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This site is where worldwide friends of the sacred mountain Arunachala can communicate and help the effort to make it a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Arunachala is a mountain of great spiritual significance and power located in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu state, South India. It is extolled in ancient scriptures and was highly revered by the great sage Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi in the 20th century. Arunachala and the ashram of Ramana Maharshi (Sri Ramanasramam) located at its base are a pilgrimage site for many thousands of devotees worldwide.

To learn more about Arunachala, see http://www.sriramanamaharshi.org/arunachala.html or the Wikipedia article at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arunachala.

UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UNESCO for more information). The UNESCO World Heritage Site program designates places around the world as having some special cultural, physical, or religious significance. These sites are named as having outstanding importance to the common heritage of humanity. While each World Heritage Site remains part of the legal territory of the country wherein the site is located, UNESCO considers it in the interest of the international community to preserve each site.

Making Arunachala a World Heritage Site has many practical benefits in addition to the recognition of its importance to humanity, such as bringing attention to the need for preservation and conservation of the site. Once a site is declared a World Heritage Site, UNESCO can provide a variety of resources to help preserve its natural beauty.

In addition to posting comments on this site, please also contact the Chief Coordinator at peter.berking@gmail.com if you would like to volunteer to be involved in this effort.