ABOUT RAMESWARAM

Rameshwaram

Rameswaram is as ancient as Ramayana. This place was noted in Ramayana. Devotees hailed Rameswaram as the Varanasi of the south. This island people Trust Sea for their living. It is treated as a holy place, devotees bathe in the sea and bathing gate is popular there. Rameswaram is known for its long corridors and towers and 36 theerthams. Veranda is 197metres long south to north. The temple is facing the east. The sea is just 100metres away from the entrance of the temple. Sea is very calm, that water is considered scared.

It is situated in the Gulf of Mannar at the very tip of the Indian peninsula. According to legends, this is the place from where Lord Rama, built a bridge Ram Setu(also known as Adam's Bridge) across the sea to Lanka to rescue his consort Sita, from her abductor, Ravana. This is also the place where Rama worshipped Shiva to be absolved of the sin of killing Ravana, hence the name of Shiva, which became the name of the town - Rameswara ("lord of Rama"). Both the Vaishnavites and Shaivites visit this pilgrimage centre which is known as the Varanasi of the south.

Agnitheertham: Located close to the Ramanathaswamy Temple is Agnitheertham, a place where Lord Rama worshipped Shiva to absolve his sins of killing a Brahmin. The beach of Agnitheertham is very clam and is ideal for swimming.

The Five-faced Hanuman Temple: Located 2 km from the main temple the Five-faced Hanuman Temple houses the idols of Lord Ram, Sita and Hanuman that were brought from Dhanushkodi during the 1964 cyclone. The floating stone, used to build the Sethu Bandanam or the bridge between India and Lanka can be found in this temple.

Pamban Road Bridge: An engineering marvel that took 14 years to complete, the Pamban Road Bridge is designed like a bow over the sea to allow ships to pass beneath it. The bridge is 2.34 km. long, with a clearance of 24.4 m. and it is supported by 79 pillars, 64 of which are built in the sea. The bridge connects Rameswaram with mainland India and is also known as Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge.

Dhanushkodi: Located some 16 km from Rameswaram is Dhanushkodi. The place is named after Lord Ram's bow. The boulders located nearby are said to be the ones from the bridge that was built over the sea to cross over to Lanka (Present day Sri Lanka). It is also believed that Vibishana, the brother of Ravana met Lord Ram at this very place. The Kothandaraswamy Temple located nearby is the only structure that survived the wrath of cyclone that hit the area in 1964. The temple houses the idols of Rama, Sita, Lakshman, Hanuman and Vibishana.

Rama Temple: This is one of the five temples in Rameswaram town visited by every pilgrim. It has beautifully sculpted murtis of Lord Sri Rama, Lakshmana, Sita and Hanuman in its sanctum. Devotees throng the temple on Sri Rama Navami day every year, Rama's birthday anniversary.

AttitudeSea Level
Area 61.8 sq
Temperature23 c -31 c
Summer 26.4 c 35.6 c
Winter14.7 c -24.2 c
Rain fall46.3 mm
Best time to visitThroughout the year
ClothingCottons all year round
LanguagesTamil, English, hindi
Nearest Railway Rameswaram o km
Nearest Railway Madurai 180 kms
Nearest AirportMadurai 180 kms
Places to visitRamanathaswamy Temple, The Five-faced Hanuman Temple:, Agnitheertham: Pamban Road Bridge, Dhanushkodi: Rama Temple.

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