Rameswaram Temple, also known as Ramanathaswamy temple is dedicated to the god Shiva on Rameswaram island in Tamil Nadu’s Ramanathapuram District. It also takes place to be one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India. It is believed Lord Rama is the seventh avatar of God Vishnu, established and worshipped the temple to atone for sins created by Ravana during the Ramayana war in Sri Lanka.
History of Rameshwaram temple
The temple’s major deity is Ramanathaswamy (Lord Shiva) in the shape of a lingam. Both the Vaishnavites and Shaivites visit this pilgrimage which is also known as the Varanasi of south. The temple is also noted for its towering structure, majestic towers, elaborate sculptural works, and corridors, all of which contribute to its status as an architectural masterpiece.
Shri Ramanathaswamy temple has the longest corridor of any temple in India, the temple is spread over an area of 15 acres and has lofty gopurams, and it is one of the 274 paadhal petrasthan where Tirugnana Sambandar, Appar, Sundarar, and Nayanars have glorified with their songs. massive walls, and a colossal Nandi. Rameswaram Jyotirlinga also boasts of a 4000 feet long pillared corridor with over 4000 pillars, supposedly the longest in the world.
Rameswaram temple Lord Rama built a bridge across the sea to rescue his wife Sita from her abductor Ravana. This is also the place where Rama worshiped Lord Shiva to cleanse away the sin of killing Ravana. Dhanushkodi is believed to be the place where the famous bridge built by Lord Rama along with his brother Laxman and his devotee Hanuman with the floating stones known as Ram Setu is located in Rameswaram.
Places to visit near Rameswaram
Rameswaram is an island with a namouras beaches, temples, and museums, and travelers can enjoy water sports, kite surfing, boating, and shopping for seashell souvenirs. here are some of the attractions spots.
- Ramanathaswamy Temple
- Dhanushkodi (The ghost town)
- Pamban Bridge
- House of Kalam
- Agni Theertham
- Sea World Aquarium
How to reach Rameshwaran
Airport: Madurai Airport is the nearest airport, around 180 km from Rameshwaram, you can take train, bus or taxi.
Train: Rameshwaram Railway Station is near to the temple just 1.3 km away
Bus: Regular bus services are available to reach Rameswaram from many cities in Tamil Nadu.