Next day, get up early in the morning and reach temple by 6 am and head towards the North Entrance of the Arulmigu Ramanathaswamy Temple. Get into the queue for the holy bath from the water of 22 wells inside the temple complex. Being the main attraction of this temple, the wells are also recognized with their distinct properties. All of these wells have water of different taste, temperature, salinity and have curative properties as well. It is said that these wells were made by Lord Rama himself, when he fired arrows in the sand. After completing the bath, go to the main sanctum of the temple for darshan.
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.
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.
We relished a traditional south Indian meal at a local restaurant. We visited the world-famous Ramanathaswamy temple in the evening and enjoyed the classical aarti which includes temple elephants. Religious significance aside, I spent some time appreciating the beautiful architecture. The 1000-pillar corridor was as beautiful as I had always imagined them to be. We then strolled near the beach adjacent to the temple, which, honestly, wasn’t a good experience as it was squalid. But there wasn’t much to do anyway.