Ramana Maharshi was born in 1879. There is a small village, thirty
miles from Madurai, in Tamilnadu. The name of the village is Tiruchuli. The village has a
small temple. In a house close to the temple lived a couple called Sundaram Iyer and
Alagammal. They were an ideal couple.
Both the husband and the wife were God - fearing and kind hearted.
The couple had three sons. Venkata- ramana was the second among them. He was born on
December 30. It was the day of the Jatra (the Village Community Festival). There was
nothing remarkable in the early life of Venkataramana. He grew up like other boys. His
elementary education was completed in the village school. When he was twelve years old,
his father Sundaram Iyer passed away. Alagammal had to leave the village, go to Madurai
with her children, and live with Subba Iyer, brother of Sundaram Iyer. Venkataramana
joined the Mission High School and continued his education.
Venkataramana showed no interest in the lessons. He was very lazy. It used to be a task
for his mother to send him to school each day. But the boy kept radiant health. His
classmates were afraid of him. He was very strong. One interesting thing about him was his
deep slumber. He used to sleep so soundly that he would not be awakened even by any thing
his friends did to him -if they beat him or carried him to some other place and left him
the he would not wake up. He was fitting nick named 'Kumbhakarna' (brother Ravana, the
King of the Rakshasas in to 'Ramayana'; Kumbhakarna slept sound for months).