A HOLY TOWN
Thiruvannamalai, one of the most affluent and unspoilt unique location with an exceptionally good quality of spiritual life, has access to Chennai, Bangalore, Pondicherry, Trichy,at an equidistance of 180 kms. A lively, affordable, friendly city, is famous for its spiritual aura. We search for the secrets of life, all through our life. Those who have seen and experienced the Arunachala Hill, have found that its presence is all pervasive and revealing. Arunachala, the Mountain of Light, the Mountain without Beginning or End, the Mountain of Bliss, believed to be the physical embodiment of the great Dakshinamurthi, the Lord shiva, in his benign avatar of Guru.
There is an antiquity of deep Mysticism which precedent, a popular parable, that people attain Mukthi (self-realization) by merely thinking of this town, as there is a galaxy of temples and ashrams, which helps to learn the secrets of life in the spiritual way, It is recorded that there are many as 360 Thirthas and 400 Lingams in the eight mile circuit of this sacred hill.
Around the hill are many hermitages inhabited by holy Personages of supreme spiritual eminence. Like how the birds are attracted by the trees which have fruits, many saints are attracted by Annamalai.
Ramana Maharishi is unique kind of saint who is appropriate for the 20th century. Unlike the traditional hindu saints Ramana is oriented in 'Who Am I?' teaching. He attained Nirvana and showed the way as Self-enquiry for self realization.
The holy place also attracts a sizable foreigners all through the year from places like USA,UK,France, Germany and many more. The historical places and picnic spots around the town, add lustre to the pilgrim centre. The people at Tiruvannamalai have a well-deserved reputation for friendliness and hospitality, so it's easy to feel at home here.
It is a spiritual journey, not a destination.