After waiting for some time and being impatient for the train was going slow and stopping by often, I reached rameswaram railway station around 6 am and got down with a sense of excitement and adventure. I walked out of the station and onto the streets of just about waking up town of rameswaram. I had a tea and went all the way to Ramanathaswamy Temple which is a Hindu pilgrimage site with ornate corridors, huge sculpted pillars and sacred water tanks. Devotees bathe in the waters of Agni Theertham, off the beach east of the temple. The adjacent roads were rather empty with closed doors and barricades and following the path to other side you will arrive to a view of road filled with people everywhere busy going to the temple and coming out. Old houses around are turned into locker rooms and changing rooms with bathroom facilities. I got ready and went to visit the temple. I came out and went to the beach nearby without much expectations and that turned out to be true. People everywhere taking dips around, the clothes scattered and flower petals flowing on the water. The sight of it all reminded me of every other beach or water source near to hindu temple. I watched the scene for sometime and couldn't find it worth to stay there any longer.
Ramanathaswamy Temple is one of the 12 Post a very religious start to the day we returned to the jyotirlinga temples across the country. This temple is known for its unique architecture, has the longest corridor within a temple and is flocked by pilgrims from around the world. We reached the temple early morning and were surprised to see the number of people gathered there for the Hyatt Place for some quick breakfast. We wanted to start early today as we had a lot to cover in Rameshwaram with just one day at hand. darshan. The temple is known for the various teerthams (water bodies) in and around the premises and is considered holy to take a dip in them. We went for a dip in all the 22 teerthams there at the Ramanathaswamy Temple, the famous ones being the Agnee Teertham and the Lakshman Teertham.
1000 pillar hall at Ramanathsamy Temple,Rameswarm
Then I moved to Agni Theertham where people offer prayers to Ancestors! This has mythological value similar to Kasi! I took bath and moved to Rameshwaram Temple.