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Rameswaram is a small island in the Gulf of Mannar, is a major pilgrim centre. It is connected to the mainland by road and railway bridges. Rameswaram is a holy place because Sri Rama, on his return from Sri Lanka, offered his thanks to Lord Shiva and performed pooja to wash away his sin in killing the Demon King, Ravana.
Rameswaram is known for its 22 theerthas or wells in and around the main temple. This place is equally sacred to both Vaishnavites and Shaivites. According to Hindu Mythology, if one visits Rameswaram and prays to Lord Shiva one will be relieved of one’s sins. It is 197 metres long.
The Ramanathaswamy temple is renowned for its magnificent corridors and massive sculptured pillars. The third corridor of Ramanathaswamy temple is the longest one in the world.
Places to visit:
Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple:
This temple situated near the sea on the eastern side of the island is renowned for its magnificent prakaras or corridors with massive sculptured pillars on either side. The longest corridor in the world is here and it is 197 metres long from East to West and is 133 metres wide from South-North. The temple has a Gopuram 38.4 metres tall. Different rulers built the temple as it stands today, at different periods from the 12th century A.D. Pooja is performed for an hour early morning daily to the Spadikalingam that was given by the Shankaracharya to this temple.
Sri Ramanathaswamy temple faces east. The seashore, about 100 metres from the main entrance of the temple, is very calm and therefore ideal for bathing. The water at this place is considered sacred and known as Agni theertham. Pilgrims perform poojas in honour of their ancestors at this seashore.
It is a hillock situated 3 kms away and is the highest point in the island. Here one can see the imprint of Lord Rama’s feet on a chakra. The entire island of Rameswaram is visible from this point.
It is situated on the way to Gandamadana Parvatham near the Doordarshan Kendra.
Satchi Hanuman Temple:
This temple is considered to be the place where Hanuman delivered the good news of finding Sita to Rama with satchi or evidence, Choodamani or the jewel that belonged to Sita. Situated 3 kms from the main temple, on the way to the Gandamadana Parvatham.
Badrakaliamman Temple: This is a temple for Devi Durga, situated 2 kms from the main temple on the way to the Gandamadana Parvatham.
The Five-faced Hanuman Temple:
This temple is 2 kms from the main temple, the deity of Hanuman drawn with senthooram. Idols of Lord Ram, Sita and Hanuman brought from Dhanushkodi during the 1964 cyclone were placed here. The floating stone, used to build the Sethu Bandanam or the bridge between India and Lanka can be found in this temple.
About 3.5 km from Rameswaram on the Dhanushkodi road. Legend has it that Lord Rama, on his way back after killing Ravana, Worshipped Sri Ramalinga (believed to be installed by him). Before doing so, he washed his hair (Jada) in this theertham to purify himself.
Nambu Nayagiamman Temple:
This temple is greatly venerated by the people of Ramnad District. It is situated 8 kms from the main temple in Rameswaram on the way to Dhanushkodi.
This temple is located 12 kms away from Rameswaram. A popular belief is that Vibishana, brother of Ravana, surrendered before Rama here.
The southern tip of the island, Dhanushkodi was completely washed away by the 1964 cyclone. Tourists can witness the remains of the devastated town. Tourists can do surfing here. On one side are the waters of the Indian Ocean and on the other the waters of the Bay of Bengal. The two seas otherwise known as Ratnakaran and Mahodadhi with their confluence is shaped like a bow while the strip of land resemble an arrow poised for release. Devout Hindus consider the Adi Sethu or the arrowhead, a sacred place to perform religious rites. It is also place worth visiting for its scenic beauty and bird life.
This Theertham is situated 7 kms from the main temple on the way to Pamban.
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge :
It is also known as the Pamban Bridge that connects the Rameswaram island with the main land. It is the longest sea bridge in India and its length is nearly 2.2 kms and stands as a fine example for Indian architecture. The bridge was constructed with sufficient elevation. The islands near by and parallel rail bridge below can be viewed from this bridge.
This island can be seen off the main land of Ramanathapuram in the Gulf of Mannar. It is a Marine Biosphere, a paradise for the Marine Biologists and Nature lovers. Marine wealth abounds here and this attracts many a scholar and researcher to this Island. It is about 4 kms from Mandapam. The Fisheries Department gives permission to visit this Island. Off Kurusadai Island one can see plenty of coral reefs, and marine life such as the dolphins and sea cows or the Dugong. There is much potential here for eco-tourism, scholars and ecologists.
Places nearby Rameshwaram:
Devipattinam: (70 kms)
Also known as Navabashanam, this coastal Village has a temple dedicated to Devi who is said to have killed the demon Mahishasura at this spot. It is said that Rama calmed the sea at this coastal village to install nine stones representing the Navagrahas or the nine planets. The Hindus perform religious rites for the forefathers here.
Uthirakosamangai (72 kms)
It is an ancient Shiva Temple here, where the deity here is carved in Emerald. The annual Arudhra Festival in December attracts a large number of devotees. The famous Shaivite saint Manickavasagar sang in praise of this temple as the first place where Lord Shiva was consecrated. The rare life-size 1.83 metres tall, emerald Nataraja statue that remains covered in sandal paste throughout the year is unveiled for just one day in December on the Arudhra darshanam day. To witness this sacred event, thousands for pilgrims come from all over the country.
The temple tower soars into the sky in all its grandeur. The broad pathways and arcades, the tanks and other structures inside the temple compound take you back in time.
Munnar has a legacy of its own when it comes to the origins and evolution of tea plantations. Taking account of this legacy and to preserve and showcase some of the exquisite and interesting aspects on the genesis and growth of tea plantations in Kerala's high ranges, a museum exclusively for tea was opened some years ago by Tata Tea in Munnar. This Tea Museum houses curios, photographs and machineries; all of which have a story to tell on the origins and growth of tea plantations in Munnar. The museum is located at the Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea in Munnar and is worth a visit.
Rameswaram has a tropical climate and can be visited any time of the year. But the best time to visit is from October to April.
- Take extra care of your belongings
- Remember to dress appropriately
- No hard drinks
- No Non-vegetarian food
- Carrying mobile phones and cameras is not allowed inside the temple
- Wearing flowers is not allowed as it is only for the Lord
• Summers (March to June) has on an average temperature of 35°C, accompanying moderately hot weather and tourists prefer this season for visiting temples.
• Winters (November to February) are cool and temperature comes down to 17 °C. This is the most pleasant season for sightseeing and visiting neighborhoods.
• Monsoons (July to September) are humid with average rainfalls.
October to June are pleasant and ideal for all kinds of pilgrims to visit the temples and also good for outings. July to September can be opted for visit if you are ready to get wet in rains.
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