Ramana Maharishi (1879 –1950) was an Indian sage. His original name was Venkataraman, but he is popularly known by the name Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharishi.
He was born in Tiruchuli, Tamil Nadu, India. At the age of 16, he identified with Shiva. After some time, he went to Tiruvannamalai, where he became a Sanyasi, and remained there for the rest of his life.
He was soon attracted by the devotees who regarded him as an avatar. Ramana Maharshi recommended bhakti and self realization for his devotees.
After arriving in Tiruvannamalai, Maharishi went to the temple of Arunachaleswara and deeply meditated in the temple. Seshadri Swamigal, a popular saint of Tiruvannamalai, protected him.
From 1922 to 1950,Ramana lived in Sri Ramanasramam. In Sri Ramanasramam a library, hospital, post-office and many other facilities were formed. Sri Ramana led a simple life. Ramana was very active in Ashram activities such as cooking and stitching leaf plates.
He died on 14 April 1950 at 8:47 p.m. At the same time a star was seen in the sky. It shows that he has merged with Lord Arunachala.
Ramana Maharshi is regarded by many as a divine avatar.He was a famous person, and attracted many devotees. Some of Ramana Maharshi’s devotees regarded him to be as Dakshinamurthy (A Form of Lord Shiva).
Ramana Maharshi provided spiritual teachings by giving darshan, and sitting silently together with devotees and visitors, but also by answering the questions raised by those who sought him out.
Sri Ramana Maharishi, a great saint of Tiruvannamalai, and also a great devotee of Lord Shiva, gives us liberation (MOKSHA). Many number of people are visiting his ashram at Tiruvannamalai, which is situated in the Girivalam path. We can observe a deep silence inside his ashram. Many foreigners are staying there and worshipping him for getting peace of mind. We can get a great pleasure and a relief in our mind and freedom from tensions and problems in our daily activities. It is a must to visit his ashram at Tiruvannamalai, and to get peace of mind and be blessed.
Let us chant his holy name and be happy for ever.
“OM SREE BHAGAWAN RAMANA MAHARISHIYE NAMAHA”
“OM SREE ARUNACHALESWARARE NAMAHA”
“OM NAMAH SHIVAYA”