- Rameshwaram- Benaras of South
The conch shaped Island of Rameshwaram, located in the Gulf of Mannar,
at the very tip of Peninsular India, is deeply associated with the
Indian mythology. According to Hindu mythology, it is from here that
Lord Rama and his army of monkeys built a causeway (Ram Setu or Adams
bridge) across the sea to present day Sri Lanka, to rescue his abducted
wife Sita, from the demon king Ravana.
Rameshwaram is also the place where Rama did his penance to Lord Shiva for killing Ravana, who was a zealous devotee of Lord Shiva. Today Rameshwaram holds a prominent place among Hindu pilgrims. Rameshwaram is not just a place for pilgrimage; it has a unique and amazing marine eco system that may be of interest to a geologist or an ecologist.
- Place of Interest
The majestic Ramanathaswamy temple, a fine masterpiece of Dravidian style of architecture, boasts of the largest temple corridor in India. Sprawling over an area of 15 acres, it is said that the temple construction started in 12th century, which took another five centuries to complete. The temple complex has twenty two sacred wells, each reflecting a different taste and style.
Agnitheertham at a distance of 100 meters from the Ramanathaswamy temple is the place where Rama did his ablution for killing Ravana. A dip in the Agnitheertham is supposed to cleanse away sins.
Gandamadana Parvatham, the highest point in the island at a distance of 2 Km from Rameshwaram, has the imprint of Lord Ramas feet placed on a Chakra or wheel.
Danushkodi at a distance of 8 Km from Rameshwaram is believed to be the place where Ravanas brother Vibhishana surrendered to Lord Rama. The place endured complete destruction in the cyclone of 1964, with only ruins of Kothandaramaswamy temple surviving.
Ramanathapuram, the district headquarters, has the magnificent Ramvilas Palace, built by Setupathi kings. The palace houses some beautiful murals and oil paintings of the Kings.
Erwadi at a distance of 21 Km is an important center of pilgrimage for Moslems, with the 800 year old tomb of Ibrahim Syed Aulia.
Kurusadai Island is a Marine Biosphere, a delightful haven for Marine Biologists and nature lovers. The marine wealth here attracts countless scholars and researches.
Ramanatha Swamy temple
- Best Time To Visit
November to February.
- How to Reach
The nearest airport is at Madurai at a distance of 173 Km.
Well connected by rail road.
Rameswaram is well connected to most of the major cities in the state through private and public modes of transportation.