Tiruvannamalai on the next day. His joy knew no bounds. With great enthusiasm he ran
towards the temple of Arunachaleshwara. All the doors were open. There was no one in the
temple. His heart throbbing with, joys, the boy stood before Lord Arunachaleshwara.
So, Venkataramana's long journey came to an end. The ship had reached the port safely.
He became a sanyasi (a monk). He threw into the pond the little money he had with him
together with the sweets that the Bhagavathar's wife had given him. He thought, 'This body
died away, why make a fuss about it?' And so he did not bathe. He settled down in the
Soon some naughty boys began to tease him. As he sat in meditation, they used to throw
stones at him. To escape from them Venkataramana changed the place of his meditation to
the under-ground cellar. This cellar was called Pathalalinga. For some days he was there
without being troubled by the boys. But the naughty boys found out that place, too.
In the Arunachaleshwara temple, there was an aged sanyasin called Seshadri. Some people
though the was a mad man. He not only saw to it that Venkataramana was not teased by the
boys, but also under took to find food for him.
The meditation of the young sanyasin soon attracted the attention of the people. They
took it upon themselves to look after him. But, generally he never spoke to anybody. Not
that he had taken a vow of silence; 'the truth was that he had no desire to speak to any
one. When he was forced to speak, he said just what was absolutely necessary.