Sri Ramana Ashram

Meditation in Tiruvannamalai

This tranquil ashram, 2km southwest of Tiruvannamalai centre amid green, peacock-filled grounds, draws devotees of Sri Ramana Maharshi, one of the first Hindu gurus to gain an international following; he died here in 1950 after half a century in contemplation. Visitors can meditate and attend daily pujas (prayers) and chantings, mostly in the samadhi hall (closed 12.30pm to 2pm), where the guru's body is enshrined.

A limited amount of free accommodation (donations accepted) is available for devotees only: email a month ahead or write six weeks in advance.