Sri Ramana Maharshi Jayanti, the birth anniversary of Sri Ramana Maharshi, is held on Arudra Darisanam day in Thiruvannamalai Sri Ramana Ashram in Tamil Nadu. In 2012, Ramana Maharshi Jayanti date is January 8. In Gregorian English calendar, Ramana Jayanti date was December 30, 2011. In 2011, the 132nd Jayanti of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi (132nd Birth Anniversary of Sri Ramana Maharshi) is celebrated in Thiruvannamalai Ramana Ashram.
Sri Ramana Maharshi (Venkataraman Iyer), was a Maha Jnani (Hindu spiritual master), who distributed the essence of Hinduism and the devotional spirit to the world from for more than 50 years. Born on December 30, 1879 in a Tamil Brahmin family in Tiruchuli of Tamil Nadu, Ramana Maharshi has passed into Parinirvana (Mahasamadhi) on April 14, 1950.
Throughout his life, Sri Ramana Maharshi had thrown the light on the divine spirit of Hindu scriptures and Hindu way of living. Though his primary teaching is associated with Advaita Vedanta and Jnana Yoga, Bhagavan Ramana recommended Bhakti (devotion) to his devotees and disciples.