Venkataramana boarded the train and sat in a corner. He had no
desire to speak with anybody. But a Maulvi Saheb who sat beside him began a conversation.
It was from him that Venkataramana learnt that it was possible to go upto Tiruvannamalai
by train. As he had already bought a ticket,this information was of no use to him. He was
hungry. He bought some fruits for half an anna and ate them.
Early next morning he reached Viluppuram station. He had decided to walk the distance
to Tiruvannamalai. He was very tired. He was hungry also. He entered a hotel on the way,
and asked -if food was ready. He had to wait a long time for food. After food, he paid two
annas to the owner of the hotel. But the owner asked him ho w many money ties had. The boy
answered, "Two and a half annas." Probably the owner felt sorry for him. He did
not take any money from him. He also listened to the boy's tale and suggested that it was
better to reach Tiruvannamalai by train. So Venkataramana walked again to Vilup- puram
station. With the money he had, he could travel upto Mambalapattu on the way. He bought a
ticket and continued the journey. He got down at Mambalapattu. He had no money and had to
continue the journey on fast. So he walked and walked, and by the, evening, he had covered
Venkataramana was tired because of the long walk. By evening he reached a village
called Arayininallur. There was a Shiva temple in the village. He entered the
village temple and fell into meditation. He had a vision of divine illumination.
The priest of the temple observed the boy in deep meditation. As he had to Iock the
door of the temple, he woke up the boy. The priest had to go to another temple at a. place
called Kilur, three miles away to offer worship there. Venkataramana followed him to
Kilur. He fell into mediator again in that temple. The priest woke him up after his
worship, and took him to the house of a Sastriji in the village.
As soon as Venkataramana reached the house, he fell down in an unconscious state. A few
minutes later, When he regained consciousness, a large number of people had gathered
around him. All eyes were fixed o ' n him in curiosity. He drank a little water and felt
revived. Sastriji served him food. After food he went to sleep.
Next morning he got up early. It was Krishna Janmastami day. Venkataramana was very
eager to continue the journey. But he had no money. Besides, he was very tired. So he
stopped in front of a house on the way.
The name of the owner of the house was Krishna Bhagavathar. Venkataramana, who was
hungry, asked for a morsel of food. The mistress of the house was a kind lady. She felt
happy and thought it a privilege to give food to a young sanyasin, and that too, on the
Krishnastami day. That afternoon, Venkataramana partook of a feast in the Bhagavathar's
He had to continue his journey. But he had no money. He took off his earrings, gave
them to the Bhagavathar, and requested him to keep them and give him four rupees. The
Bhagavathar who examined the ear-rings, decided they were worth at least twenty rupees. He
gave the boy four rupees, wrote out his own address on a piece of paper and gave it to
him. He said to Venkata ramana, "Come and take back your ear rings at any time."
The mistress of the house gave some sweets to the, boy, before he left. Venkataramana
continued his journey. He tore to pieces the paper on which the address of the Bhagavathar
was written, and threw them to the winds. He had no thought of taking back the earrings.