Reached Tiruvannamalai around 6-30 pm. Sri Ramanasramam is buzzing with devotees. The car park is full up.
After Darshan and Pradakshina of Mathrubhutheshwara shrine (Mother), came to the Ramaneshwara Mahalinga shrine. The Tamil Parayana was just complete. The first Kaala puja was getting over…
Making my way through the throng of devotees, I manage to hand over a small paper packet containing a few leaf-sets from the Mahavilvam tree that I planted at my home. I had got the sapling from Ramanasramam some years ago. The sapling has now grown into a young tree. And today is the first time I have plucked a leaf from the tree. For offering to Siva. So I hand over the leafsets to a priest who is chanting the Veda. He goes and hands it over to the chief priest who is just about to complete the decoration of Ramana Siva Lingam. That priest takes a leafset and places it on the Holy Linga, and then puts the metal crown on top. I feel very blessed.
Walking around I meet the devotees, the Ashram President, and others. All are in a mood of absorption. After Uppuma dinner, I come back to the main hall. Do a pradakshina of the main shrine.
And as I walk out of the hall, I notice Sri Nochur Venkatraman, sitting near the side door, on the ground. He sees me and smiles. He looks in complete joy. He is evidently absorbed in some Japa. So we dont speak. Just exchange smiles, and I bow to him, and walk on.
Back to my room in Morvi guest house. Stepping out f0r Giri Pradakshina – Walk around Siva.
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya!
Gentle, slow, sonorous chants of “Om Nama Sivaya” from the big Arunachaleshwara temple!
Happy Sivaratri to all!