“Lord Ram was standing on the edge of sea, standing still and thinking of how to cross this magnificent ocean and rescue his beloved wife Goddess Sita. He got a thought to pray his deity Lord Shiva thus he asked Hanuman to bring the biggest Shiva Linga from Himalayas. It took long in return of Hanuman thus Ram made Shiva Linga with sand and was about to start the rituals then come Hanuman. Seeing Ram already built the lingam, Hanuman got upset, to console him Ram took lingam from Hanuman which he brought from Himalayas and established it near the one which he built. Rituals completed, Shiva appeared and blessed Rama to conquer in battle against Demon King Ravana and named the lingam after the name of Rama.”
Hence Rameshwar Lingam came into being and today it is listed among the 12 major Jyotirlinga of Shiva. This is the story of Rameshwar Temple and its origin, now let us move ahead and discuss about the other aspects of this amazing Hindu Pilgrimage site which plays a vital role in South India Tourism.”
- Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple
- Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple – Architecture, Design and Composition
- Idols and Shrines in Temple
- Places To Visit Near Ramanathaswamy Temple in Rameshwaram
- How to Reach Ramanathaswamy Temple in Rameshwaram
1. Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple
A Prominent Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shivam, Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple is one of the most significant temples in South India. The temple holds a prominent place in Indian temple tours and is located on a Rameshwaram Island. Featuring as the house of one of the 12 Jyotirlinga, Rameshwar temple is the finest example of architecture excellence. It is the highly sacred Shiva Temple which is compacting with 22 teerthams and features as the prominent place in Char Dham Yatra.
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2. Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple – Architecture, Design and Composition
The temple has been a humble thatched hut until 12th century later built as a concrete temple by Sethupathy rulers. Today this temple is showcasing the grandeur of the South Indian architectural structure. The temple is spread in 15 acres of land and is compacting with huge pillars, vast corridors, walls and gopurams. The temple is having the longest corridors in the world that is built with around 1212 pillars in the outer corridor. Each pillar is standing with a height 30 feet. There are huge gopurams in the temple in the east and west side while the gate towers are standing in the north and south side. It is believed that the rocks which were used to build the corridors were brought from outside Tamil Nadu. The paved from western Gopuram to Setumadhava shrine is built in the form of chess which offers a spectacular view. This is the very place which is used to keep the deity during spring festival and it is called Chokkattan Mandapam.
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3. Idols and Shrines in Temple
The sanctum of the temple is houses with two Shiv Lingas. One of the lingam is installed by Lord Rama and other one is brought by Lord Hanuman from Kailash Mountain which is called Vishwalingam or Hanumanlingam. The temple is also having shrines dedicated to Goddess Visalakshi, Parvathavardhini, Lord Vinayaka and Lord Subramanya, Utsava Idol, Sayanagriha and Perumal as well. The magnificent statue of Nandi (The Bull), a 12 feet huge idol in temple will fill you with spiritual aura. This statue is one of the finest examples of incomparable sculpting excellence. The 22 teertham inside the temple are quite famous in temple. People from all over the world come to these teerthams to atone their past sins. Among all, the Agni Teertham is the first and the most important teertham.
4. Places To Visit Near Ramanathaswamy Temple in Rameshwaram
Visiting one of the most beautiful temples in South India will surely be an unforgettable experience for you. To enhance your India tours we have brought a list of some places which one can visit to Rameshwar Jyotirling Temple. Hotels such as –
- Adam’s Bridge
- Dhanushkodi Beach
- Gandamadan Parvatam
- Pamban Bridge
5. How to Reach Ramanathaswamy Temple in Rameshwaram
Airways – Closest airport is in Madurai, which is 163 km away from Rameshwaram. The Chennai is having the international airport.
Railways – The major station is Mandapam, merely 2 km from temple. Connect with cities like Chennai, Coimbatore, Trichy and Thanjavur.
Roadways – Bus services runs and connects with Nagpur, Hyderabad, Madurai and other cities.