Mystical Tiruvannamalai

Pilgrimage to Tiruvannamalai (4 days and 3 nights)

Pilgrimage Information

Overview

Description

Tiruvannamalai, a holy town in Tamil Nadu, is renowned worldwide for Arunachaleshwara Temple, which is located at the foothill of sacred Mount Arunachala. The temple is not only famous for its spiritual significance, but also for its architectural marvel. The place has always been blessed by numerous saints and houses many ashrams. Sri Ramana Maharshi, a realized saint of towering stature, lived here and taught the direct method of self-enquiry for the perception of truth. Seekers and devotees visit Sri Ramana Ashram, the spiritual hub of Tiruvannamalai for blessings and spiritual inspiration.

Mystical Tiruvannamalai is a 4 days and 3 nights pilgrimage to Tiruvannamalai. As part of this pilgrimage tour, we will be visiting all the major spiritual places in Tiruvannamalai which includes Arunachaleshwara Temple, Sri Ramana Ashram, Sri Seshadri Swami Ashram, Yogi Ramsuratkumar Ashram, Samadhi Temple of Sadhu Om, Virupaksha Cave and Skandashram. To experience the divine energy permeating the air of this holy town, one needs to spend some time and not be in a rush. Keeping this in mind, we have kept the pace of travel quite unhurried. During the daytime, we will visit the above-mentioned places and meditate. In the evening, we can also go for long, leisure walk around the town. Circumambulation of Mount Arunachala is considered sacred and can also be included in the itinerary on demand. Circumambulation involves covering a distance of 14 km and thus physical fitness and determination is required. Far from the madding crowd, if you want to be at a place where you can relax, contemplate and meditate deeply to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul, this pilgrimage tour is for you.

Itinerary

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Day One

We will receive you at Chennai Airport/Bangalore Airport and will proceed for Tiruvannamalai by road. Tiruvannamalai is four hour drive from Chennai and five hour drive from Bangalore. In Tiruvannamalai, you will check-in at the hotel. Day will be off for rest.

Day Two

Tiruvannamalai Pilgrimage TourSkanda Ashram

After breakfast, we will head for the two caves high up on the Arunachala hill namely Skanda Ashram and Virupaksha Cave where Ramana Maharshi had spent 23 years before moving down to the foot of the hill which is now known as Ramana Ashram. The peaceful ambiance of the cave instantly brings a calming effect on the visitors who reach there after a strenuous trek. Far from the noise and crowd of the town, this is an ideal place for sincere meditation practitioners. The path to the trek is through lush green surroundings and one gets an opportunity to have the panoramic view of the town. The full view of Big-Temple in its magnanimous spread is a spectacular scene. We will then go down the hill and head towards the hotel for lunch break.

Tiruvannamalai Pilgrimage TourSamadhi Shrine of Ramana Maharshi

After taking some rest in the afternoon, we will visit Ramana Ashram. At the ashram, you will have the opportunity to see the Samadhi Shrine of Ramana Maharshi, the site where he attained Mahasamadhi (left his mortal coil), and the Samadhi Shrine of his mother which is known as Matribhuteshwara Temple. We will then visit Seshadri Swami Ashram which is located besides Ramana Ashram. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the hotel. You can read about Sri Seshadri Swami and Yogi Ramsuratkumar on our website:

http://www.maitrepa.com/destinations/tiruvannamalai-ramana-maharshi/ 

Day Three

Tiruvannamalai Pilgrimage TourYogi Ramsuratkumar Ashram

Post breakfast, we will proceed to visit the ashram of Yogi Ramsuratkumar. The ashram of Yogi Ramsuratkumar is at a walkable distance from Ramana Ashram.  After spending some peaceful time there, we will visit the residence of Shiva Sakti Amma. She gives silent darshan for half an hour at the ground floor of her residence, where devotees usually gather and meditate in her presence. To know more about her, you can read on the following web link:
http://www.sivasakthiammaiyar.com/about_amma.html.

We will then visit the Samadhi Shrine of Sadhu Om. Sadhu Om was an ardent devotee of Ramana Maharshi. He was believed to have achieved illumination (Self-realization). He had major contribution towards editing and publishing of the literary works of Sri Murgunar (another ardent devotee of Ramana Maharshi), which were focused on the teachings of Ramana Maharshi. You can read more about Sadhu Om on the following web link:
http://bhagavan-ramana.org/muruganarandsadhuom.html.  

Post lunch, we will visit Big-Temple which is known as Arunachaleshwara Temple. The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Shiva. The temple is an architectural marvel and is located in the heart of the town. The temple is an inherent part of the local people’s lives and dwelling place of saints and sadhaks alike. The sprawling temple premise had also provided shelter to Ramana Maharshi when he had arrived in Tiruvannamalai from Madurai, just after his death experience. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the hotel.

Day Four

After breakfast, you will be driven to Chennai Airport/Bangalore Airport or any other drop point in Chennai or Bangalore.

Cost

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For a group of eight persons:

    • The travel cost per person on a sharing basis is Rs 13,500.
  • The travel cost per person on a single occupancy basis is Rs 16,600.

For a group of four persons:

    • The travel cost per person on a sharing basis is Rs 17,000.
  • The travel cost per person on a single occupancy basis is Rs 20,000.

To know the travel cost in your national currency, visit the website:

http://www.oanda.com/currency/converter

Cost includes:

  1. Cost of transport in an air-conditioned vehicle.
  2. Toll charges and interstate charges for the vehicle.
  3. Cost of accommodation at standard hotel with complimentary breakfast.
  4. English-speaking guide charges.

Cost excludes:

    1. Cost of lunch and any meal/ snacks/ drinks ordered at the hotel/restaurants apart from those mentioned in the inclusions.
    1. Expenses of personal nature like tips, laundry, phone calls etc.
  1. Anything apart from those mentioned in the inclusions.

Schedule

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There is no fixed day departure schedule for this pilgrimage. On demand, the pilgrimage to Tiruvannamalai can be organized at any time of the year.

pilgrimage to tiruvannamalai

pilgrimage to tiruvannamalai

pilgrimage to tiruvannamalai

Essential Info

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  • This part of South India is generally hot and dry for most of the year. Hence light cotton clothes are advised. It is not uncommon for mercury to shoot up to mid-forties between the months of March and May. Carrying umbrella and caps are very much advised.
  • Monsoon sets in this region between September and November, making the climate wet and moderate. The brief winter from December to January is pleasant.
  • We request women travellers from the western countries to give thoughtful consideration to the fact that the dress culture is on the conservative side in this part of the world and thus dress accordingly to avoid unwanted attention.

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