About Us

About Ashram

Arunachala, the holy mountain in Tiruvannamalai has been drawing sages, saints and seekers of Truth since time immemorial. Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi made Arunachala his abode in 1896 and until his Maha Nirvana in 1950, never left the precincts of this place. Like Arunachala, Bhagavan Ramana too draws seekers from all the nooks and corners of the world and by his benign Grace guides them to the Truth.

Sri Ramaswamy Pillai, an old devotee of Bhagavan insisted Swami Hamsananda to start an Ashram for seekers and sadhus. His repeated requests and prayers to Bhagavan were instrumental in forming the Ashram.

Sri Madan K. Kamat, a devotee of Bhagavan, donated land and constructed a building for sadhus and spiritual aspirants. Taking cue from him, other devotees have joined in building cottages. A group of seekers have joined hands to serve the Ashram and to help achieve its objectives.



Swami Hamsananda was drawn to Arunachala by the Grace of Bhagavan in 1975. He had association with many old devotees of Bhagavan. These devotees of Bhagavan prompted Swamiji to guide spiritual seekers in their Sadhana and to teach them the works of Bhagavan.


Maathaji Sowmiya was nurtured by His Holiness Sri Mahaperiyava of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam. While doing her M.D.S., she responded to the Divine call of Bhagavan and came to Tiruvannamalai on September 14th, 1996 at the age of 24 and took the mantle of the Mathaji of the Ashram. Since then she is the driving force behind all the ashram activities. She is fondly called Amma by Sadhus and devotees.


Sri C. V. K. S. Raju, a civil engineer by profession, has held high positions in the Raasi Group and has led various business organizations to success. With the blessings of Kanchi Paramacharya, he has been instrumental in constructing and renovating temples. Drawn by Arunachala, he settled at Tiruvannamalai in 2001. On becoming a trustee of Athithi Ashram, he freed himself from all his business responsibilities and currently plays a vital role in the day to day functioning of the Ashram.


Meditations – The Ramana Way

Meditation – The Ramana Way

It is translated into several Indian and foreign languages.


Bhagavan’s famous Tamil Work in praise of Lord Arunachaleshwara, Aksharamanamalai, is printed in this book with a brief explanation for each verse in Tamil.