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Rameswaram - The Destination
Ramanathswami Temple

An island of Lord Rama’s temple, Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu is a significant site of Hindu pilgrimage, as a trip to Benaras is incomplete without a visit to Rameshwaram. Popularly referred to as the Benaras of the south, in order to attain Moksha (Salvation) it is believed that the visit to Rameshwaram is mandatory.

The religious island is spread across an area of 61.8 square kilometers and happens to be in the shape of a conch. The Ramanatha Swamy Temple occupies a major area of Rameshwaram. This masterpiece of

Dravidian architecture boasts of the largest temple corridor in India. Different rulers built the Ramanatha Swamy Temple over a period of time starting from the 12th century. The temple has twenty-two wells and the taste of the water of each well is different from the other. The waters of the wells are believed to possess medicinal properties. You may join the various festivities at the Ramanatha Swamy Temple of Rameshwaram like Thai Amavasai, Masi Sivarathiri, Thirukalyanam and Mahalaya Amavasai.

The imprint of Lord Rama's feet is placed on a chakra in the Ramjharoka temple at the highest point of the Island of Rameshwaram, and this makes Gandamadana Parvatham a major tourist attraction. The highest point happens to be at a distance of five kilometers from Rameshwaram town. Owing to its height Gandamadana Parvatham offers an excellent view of the Ramanatha Swamy Temple and the beautiful blue waters of the sea. The whole of Rameshwaram is dotted with temples in honor of Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman.

Down south the island of Rameshwaram is Dhanushkodi. The place derives its name from the dhanush or bow of Lord Rama and is believed to have been the starting point of the bridge that was built by the monkey forces of Lord Rama to access Sri Lanka. Dhanushkodi is at a distance of two kilometers from the Railway Station and is easily accessible by road from any part of Rameshwaram.

Rameswaram - Facts at a Glance

State : Tamil Nadu
Area : 61.8 sq kms
Temperature : Max. 48°C Min. 46°C (Summer)
Max. 30°C Min. 25°C ( Winter)
Rainfall : 50 cm
Altitude : 2.74 mts
Language : Tamil, Hindi, English
Best Season : Anytime of the year


History of Rameswaram


The holy place of Rameswaram is visited by pilgrims widely. The story behind the name of this place goes back to Ramayana, when Hanuman returned from Lanka after killing Ravana. He was asked to purify himself as he committed the sin of killing a Brahmin. The present statue of Hanuman depicts the story as to how he set up a lingam and worshipped Lord Shiva.
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