Sri Ramana Maharshi's Ashram is situated 2 km southwest of Tiruvannamalai on the road to or from Bangalore. A calling took him to Arunachala Mountain at the age of seventeen.
The year before, at the age of sixteen he had experienced his awakening:
"September 1th 1896 he got of the train in Tiruvannamalai. With quick steps, his heart throbbing with joy, he hastened straight to the great Shiva Temple. The gates and all the doors, even to the inner shrine stood open and he entered the shrine alone and stood before his Father Arunachaleswara. There in the bliss of the union, the quest was achieved and the journey ended."
Ramana Maharshi spent years in meditation in the Virupaksha cave, before the Ashram, at the foot of the Arunachala hill, was established. Sri Ramana Marharshi died in 1950 after more than 50 years in deep contemplation at his home at Arunachala Mountain.
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