Thiruvannamalai   Festivals
 
Sri Ramana Maharshi (December 30, 1879 - April 14, 1950), born Venkataraman Iyer, was an Indian sage. He was born to a Tamil-speaking Brahmin family in Tiruchuzhi, Tamil Nadu. After having attained liberation at the age of 16, he left home for Arunachala, a mountain considered sacred by Hindus, at Tiruvannamalai, and lived there for the rest of his life. Arunachala is located in Tamil Nadu, South India. Although born a Brahmin, after having attained moksha he declared himself an “Atiasrami”, a Sastraic state of unattachment to anything in life and beyond all caste restrictions. Sri Ramana maintained that the purest form of his teachings was the powerful silence which radiated from his presence and quieted the minds of those attuned to it. He gave verbal teachings only for the benefit of those who could not understand his silence. His verbal teachings were said to flow from his direct experience of Consciousness as the only existing reality. When asked for advice, he recommended self-enquiry as the fastest path to moksha. Though his primary teaching is associated with Non-dualism, Advaita Vedanta, and Jnana yoga, he highly recommended Bhakti, and gave his approval to a variety of paths and practices.
 

 

 

Festivals in Tiruvannamalai

Karthigai Deepam : Annually many festivals are carried out in the temple. Some of the festivals are famous and important. The most famous festival is "Karthigai Deepam" and is celebrated in the month of November/December. This festival is celebrated for ten days. During the festival everyday in the morning and night 'Lord Arunachaleswara' will come for procession. In the morning 'Lord Chandrashekara' will come for procession. In the Night 'Lord Periya Nayagar' will come for the procession. The smiling face of the 'Periya Nayagar' steals the show.
 
Bhrammotsavams (10 day festivals):the most famous of which is the Karthikai Bhrammotsavam (in the Tamil month of Karthikai Nov - Dec).The Arudra Darisanam in the month of Margazhi (Dec. through Jan) is a celebration of the cosmic dance of Shiva.The Thai Poosam festival which occurs in the month of Thai (Jan to Feb.) is also of great significance.

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