Temple is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to
Lord Shiva located in the island of Rameswaram.
Temple structure :
Like all ancient temples in
South India, there is a high compound wall (madil)
on all four sides of the temple premises
measuring about 865 feet furlong from east to
west and one furlongs of 657 feet from north to
south with huge towers (Gopurams) at the east
and west and finished gate towers on the north
The temple has striking long corridors in its
interior, running between huge columnades on
platforms above five feet high.
The outer set of corridors is reputed to be the
longest in the word being about 400 feet in each
in the east and west and about 640 feet in north
and south and inner corridors are about 224 feet
in east and west and about 352 feet each in
north and south.
Their width varies from 15.5 feet to 17 feet in
the east and west about 172 feet on the north
and south with width varying 14.5 feet to 17
feet. The total length of those corridors is
thus 3850 feet.
There are about 1200 pillars in the outer
corridor. Their height is about 30 feet from the
floor to the center of the roof.
Worship: Six worship services are carried
out each day, the first being at 5am.
Special worship services are carried out
Festivals: Rama’s worship is commemorated
in the month of Aani (June 15 - July 15);
two annual Bhrammotsavams are celebrated in
Aadi and in Maasi.
Ph : 04573-221223.
Rameswaram is the abode of one of the 12 Jyothirlingas of India. It is also considered
one among four most sacred pilgrim centers of
India. They are Rameswaram in the South,
Badrinath in the North, Puri in the East and
Dwaraka in the West. Among these, Rameswaram is
dedicated to Shiva, while the other three are
dedicated to Vishnu.
Agnitheertham :The calm, shallow
water-spread of the sea, present hardly 100
metres in front of the magnificient temple
Gopuram is reverentially held sacred. A dip in
the Agnitheertham is supposed to remove the sins
of the pilgrims. The other Theerthams (holy
springs) in and around the temple are also
important for pilgrims.
Badrakaliamman Temple : Temple for Devi
Durga is situated 1 km from the main temple on
the way to Gandhamathana parvatham.
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
Born on 15th October 1931 at Rameswaram.
He was the 11th President of India from
2002 to 2007. He was popularly known as
the people’s President.
After graduating in science from
St.Joseph’s College in Tiruchi, Abdul
kalam graduated with a diploma in the
mid 1950s from M.I.T. specializing in
Aeromatical Engineering. In this field
his service is considerable.
On 29th April, 2009 he became the first,
Asian to be bestowed the 2008 Hoover
medal, America’s top Engineering prize,
for his outstanding constribution to
The Government of India has honoured him
with nation’s highest civilian honours:
the Padma Bushan in 1981; Padma Vibushan
in 1990; and Bharat Ratna for his work
with ISRO and DRDO and his role as a
scientific advisior to Indian
He is also the first Scientist and first
bachalor to occupy Rashtrapati Bhavan.
A place called Dhanushkodi is located at the
eastern end of the island. The chain of small
islets and reefs in the sea between Sri Lanka
and Dhanushkodi collectively are known as Adam’s
Five Faced Hanuman Temple : Hanuman is adorned
with senthooram here. The stone said to have
used to construct the floating bridge Sethu
Bandanam could be seen here.
Wonder! Miracle! Joyful! It is nature when
Rock-Stones throw into the water will be drown
at once. But in a city that rock-stones are not
drowned; they are floating in the water is it
possible.Myths say that Sriram was tried to go to Lanka
to redeem sita who was remanded by Ravana; They
threw some rock-stones in the south sea and
constructed a bridge across that sea. All
rock-stones were not drowned; but floated in the
sea. Even now you can see that bridge which is
called ‘Adam Bridge’ and this was built by
Sriram between Rameswaram and Lanka. ‘Thulasi
Baba Madam’ is one of the famous Madams located
at island city Rameshwaram. It has kept two
floating rock-stones in a small water tub. Very
near by some rock-stones are kept on the floor
which will touch and check by the devotees with
great pleasure.Located : ‘Thulsai Baba Madam’ On the way to Rameswaram Temple from the bus stand.
Gandhamathana Parvatham : A hillock
situated 3 Kms to the north of the temple is the
highest point in the island. There is a two
storeyed Mandapam, where Rama’s feet (Padam) is
found as an imprint on a chakra. Pilgrims throng
in thousands to worship Gandhamathana Parvatham.
Sukreevar Temple and Theertham are situated on
the way to Gandhamadana Parvatham.
Kothandaramaswamy Temple :
Kothandaramaswamy temple is located 12 kms away
from Rameswaram. A popular belief is that
vibishna, brother of Ravana, surrendered before
situated at the western edge of Pamban Island,
is a fishing village and a harbour which is the
main point of entry for the pilgrimage centre of
Rameswaram. Pamban is 11 km from Rameswaram, 7
km from Mandapam.
The Pamban Bridge on the Palk Strait connects
Rameswaram. It refers to both the road bridge
and the cantilever railway bridge, though
primarily it means the latter. The railway
bridge is 6,776 ft (2,065 m) and was opened for
traffic in 1914. The railroad bridge is a
still-functioning double-leaf bascule bridge
section that can be raised to let ships pass
under the bridge.
Sea World Aquarium : Just opposite the
Rameswaram Bus Stand, one can catch a quick
glimpse of an assortment of underwater creatures
in their near natural habitat in the ‘Sea World
Aquarium’ – the only one of its kind in the
state, and probably in the country too, filled
with such varied marine life forms including
exotic species such as Octopus, Snake fish,
Parrot fish, Sea lizard, Sea squid, Cow fish,
Lion fish, Rabbit fish, Fire fish, Butter fish,
Clown fish, Crabs, Lobsters, Prawns, Sea Lotus,
Beach Tamet, Star Fishes, Sea Horses and Sharks.
This is quite an eye-opener for young tourists &
kids and lovers of marine life. Ph :
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
situated between Pamban and Rameswaram is a
minor settlement. It derives its name from a
muttwhich is located in the town. There are a
couple of temples and a few churches. The
township is also served by a police station.
Ekantharamar Temple constructed and maintained
by the Kanchi mutt is the main attraction.
It is literally translated stands for ‘buried
bow’. It is quite well known that Lord Ram
always carried a bow. According to legend, at
this sacred spot, located 7 km from Pamban, is
this puranic place, significant because it was
at this place where Lord Ram is said to have
quenched the thirst of Sita by dipping the bow
into the sea water.