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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).

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Ramana Maharshi - A Great Soul, who was full of compassion for all living being !
About Ramana Maharshi
You are Here! 'Kumbhakarna'
The Body Is Not'I'
The Boy Leaves Home
The Journey
The ship Reaches The Port
Meeting The Mother Again
The Family Grows
Mother And Father
The Ashram
Thieves There Too
Love For All Living Beings
Life In The Ashram
What Courage!
The Last Days
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