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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
5:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM
INR 25 for camera
All year
1 out of 28 attractions in Rameswaram

Ramanathaswamy Temple

This is one of the holiest Shiva Shrines and is the southernmost shrine out of the 12 lingams of outh India. This is near the Rameshwaram Sethu on the Pamban Island. This is the same place where Lord Rama is said to have performed sacrifice for Lord Shiva to seek salvation after having killed the Demon King Ramana. This is when Lord Rama sent Hanumana to bring an idol of Lord Shiva from Benaras but he did not come on time. So, Mother Sita made a lingam out of sand and this was known as the Ramalingam. This is the main idol in the Ramanathaswamy Temple. The Gandamadam or Hanumaneshwar idol is also inside one of the shrines and the Vishveshwar Linga which was brought down by Hanuman is also there. This lingam is worshipped even before the Ramalingam everyday. This temple is often compared with the Kashi or Benaras Vishveshwar Temple.
Rohit Prajapati (Aaric)
There are as many as 1,212 pillars in the temple. The temple has 22 theerthams or sacred baths, in which, as per belief, taking a dip washes away one's sins. The temple remains open on all days of the week from 5 am to 1 pm and then from 3 pm to 9 pm.
Rohit Prajapati (Aaric)
Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple, Tamil NaduThe most popular attraction of Rameswaram, Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple invites pilgrims from all corners of the world. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it houses one of the 12 jyotirlingas (special devotional shrines of Lord Shiva). The word 'Ramanathaswamy' means the master of Rama and refers to Lord Shiva, to whom Lord Rama prayed before setting for his journey towards Lanka to save Goddess Sita from the clutches of Ravana.The architecture of the temple is noted for its intricate carvings, majestic towers and lavish corridors, which are lined with imposing sculptured pillars.
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.
Road to Taste
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.
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1000 pillar hall at Ramanathsamy Temple,Rameswarm