"Those who goes to Rameswaram and seek my blessings shall always reside in Sivaloka. They will never have to be born in this world again and suffer".
- As told by Lord Rama in The Ramacharitamanasa of Tulasidas
In the middle of India and SriLanka lies a land of less crowded temples and sacred Theerthams with it's clean and serene sea breezes! Located in the Ramanathapuram district of TamilNadu , this island town is separated from the Indian mainland by Pamban channel. Rameswaram is one of the important places connected to Ramayana which has a strong mythological connection with the epic.
Pamban Bridge, Rameshwaram - PC : Picsnapr
Rameswaram is where Lord Rama built Rama Sethu across the sea to Lanka to rescue Sita from Ravana. After slaying Ravana, Subsequently, Lord Rama returned here and offered his repentance prayer to Lord Siva to absolve his sins that he had committed by slaying Ravana. This legend is the main reason for Rameswaram to become one of the major religious destinations in India. The name of the place is derived from a Sanskrit word which literally means "The place where Eswara was worshipped by Rama". Let's see what makes Rameswaram one among the important places connected to Ramayana.
The holiest Rameswaram!
Rameswaram holds a very significant place in the Hindu mythology and pilgrimages. It is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas (The Radiant Sign of The Almighty Siva) and one among the Char dhams (the four abodes) of India which are highly revered by Hindus. According to the Hindu mythology, the Theerthams here can absolve the sins of one's past!
The temple towers Rameswaram temple - PC :Vinayaraj
The pilgrimage to Rameswaram
Rameswaram is given a very high stature in Hindu mythology. It is believed that a pilgrimage to Varanasi is incomplete without a pilgrimage to Rameswaram. . The town along with the Ramanathaswamy temple is one of the holiest Hindu Char Dham (four divine sites) sites comprising Badrinath, Puri and Dwarka.
Ramanathaswamy Temple or Rameswaram Temple
Ramanathaswamy temple is the most attractive site in the holy city of Rameswaram. This is one of the very few temples in India which is built in the Dravidian style of architecture and also has the world's second largest pillared corridor in the world! Of the 24 important sacred Theerthas ,14 are present within the temple precincts. The temple is also one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines.
The inside view of Rameswaram temple - PC :Mathanagopal
There are 64 holy Theerthams in Rameswaram of which 24 are important. The foremost one among them is called Agni Theertham. These Theerthams are believed to wash away the sins of people who take a dip in them.
Dhanushkodi is an abandoned town in the southern most tip of Pamban island. Lord Rama built the Rama Setu here. The pilgrims usually bath in the ocean here before completing the pilgrimage to Rameswaram. The spot is considered a sacred confluence of the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean.
Aerial view of Dhanushkodi - PC :Nataraja
Kothandaramaswamy Temple and The five faced Hanuman Temple
Kothandaramaswamy Temple is a ruin of the temple described in Ramayana. It is believed to be the residing spot of Vibhishana, the younger brother of Ravana. The five faced Hanuman Temple is another important temple in Rameswaram which has the famous five manifestations of Lord Hanuman. This famous idol is carved out of a large Senthooram Stone which was considered very precious in ancient times.
There is more to Rameswaram than these holy spots! The serene and tranquil beaches here are sure to soothe your soul. India's first sea bridge, the Pamban bridge is an attraction on it's own. These features make Rameswaram one of the Major tourist attractions in Tamil Nadu. Go and get dipped in the serenity of Rameswaram!
Read about the other places connected to Ramayana