Tour of Sri Ramanasramam - Photos 17 & 18
These photographs were taken inside the Samadhi Hall. The first is taken from the main entrance, and shows Bhagavan's Shrine and the granite fence erected around it. Devotees can be seen going around the shrine at most times of the day. The Old Hall, Dining Hall, Ashram Dispensary and accommodation blocks are through the doorway seen to the right. Sri Mathrubhuteshawara Temple is through the door to the left.
The second photograph was taken inside the Samadhi Hall from beside the shrine and next to the doorway leading out to the Old Hall, dining room, etc. In the background you can see the main entrance from where the previous photograph was taken.
Most devotees gather in this hall at 6.45am for the morning Tamil parayana and milk offering at the shrine, before going to breakfast in the dining hall at 7.00am. They also gather here during weekday and Saturday evenings at 6.30pm for the 45 minute Tamil parayana, before taking dinner at 7.30pm
The second photograph is a close-up of Bhagavan's samadhi, where most of the daily pujas are performed by the ashram priests.
The black columns are carved from single pieces of grey stone found on Arunachala, but which turns jet black with polishing. The 'Old Hall' or 'Meditation Hall' can be seen through the window visible in the background. Hand coloured transparencies of Bhagavan can be seen on the wall to the rear of the shrine.
The couch is carved from a single piece of stone and is polished until it turns black. This is a remarkable piece of craftmanship and the photograph does not do justice to the skill of the mason.