A VISIT TO RAMESHWARAM TEMPLE AND TOP 6 PLACES

Home to our beloved president Mr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, connected with the mainland of India by the famous Pamban bridge and having a mention in the mythological Hindu epic, Ramayana, Rameshwaram needs no introduction.

This town, which is located at the tip of the Indian peninsula is of great significance to the Hindus as it is part of the pilgrimage of the Char Dhams. It is also a big tourist puller because of its natural beauty, the pleasant climate in the months of November to March, and the kaleidoscope of colors.

I am sure you might be intrigued by now. So without further ado, let me take you to the best places to visit when you are in Rameshwaram.

Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple

This is the temple where a God worshiped a God. This temple is said to be built by Lord Ram and is one of the twelve jyotirlingas dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was expanded by the rulers of the Pandya dynasty in the 12 century who are responsible for the current structure of the temple. It is a divine hub for the Vaishnavite and Shiva sects of Hindus. This temple constitutes a major part of the spiritual tourism destination of India. The Dravidian-style architecture of this temple is a perfect example of architectural excellence. Today’s Ramanathaswamy

Temple houses the longest temple corridor in the world, which is 197 meters long and 133 meters broad and stands with 1200 massive granite columns. The main attraction is the Sand Mound, a lingam created by God Rama’s wife, Sita. When you are in Rameshwaram don’t miss out on visiting this temple otherwise it won’t justify this trip

Agnitheertham

Rameshwaram is the land of peace and piousness, houses 64 theertham(holy water bodies). But agnitheertham is considered to be the most important of them all. The reason is it is believed that Lord Rama himself took a bath at this agnitheertham to absolve him from the sin of killings in the war against Ravana.

The devotees take their first dip at the agnitheertham to emancipate themselves of all impurities and with the sins washed off they move to other teeraths. If visiting agnitheertham, I would suggest choosing the morning because the pure air of the ocean and the scene of the rising sun would be the most exhilarating experience.

The Five Faced Hanuman Temple

Yet again Rameshwaram houses something that cannot be found elsewhere. It is the five-face Hanuman temple. The deity has 5 faces namely Lord Hanuman, Lord Adivaraha, Lord Narasimha, Lord Hayagriva, and Lord Garuda. The idol is carved from a large ethogram stone from which vermilion is derived. The temple also enshrines the statue of Lord Ram, Goddesses Sita, and Lord Laxman.

It is believed that the actual souls of the Gods are supposed to have been put into the idols and this gives a very mystic feel to it. But the object that drives most of the tourists here is a floating stone outside the temple. It is believed to be the same stone that was used to build the bridge on the sea as prescribed by Hindu mythology.

Dhanushkodi

Welcome to the endpoint of India, Dhanushkodi. It is a small town at the southeastern tip of Pamban Island in Tamil Nadu. If you are curious to discover the plot of Ram Sethu, don’t forget to explore this place. It was once a thriving port surrounded by shallow beaches and a vast horizon of the azure sea but now all remains is a vast ruin of the historical past. You will get to see beautiful sunrises and sunsets here so do pay a visit.

Ariyaman Beach

After taking the spiritual tour of this holy city of Rameshwaram, Ariyaman beach is the perfect destination to visit with your friends and loved ones and enjoy a relaxing evening while watching the setting sun over the horizon. But this is not all, this beach has much more to offer you to make this memorable. A children’s park, a museum, and an aquarium will definitely make your children not leave this place. While for the thrill seekers we have parasailing also available for you as well.

Things to do in Rameshwaram:

Silk Shopping

The silk available in Rameshwaram is famous worldwide for its quality. So when you are here do lay your hands on this absolute pride of India and take it back home for yourself and for your loved ones. This will definitely bring a smile to the ladies of the house.

Sea World Aquarium

After taking the spiritual tour of this holy city of Rameshwaram, Ariyaman beach is the perfect destination to visit with your friends and loved ones and enjoy a relaxing evening while watching the setting sun over the horizon. But this is not all, this beach has much more to offer you to make this memorable. A children’s park, a museum, and an aquarium will definitely make your children not leave this place. While for the thrill seekers we have parasailing also available for you as well.

Visit the House of Former President- Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Everyone loves him no matter his age, gender, or religion. Visiting the place he lived would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. So do visit the place and feel blessed and lucky.

The land of Rameshwaram invites everyone to soak in its piousness, experience the Indian mythology of Ramayana, and enjoy the natural beauty of the southern peninsula. So this winter break, take this journey and add another wonderful destination to the chapter of your life. Bon, Voyage amigos!

Originally published at https://relivetravelling.in on May 16, 2022

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