Rameswaram- The Land of Lord Rama
Rameswaram, the holy town located in the Pamban islands is adorned with natural beauty and spirituality. Even though regarded as a spiritual town, Rameswaram is a perfect site for all types of travelers. Dhanushkodi lies closer to Rameswaram and the remnants of the city destroyed in the Cyclone is a must-visit place. The drive through the seashore is going to be an amazing experience. In addition to the temples and shrines, Rameshwaram is also famous for Dr. Kalam's house which is now converted as a museum. The Pamban bridge is one of the longest bridges in India and the railway bridge across the sea is a rare sight too.
Rameswaram has plenty to offer to see and to experience.
Top attractions in Rameswaram
Rameshwaram, the holy space has many Agni Theerthams and temples. This pilgrimage holds a major place in the life of Hindu believers. It is considered auspicious to visit Rameshwaram during the new moon and full moon days. This theertham also has a place in the renowned Hindu texts including Skanda Purana, Narada Purana, and Sethu Purana. It is believed that Lord Rama took bath in this theertham after returning rescuing Sita. A visit to the Theertham is a special experience for believers.
Arulmigu Ramanathaswamy Temple
Rameshwaram Temple renowned as the Arulmigu Ramanathaswamy Temple is one of the prominent attractions of Rameswaram. The temple is popular as one of the 12 Jyotirlinga temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Also, the shrine is famously known as the 8th Tevara Stalams in the Pandya. The Ramanathaswamy temple is one of the prominent attractions and is considered as a place to gain salvation.
Villoondi Theertham is one of the 64 theertham and is one of the pristine beaches. A respected Shiva Shrine Thrayambakeshvarar is located here. There is a freshwater spring located within the sea that makes this site even more special. According to myths, after saving Sita from Ravana, Sri Raman visited Rameswaram and carried out the rituals and then installed the Shiva Linga. After performing the rituals, when Sita asked for water, Rama took his arrow and shot it into the sea. The place where the arrow was stuck was named "Villoondi" which is regarded as ‘the place pierced by arrows' and ‘Theertham' which is regarded as holy water in Tamil.
Kothandaramaswamy temple is situated at 12Km from the main city, a prominent place to visit. The temple is more than 1000 years old and has withstood destructive cyclone of 1964. This temple is dedicated to Lord Rama, a historical building and the walls of the temple are carved with magnifying paintings. These paintings represent the characters from the Ramayana, the sacred Hindu text and have the images of Goddess Sita, Lord Rama, Lord Lakshmana, Lord Hanuman, etc.