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This section will contain slide shows and photo features on topics related to Ramana Maharshi, Tiruvannamalai and Arunachala. I like old photos of these subjects and plan to add many pages of them to this section over the next few weeks.


Many of the photos in this section have been taken from the Ramanasramam archives. I should like to thank the President of Sri Ramanasramam for giving me permission to use them, and John Maynard of the archives for helping me to find them.


Here, to start the ball rolling, are four lovely old photos of Arunachala and Tiruvannamalai.


Top left: if the date on this is correct, this is the oldest known photo of Tiruvannamalai. It features the start of the Big Car procession during the Deepam festival of 1880. The photo appears to have been taken on the corner of Car Street and Tiruvoodal Street. The two lines of people are each holding a part of a long chain that wll be used to haul the chariot through the streets of the town.


Top right: the Big Car making its way down Big Street, probably in the 1930s.


Bottom left: a lovely early 20th century shot of the inside of the Arunachaleswarar Temple.


Bottom right: this may be the oldest known photo of the Arunachaleswarar Temple. It has appeared online with a date of 1890. The lack of buildings around the temple and the trees behind Pai Gopuram on the west side of the temple indicate that it is older than  other temple photos that have more buildings and fewer trees, or none at all.

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