9 April 2011

Ramana Ashram Building Projects

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The first four photographs of the below sequence are of the very busy NH66 Chengham Road which runs from town directly passed Ramana Ashram. Over the last several years there has been a huge increase in traffic throughout Tiruvannamalai.

Work on two major Ramana Ashram building projects have recently commenced. One of the projects is the construction of a new library (to be known as the Sri Ramana Granthalaya) at the site between the Ashram dining hall and the back wall adjacent to the lower slopes of Arunachala (photographs to come).

The other Ramana Ashram building project is the major renovation of the Morvi Guest House compound.

The below photograph is of the entrance to the Morvi Guest House Compound.

Demolition of the previous cottages and rooms of the Compound has almost been completed.

A Ramana Ashram Bulletin explains the renovation of the Morvi Guest House thus:

“The Morvi Guest House project block will radically change what is one of the most important accommodation facilities of the ashram. Many of the present structures require major renovation due in particular, to the poor drainage facilities that have rendered quite a number of the ground floor rooms unusable during the monsoon season. It was decided to do a complete makeover rather than piecemeal restoration.

The historical central building will be preserved. The modules of the guest rooms will surround the heritage central block and create a buffer for free movement and circulation for devotees away from the increasingly noisier main road.

The rooms (of the new development) will be divided into three categories: 20 single occupancy rooms; 20 double occupancy rooms and 12 family cottages with living room and bedroom concept. With an open communal space it will instil a sense of community. The well will be preserved and there will be other services along with parking facilities. The entire block is set for completion by April 30th, 2012.”

Back of the Morvi Guest House

The Well

The Current Ramana Ashram Library
behind green curtain

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