Rameswaram Places of Interest
 

 Ramanathaswamy Temple:

ramanathaswamy temple

  1. The Temple is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in the island of Rameswaram.

  2. 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 and south.

  3. The temple has striking long corridors in its interior, running between huge columnades on platforms above five feet high.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. There are about 1200 pillars in the outer corridor. Their height is about 30 feet from the floor to the center of the roof.

  7. Worship: Six worship services are carried out each day, the first being at 5am. Special worship services are carried out every Friday.

  8. 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.

  9. Ph : 04573-221223.

About Rameswaram

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

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 public service.

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 government.

He is also the first Scientist and first bachalor to occupy Rashtrapati Bhavan.

 

Dhanushkodi

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 bridge.

Danushkodi

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.

Floating Rock-Stone

 

FloatingStoneWonder! 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 Rama here.


Pamban Island

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.

Pamban Bridge

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 : 04573-222811.

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.

Thangachi Madam

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.

Villoondi Theertham

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.


 

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