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vengateshs

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Ramanasramam visit
« on: August 08, 2011, 05:29:34 PM »
Hello Friends,

I am visiting Tiruvannamalai coming saturday/sunday for the first time.
Saturday evening to Sunday noon, I am planning to spend time on ramanasramam.
It will be a great help if you can give ideas like how best to spend time on the things in and around ashram.
 
-vengatesh

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Re: Ramanasramam visit
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2011, 05:53:36 PM »


Dear friend,

If you are arriving in T'malai say by 6 am., then you can straightaway
to Ramaneswara Mahalingam Temple [Samdahi Hall] and see the
early morning brief puja and then take a little milk that is given as prasada.
From there you can go to dining hall and have your coffee and breakfast.
It will be over by 7.30 am. Thereafter you will be free to do any one or
more of the following things:

1. Visiting Arunachaleswara Temple. Going around the temple in detail
will take about 2 hours. Then you can return to Asramam.

2. Or you can get into the book depot and browse and select books.

3. Or go into the meditation hall [Old Hall ] and meditate one or more
hours.

Then around 11.30 am they will provide South Indian lunch. After taking
lunch, you can return to the guest room or the hotel and stay till 2.30 PM.
Around 2.30 PM, the Samadhi Hall will be opened and you can go in there
and meditate or do some chanting silently.  Around 3.55 Pm, the bell will
ring for tea/milk which you can take. After tea, you can come to Samadhi
Hall and listen to book reading, in Tamizh and in English upto 4.50 PM.
They will themselves provide books for following the reading.

At 5.00 Pm, elaborate puja will start in Samadhi Hall for Ramaneswara
Mahalingam and in between you can also go to the Mother's temple adjacent
to it and watch some pujas there. You can also sit in Mother's Temple and do
meditation. The evening puja will be over by 6.00 pm sharp. Thereafter there
will be group chanting of Tamizh songs of Sri Bhagavan from 6.20 to 7.00 pm.
Around 7.30 there will be dinner.

On day 2, if you want you can do giri pradkashina, which will take about three
hours. You  have to start at least around 5,00 am and complete it by 8.00 am.
You may have to skip the breakfast and join only the lunch since breakfast
 will be over by 7.30 am.           
 


Arunachala Siva.   
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Re: Ramanasramam visit
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2011, 06:24:56 PM »
Thank you Subramanian.R

I just found coming saturday to be a full-moon day so planning giri dakshina on sat night. Sunday morning, i will be spending time in ashram. Thanks again for the information you have given.

-vengatesh

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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2011, 07:04:16 PM »


Dear Vengatesh,

Yes. On a full moon night, one can go for giripradkashina without any
anxiety, since there will be large crowds coming for the same. However,
you have to move inch by inch due to crowd and this may take a little
more time than usual.  As otherwise, it is fine.



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Re: Ramanasramam visit
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2011, 11:33:03 AM »
Namaste,

Next week I will be in Tirunnamalai for three week (by the Grace of Bhagavan) and unfortunately there will not full moon, but there will be the Janmashtami August 22, and ganesh Chaturthi 1 September.

I would like to know if these auspicious day there are some giripradkashina?

Thanks and Namaste

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« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2011, 11:46:53 AM »


Dear Vishnave,

All days and all nights are auspicious for girivalam. The full moon is
the most auspicious. But any visitor cannot always choose a full moon
day.  Each day is good and will confer the same benefits.



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Re: Ramanasramam visit
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2011, 12:28:53 PM »
Dear Subramanian.R

Thanks for your answer, but what I means if during these special days there are, like a full moon day, a large crowds to do giripradkashina without any anxiety,

Again thanks

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« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2011, 03:17:25 PM »


Dear Vishnave,

There will not be any large crowds, because people will be making
preparations for Janmashtami or Ganesh Chaturthi and they will
not prefer girivalam on that day.  The outstation visitors will also be
less, because they all will be celebrating festivals in their homes.



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Re: Ramanasramam visit
« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2011, 04:56:27 PM »
Dear Sir,

Giri Pradakshina means only the outer road you refer right?

And do you mean to say that in full moon days, there will be very huge crowds that it will be almost like a queue moving around?

And what is the starting point and ending point for Giri Pradakshina?

I have never done this.  Only I have gone to Virupaksha cave and sometime planning to alight the full hill using one person who assist people and accompany them with professional charges.

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« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2011, 05:10:53 PM »


Dear Krishna,

Nowadays it is permitted only to use the outer road which is metalled.
The inner forest road and the most inner route that skirts the Hill
is not used. The crowds will be heavy in the sense, that they will
all walk side by side  in slow pace. Not a queue as it is.  There will
be some space between two horizontal batches.

The Giripradkashina can be started from Temple and completed in
Temple . Or from Sri Ramanasramam to Sri Ramanasramam.



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Re: Ramanasramam visit
« Reply #10 on: August 16, 2011, 01:06:20 PM »
As planned, I visited tiruvannamalai last weekend and did giri pradakshina on full-moon. The crowd was huge for giri prasakshina.
Also visited ramanasramam, seshadri swamigal ashram and the temple.

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« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2011, 01:39:58 PM »


Dear Vengatesh,

I am happy that you had a successful visit to Tiruvannamalai, did
giri valam and also had good darshan of Sri Bhagavan and Seshdri
Swamigal Ashram. During Seshadri Swamigal's samadhi functions,
Sri Bhagavan instructed his devotees how to build a samadhi as per
Tirumoolar's Tirumandiram. He also went and stayed for full six
hours of the function.



Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Ramanasramam visit
« Reply #12 on: August 16, 2011, 06:08:36 PM »
Dear Subramanian.R,

what are the significances of building a samadhi properly as per the instructions ?

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« Reply #13 on: August 16, 2011, 07:04:16 PM »


Dear Vengatesh,

Tirumoolar's Tirumandiram, a book of 3000 poems deals with many
things, one being building a Samadhi and maintenance of it. The verses
are cryptic and this is the only poetry version available and so every
Math follows it.

Tirumoolar says, about the depth, length and breadth of samadhis.
He also tells what sort of place should be chosen. How the preliminary
purificatory ceremonies should be done etc. etc., If this is not followed
Samadhi will emanate negative powers and will cause damage to
kings [in the olden days], subjects and the land [without crops not
growing properly etc.,] and rains failing and famine will break out.



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Re: Ramanasramam visit
« Reply #14 on: August 16, 2011, 11:36:19 PM »
Dear Subramanian.R,

Thanks for the reply!

-vengatesh