To continue the spiritual experience, you can join fellow Ramana devotees at the local satsang group in your area. 

*A Ramana Satsang is a group of devotees of Sri Ramana Maharshi who gather together solely to strengthen their experience of the presence of Bhagavan, deepen their understanding of his teachings, and receive inspiration from fellow seekers on the path of practice as taught and lived by Bhagavan.





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