Rameshwaram is a town in the Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu in the Gulf of Mannar. The town is connected to the rest of the country via the famous Pamban channel. It is connected to the mainland by road and railway bridges.
Rameshwaram is a major Hindu pilgrimage centre. It is home to one of the 12 jyotirlings and one of the destinations in the Hindu Char Dham Yatra. According to epic Ramayana, Lord Ram built the bridge to Sri Lanka from Rameswaram to crossed over to Sri Lanka on a fascinating 29-km chain of shoals, called Adam’s Bridge or Rama’s Bridge.
The Ramanathaswamy temple is located in the center of the town and dedicated to Rama. The temple is visited every year by lakhs of Hindus to offer prayers and seek blessings from the God. Sri Rama, on his return from Sri Lanka, offered his thanks to Lord Shiva and performed pooja to wash away his sin in killing the Demon King, Ravana.
Rameswaram is known for its 22 theerthas or wells in and around the main temple.
Best time to visit Rameswaram:
October to March are best time to visit Rameswaram.
How to reach Rameshwaram:
Rameshwaram by Air:
The Madurai airport is the nearest airport approximately 170 km away from the heart of Rameshwaram city.
Rameshwaram by rail:
The Rameshwaram railway station is directly connected via rail to all major stations of Coimbatore, Trichy, Madurai, Thanjavur and Chennai.
Rameshwaram by road:
Rameshwaram is well connected with all major cities of Tamil Nadu by road.
Places to Visit in Rameswaram :
Sri Ramanathswamy Temple:
Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple is one of the four sacred Char Dhams and one of the 12 jyotirlings mandated by Adi Shankracharya. The temple has the longest corridor in the world. The corridor from East to West is 197 meters and it is 133 meters wide from North-South. The temple also has a Gopuram 38.4 meters tall.
Agni Theertham: Located about 100 meters towards the east of the main entrance of the Ramanathswamy temple, There are about 22 wells in Agnitheertham. The water of all the 22 wells has different taste. According to a legend, Lord Rama bathed in this part of the sea after killing the Lanka king Ravana.
Kothandaramaswamy temple: Located about 12 km from the main city, according to legend Lord Rama anointed Vibhashana as the king of Lanka after killing Ravana.
The Five Faced Hanuman Temple: Located about 2 km from Ramanathswamy temple. It is believed Hanuman revealed his five manifestations — Lord Hanuman, Lord Adivaraha, Lord Narashima, Lord Hayagriva and Lord Garuda – here.
Gandhamadana Parvatham: Located about 21 km from Ramanathswamy temple. There’s a marble image of Rama’s footprints here.
Dhanushkodi: Dhanushkodi is a small village situated in the Rameshwaram Island. one can still spot a line of rocks and isles that are perhaps the remains of the Rama setu or Adam bridge.
Adam’s Bridge : Adam’s Bridge, also popularly known as Rama Setu or Rama’s Bridge, was built by the army of Vanars who helped Rama rescue Sita from Ravana. Geologists have proven that the bridge was actually a walking path that formerly connected India and Sri Lanka.