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Rameswaram

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Rameswaram

Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple:

Located close to the sea on the eastern part of the island, the Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple is one of the most visited temples in the entire South India. The temple is an artistic marvel and its grand corridors are flanked by huge carved pillars on either side. The temple contains the longest corridor in the world, 197 m in length from east to west and 133 m wide from north to south. A beautifully adorned gopuram is present in the temple, which is almost 38.4 m tall. The construction of the temple was handled by different rulers, at various periods, beginning from the 12th century. The Spadikalingam, presented by the Shankaracharya to the temple, is worshipped for an hour daily in the morning.

 

Agniteertham:

Close to Ramanathaswamy Temple is another pilgrim place, Agniteertham. There is a big lake in this pilgrim place and 22 wells. Taking a bath in these waters is said to wash away all sins. Pilgrims offer prayers to honour their ancestors at the site. The twenty two wells present at this place is said to have various purgation powers. Water of each well is different as some sweet, some salty, some cold and some warm. The waters here also have some medicinal properties.

 

Gandamadana Parvatham:

A hillock located about 3 km away from Rameswaram, the Gandamadana Parvatham is the highest peak of the island. The imprint of Lord Rama’s feet can be seen here at the Ramatheertham temple located on this hillock. This place presents a panoramic view of the entire region of Rameswaram. A temple dedicated to Sugreevar is also located on the way to the hill.

 

Jada Teertham:

Located on the outskirts of Rameswaram, the Jada Teertham is believed to be the place where Lord Rama worshipped Sri Ramalinga, on his way back from Sri Lanka, after slaying Ravana. Lord Rama washed his hair in the Jada Teertham in order to purify himself.

 

Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge:

Also called the Pamban Bridge, it connects Rameswaram island with the mainland. The longest sea bridge in India, it boasts of almost 2.2 km. The bridge was constructed with considerable elevation. Tourists can view the nearby islands and the rail bridge lying parallel from this bridge.

 

Badrakaliamman Temple:

The temple, dedicated to Devi Durga, is located almost 2 km from Rameswaram on the way to the Gandamadana Parvatham.

 

Satchi Hanuman Temple:

This temple is believed to have been built on the spot where Hanuman delivered the good news of locating Sita to Lord Rama as he found an evidence in the form of the Choodamani or jewel of Sita.

 

The Five-faced Hanuman Temple:

Located 2 km from the main temple, there is an idol of Hanuman here. A floating stone which was used to construct the bridge between India and Lanka is housed within the temple.

 

Kothandaraswamy Temple:

Located just 12 km away from the city of Rameswaram, this temple is equally important as other temples in Rameswaram area,  as it is believed that at this site Vibhisana, brother of Ravana, surrendered before Lord Rama. The temple is surrounded by Indian ocean on all sides.

 

Nambu Nayagiamman Temple:

Greatly revered by the people of Ramnad district, the temple is located about 8 km from the main temple in Rameswaram.

 

Villoondi Teertham:

The Villoondi Teertham is situated just 7 km away from the main temple on the way to Pamban.

 

Dhanushkodi Temple:

A scenic temple on the southern edge of the country. The area was washed away by the cyclone several years back. The location of the temple is unique as it is like an island surrounded by water on all sides. Devotees of Lord Rama come to this temple to worship him.

 

Lakshmana Teertham:

Built in memory of Lord Lakshman, this temple too holds a prime position in connection with Ramayana.