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#1 of 6 Places To Visit in Rameswaram
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Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu 623526, India
contact
+91-4573-221223
entry fee
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25
per person for camera
timings
All days of the week
5:00 AM - 12:00 PM
6:00 PM - 8:45 PM
visit duration
45 minutes to 2 hours

how to reach sri ramanathaswamy temple

One can easily reach Rameswaram Temple by taking regular buses or by hiring taxis from anywhere in Tamil Nadu It is situated by the beach and locals will be more than happy to help you if you are lost. Madurai Airport is the nearest one situated at a distance of 167 km from Rameswaram

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about sri ramanathaswamy temple

Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple, Tamil Nadu is located in the island town of Rameshwaram, and is one of the four sacred Char Dhams in the country, the other three being Jagannath Temple in Puri (Orissa), Dwarkadheesh Temple in Dwarka (Gujarat) and the Badrinath temple in Badrinath (Uttarakhand). The temple gets its name from Lord Rama because he came here to worship Lord Shiva.

The Legend

After killing Ravana (a brahmin), Lord Rama arrived at Rameshwaram from Lanka with his wife Sita. To expiate the 'kukarma' or 'dosha' of killing a brahmin, he wanted to worship Lord Shiva. Since there was no Shivling in Rameshwaram, he sent Hanuman to get the biggest Shivling from the Himalayas. Since it took him a long time to return, Sita made a shivling with mud and sand that became the original Rameshwaram shivalingam.

The Temple Complex

The Primary deity is Lord Ramanathswamy (Shiva) in the form of a lingam. There is a second Shivalingam in the temple, called Vishwalingam, that was brought by Hanuman. As per Lord Rama's instructions, the Vishwalingam is worshipped first. The shrines of Ramanathswamy and Goddess Vishalakshi are separated by a corridor. There are separate shrines for numerous gods and goddesses.

Architecture

Similar to many ancient temples, the Ramanathaswamy Temple is also surrounded by a high wall that has Gopuram (towers) on its eastern and western sides and gates on its northern and southern sides. The interiors are very striking with long corridors running between columns built on platforms that are 5 ft high. The Pillars themselves are around 25 to 30 ft high.

An interesting structure in the form of a chessboard is formed at the junction of the third corridor and the path leading from the western gopuram to the Setumadhava shrine. This structure is known as Chokkattan Madapam where all the Utsava deities are adorned and kept during festivities and auspicious days. The outer set of corridors is the longest in the world, with a total of 1212 pillars. The pillars of the main tower or rajagopuram are carved with unique individual compositions.

Temple Tanks

The island of Rameshwaram contains 64 holy water bodies ( theerthas), of which  24 are considered very important. 22 of these tirthas are present within the temple. The largest and the most important one being the Agni Theertham (Bay of Bengal). Bathing in this theerthas is believed to absolve one of all crime and negativity, thus making Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple a very important ritual during the pilgrimage.

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Dinesh Sharma
Dinesh Sharma
200 ruppies entry fee
Feb 03 2019
When I visted last year. I paid 200 rupies entry fee and 350 to buy flowers and pooja items. so sad....................................................................................................................................................... ...... read more
Dinesh Sharma
Dinesh Sharma
200 ruppies entry fee
Feb 03 2019
When I visted last year. I paid 200 rupies entry fee and 350 to buy flowers and pooja items. so sad....................................................................................................................................................... ...... read more
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