Pachai-amman koil, Tiruvannamalai

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi stayed in Pachaiamman koil for six months in 1905, and then again for three months in 1908. In 1905, the town was ravaged by plague, and all the people had been evacuated from there. During that period, Bhagavan stayed in Pachaiamman temple, the abidance of the “Green Goddess”.

Of this Goddess, the Maharshi has said: “Pachai means emerald color. When Parvati came to Gautamashrama to perform austerities and appease Ishvara, her form was of emerald color…” . Pachai -> Emerald color, Amman -> Goddess. Like Meenakshi Amman of Madurai, the place where young Ramana attained Self-Knowledge…

Here’s a picture of the front of the temple.


The temple is the abidance of Goddess Pachaiamman and her consort Mannarswami. Several other village deities are also seen in the open….


From the temple courtyard, one gets a glimpse of one of the hills of Arunachala.


Many memories of Bhagavan’s stay here….

It was here that Kavyakanta Ganapati muni saw a throbbing light come down from the sky  and touch Ramana’s head six times. Which made the Muni realize and proclaim that Sri Ramana  was an avatara of Subrahmanya. It was here that Bhagavan had that tattered  cod-piece – the cloth with a thousand holes, which was immortalized in poetry by Muruganar as “Indra” for Indra has a thousand eyes. It was here that the devotee Rangaswami Iyengar was frightened more than once, by the approach of a tiger and leopard. When Bhagavan was once sitting near the tank attached to the temple, a tiger came, drank some water, looked at Bhagavan, roamed around for some time and went away. And all this while Rangaswami Iyengar, was watching with great fear, from the inside of the temple… Below, is a picture of that temple tank, as seen now…


It was here that a group of monkeys brought a dead monkey and cried to Bhagavan. The dead monkey had been killed by the sling shot of a contractor who was harvesting tamarind from the trees here, and was scaring away the monkeys by shooting stones from a sling….

Many memories….

Here’s a quick picture tour of some parts of this holy place…

Images of animals, in the courtyard. A dog, ponies, horse, elephant…


Some interesting Vahana (vehicles)….

Below is a picture of Kamadhenu…

And here is a picture of Hamsa (swan) vahana.


One more picture of the temple… The Go-shala, inside…


Getting back to Ramansramam from Pachaiamman koil…

Signing off this post with a picture from Ramanasramam, that says – “Right… where do we go next?”


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6 Responses to “Pachai-amman koil, Tiruvannamalai”

  1. vpk Says:

    absolutely lovely…..

  2. Radhakrishnan/Posty Says:

    Always enjoy your writing. A nuanced feel that allows a reader to draw conclusions rather than imposing a view. Keep this going.

  3. G.L.N.Murthy Says:

    Dear kameshji, Thanks for ur beutiful pictorial depiction of the Pacchaimman temple where Lord Shanmukha’s incornation as Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi was clearly identified by none other than the Kavyavantha Vasishta Ganapati Muni,being himself an incornation of Dunti Ganapathi.In this connection I would like to add that Bhagavan Ramana carried Vasishta Mahadeva sastri(8years),son of Kavykantha,on his back and swam accross the temple Tank and the boy was hitting on the Baghavan’s back crying go on go on in a rider’s jargon. Bhagavan feared that both the boy and himself would drown in the Tank.When this was narrated to Suri Nagamma,she said to Bhagavan ” For the Mahatmas who are capable of delivering the people from the Samsara Sagara this will not be counted at all.Nayana and Bhagavan used to have competiition in swimming in Pandava theertham.Refer Letter no 207 of Sri Ramanashrama Lekhalu by Suri Nagamma-Murthy

  4. Ravi Chandhiramouli Says:

    Read several times with tears Kamesh. I have always been attracted to this temple and in fact have a small chip of the rock behind the temple. This chip is shaped like Arunachala and is not all that small. It is about 8 inches at the base and about 4 inches in height and trust me, it shines and sparkles as though made of gold. A favourite place in Thiruvannamalai.

  5. Sankarasubramanian Says:

    Many thanks Sri. GK for this spiritual journey. Namaskarams

  6. Uma Subu Says:

    Dear Sir,
    I am Uma Subu from Abu Dhabi. Your write-up about the tallest Hanuman Sculptures – Adhi Vyadhi Harana Anjaneyar in Nanganallur (we are fortunate, we belong to this place and visit this temple during every holidays for the past 15 years now), Allangudi and Puducherry were quite informative. In fact, we are planning to visit Thiruvannamalai in our upcoming summer holidays. Just counting days…… visit this holy land…Ramanshram etc.. We will make a point to visit Pacchai amman kovil also in our temple trip.

    We wish Good-luck and all the best to you.

    Uma Subu.

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