Sri Ramana Ashram

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Lonely Planet review

This tranquil ashram, in green surrounds 2km southwest of the city centre, draws devotees of Sri Ramana Maharshi, one of the first Hindu gurus to gain an international following, who died here in 1950 after half a century in contemplation. Visitors can meditate or attend daily pujas and chantings, mostly in the samadhi hall where the guru's body is enshrined. A limited amount of free accommodation (donations accepted; maximum three days) is available: write at least a month ahead (email is acceptable).