People

Gopi and Chitra - With the teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi their life took a new meaning..  They left their Corporate Career in pursuit of Truth. Spending the early years with Swami Ananthananda and Swami Sahajananda they were inspired to create an Ashram and Sri Anantha Niketan was born.

The Beginning

A young lad was greatly affected on hearing the name Arunachala, when his uncle mentioned it. Is it a place on this earth, he exclaimed.  Ramana had heard his calling.  At the age of 17, he embraced the fear of death and realized his Immortal Self. Very soon he left home and reached Arunachala, also known as Tiruvannamalai in Tamilnadu.

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​Sri Anantha Niketan



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Surrender, Stillness and Silence at Thiruvannamalai

Dhandapaniji and JogeshjiFriends of Gopi and Chitra and this place has ​been their home from the beginning.  They have since moved to the neighborhood to be by themselves.  Their good wishes, and support is heartening.


Tanuja Lakshmi, Murali, Sadhu Kumarananda Tatha,  Maruthi, Rajaram, Venkatalakshmiand family were some of the early long term members and they have since moved on.

Gopi and Chitra met Sri John de Ruiter in January 2000 and recognizing him as their Sadguru and have spent considerable time with him in Canada in the following years.

​​Sri Anantha Niketan is supported by people from nearby village, some full time workers, and others are young volunteers and to all of them this is their second home.  They are: Daya, Nehru, Saravanan, Pavan, Elumalai, Deva, Arumugam, Anita, Amsavalli, Shobana, Nataraj, Silambarasan, Venkatesh, Alodian, Amulu, Sampath, Anjala, Uthara, Kumari, Damodaran, Manimegalai, Yasodha Patti, Dhobi Patti, Vaidehi, Shanthi, Vasanthi and many others!

Abode of Stillness, Silence & Surrender @ Tiruvannamalai
Chilakamma is devotee of Sri Ramana.  She came into Gopi and Chitra’s life about 10 years back and has since become their daughter.


Extolled by sages of the lore, the love of Arunachala is rekindled by the sage of our times Sri Ramana Maharshi.  A living example of simplicity, profound awareness and grace, Ramana beckons the hearts of those who look at him.  His love of the mountain is an invitation to look deeper and realize the unbounded grace of Arunachala.  To all his devotees the mountain is very precious bestowing supreme knowledge through stillness and silence.

Sri Anantha Niketan was blessed by the gracious visit of the living Jnani Sri John de Ruiter in January 2014. 

Sri Anantha Niketan, Peria Paliyapattu Village and PO, Tiruvannamalai - 606704, Tamilnadu.| ​ 

  |    ananthaniketan@gmail.com / gopi.chitra@yahoo.com

Love of Ramana Maharshi brought Gopi and Chitra to Thiruvannamalai and in 1999 Sri Anantha Niketan came into being.  Starting with a few simple thatched cottages the Ashram has now grown into a retreat center.

​​Facilities 

  • ​The Ashram is a place for introspection, self-enquiry and surrender. It facilitates individuals and group retreats. 
  • Green fields, lovely birds, trees and rocks make it easy to rest in the heart.
  • The accommodation is simple.There are several cottages/rooms, some bath attached and others with bathrooms nearby.  During retreats the rooms are shared. 
  • There is no running hot water.  
  • Vegetarian meals are served three times a day. 
  • ​Smoking and Alcohol is not permitted in the premises.