Varanasi Of South India
Held in high esteem, Rameshwaram is a famous pilgrimage center of the Hindus. Occupying a superb location on an island in the Ramamathapuram district of Tamil Nadu, Rameshwaram is situated at a mere distance of 40 km from Srilanka. It is believed that a pilgrimage to Kashi(one of the most revered pilgrimage ) is incomplete without a pilgrimage to Rameshwaram. Rameshwaram is a pious place where Lord Rama worshiped Lord Shiva. Another religious importance of Rameshwaram is that Lord Rama built a bridge known as Ram Setu at Rameshwaram to cross over to Sri Lanka.
Main Attractions of Rameshwaram
Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Ramanathaswamy is a beautiful temple visited by many a devotee throughout the year. It is believed that after defeating the demon king Ravana, Lord Rama worshiped Lord Shiva at the same place where the Ramanatha Swamy temple stands today. One of the twelve Jyotirlingas is present inside the temple. The Shiva Lingam here was installed by the Lord Rama himself. This temple has a great mythological importance as it is believed that its foundation was laid by the Lord Rama himself. Reflecting the richness of the Dravadian style of architecture, the temple is known for its largest temple corridor in India. The 1219 exquisitely carved pillars of the temple deserve mention.
Dedicated to Lord Hanuman who was an ardent devotee of Lord Rama, the Hanuman Temple is famous for its 'floating stone'. This stone was used for the construction of Ram Setu, the bridge between India and Sri Lanka.
Perched at the highest point on the island of Rameshwaram, the Ramjharoka Temple is the sacred land having the imprints of Lord Rama's feet.
Located 8 km from Rameshwaram, Dhanushkodi derived its name from Lord Rama's bow. All the temples at Dhanushkodi fell prey to the horrible cyclones in the year 1964. The only temple left unharmed is the Kothandaramaswamy Temple.
Best Time To Visit Rameshwaram
From November to March
Shopping In Rameshwaram
Scan the bazaars of Rameshwaram for beautiful silk saris and other impressive handicrafts fashioned out of palm leaves, beads and sea shells. The shopping experience in Rameshwaram is truly rewarding.
How To Reach
The nearest airport is at Madurai city.
A good railway network connects Rameshwaram with the major cities of South India.
Rameshwaram is easily accessible from places in and around it by bus and taxi.
Various accommodation optins are available in and around Rameshwaram.