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Rameshwaram Temple

Rameshwaram Temple

A pilgrimage visit to Tamil Nadu is incomplete if not paid a visit to Rameshwaram. In the very city, there is the most significant and sacred place, the Rameshwaram temple is anticipated for a visit of thousands of pilgrims every year. As per the legends, the city itself holds its religious importance and is also aliened to the Lord Rama built an overpass, across the sea to reach Lanka in order to rescue his wife Goddess Sita from her abductor Ravana, the devil king of Lanka.

The Ramanathaswamy Temple is a tribute to the Hindu God Shiva, enshrining the statue of Lord Shiva in the heart of the city and is also very closely associated to Rama. The shrine is attributed to both Lord Shiva as well as to Lord Vishnu. The temple is sacred for both Shaivite and Vaishnavite sects of Hinduism. It is believed that the Lord Rama is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The temple town, Rameswaram lies in the state of Tamil Nadu, which is an island in the Gulf of Mannar. The city is at a stone’s throw away from Sri Lanka and is the country’s most valued pilgrimages as it holds one of 12 Jyotirlingams.

The temple was built in 17th century a magnificent paradigm of Dravidian temple architecture with a gopuram that is mounted to an impressive height of 53.6 m. There is an incredible 1200 m long corridor bordered by refined carved pillars. It is believed that the construction work on the temple began in the 12th century AD and the successive dynasties added their own contributions to this remarkable temple complex. The temple is sprawled over an area of 52,800 sq m.

Devotees present prayers to the lingams after having bath in the sweet waters of the 22 temple tanks, each with a different taste! There are quite a few smaller shrines housing the other deities including Hanuman, Vishnu, Krishna and Shiva’s sons Ganesha and Subramanya.

Lord Rama also wished to sanctify himself for the sin committed when he assassinated the demon king. Therefore, Agneetheertham, the sacred tank, which is situated towards the eastern side of the temple at a distance of 100 m. it is believed to be the tank in whose waters Rama washed away his sins. People still believe and bathe in its sanctified waters, hoping to be cleansed off from their misdeeds.

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