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Rameswaram Travel Guide
Rameswaram is a small town in Ramanathapuram district of Tamilnadu, India and located as an island. Rameswaram is separated from India by the Pamban channel and lies at around 40 km from Jaffna Peninsula, Sri Lanka. Like most of the places in India, Rameswaram is also famous for its Temples and its locale. Rameswaram is considered as one of the sacred and most visited, by the pilgrims.
Rameswaram is situated in the Gulf of Mannar which in turn is present at the tip of Indian peninsula. As per the legend, this is the place where Lord Rama built a bridge with stones (called Ram Setu), across the sea to Sri Lanka, previously known as only Lanka (the land of the Demon Ravana), to go and rescue his wife, Sita, whom Ravana had abducted. Rameswaram hence gets its name, from Lord Rama.
Every Hindu feels that he has to visit this place at least once in a lifetime; such is the charm of this place. Mainly Lord Shiva, in the form of a Linga under the name of Sri Ramanatha Swamy is worshipped in Rameshwaram. The very famous Jyothirlingas are only twelve in number. One of them is said to be presiding in this very town adding glory t this holy town.
The Ramanatha Swamy Temple is a very huge masterpiece and proudly has the largest Temple corridor in the whole of the country. This is one of the few Temples which were built by more than one ruler, over a long period of time starting from around 12th century. The Temple is believed to have twenty two wells and the water present in each is very unique and tastes differently.
The largest pillar found here goes up to a height of 1219m and consists of 3.6m high granite pillars, which are again richly carved. The construction of such a magnificent monument in the 12th century, without the modern and sophisticated constructional tools, is truly a wonder!
Lord Rama and Sita, who are worshipped in almost every house, had worshipped the Linga, present here, according to the local lore.
Places to See
Agnitheertham: This is an east facing temple. The vast blue sea is just 100 meters away from the main entrance to the Temple, and is a very calm and serene place. The water found here is considered to be sacred and is also known as 'Agnitheertham'. The pilgrims usually bathe in this place before entering the Temple, which is said to wash of the sins.
Coral Reef: The cool water found around the island is famous not only for fish but also in coral reef. The authentic gardens of coral reefs and some picturesque locales off the island beckon the people who seek the sun, sand and sea. It is, in short an island paradise of golden sands, cool blue sea and gently swaying coconut palms, and of shady tamarind. The entire island is ideal for picnickers and excursionists.
Best Time to Visit:
Winter is the best season to visit this place. Months of August, September and October would be an ideal time. People who are going for the beaches will have to visit in summer, March- April being the best time for fun and frolic!
How to get there
Nearest Airport: The nearest airport is at Madurai (170 km).
Nearest Railhead: The rail network connects Rameshwaram with Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Trichy, Thanjavur and other important cities.
Road: Rameswaram is well connected to all the main towns in Tamilnadu by road. Transportation available for Chennai (660 km) can be made used to reach this destination.
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