The sea was acting crazy that day and it was extremely windy. We were literally getting slapped by sand and were almost covered with sand within 10 mins. The beach is very clean and beautiful.The water had almost all the shades of blue one can imagine.We loved this beach and it's a must visit place.
Next our driver took us to few local temples and APJ Abdul Kalam Museum.
After getting back to our room and freshning up, we headed towards the main Rameshwaram temple.
This temple is popular for its Shiv ling and is also one of the teerath places out of char dham. The temple is very beautiful and has a different kind of peace that one can feel.
We had a lot of confusion about how does the entire darshan process work and what to wear what not to wear. Here's some quick tips which would be helpful -
1.It is said it is manadate to have a holy bath in sea near the temple before the darshan. (But actually ,even without it you can enter the temple)
2.Women can wear even t shirts and pajamas for the bath in holy sea and then in same wet clothes enter the temple premises.
3.In temple premises, there are 22 wells wherein everyone is supposed to mandatorily have bath before darshan. It is a complete different and unique experience and it's better to try it once. ( This is said as mandatory but even without bath, one can enter the temple).
4.The water from wells are taken out only by the pandits and not by any common person.So incase you are hiring a pandit who will take you around and pour water of all 22 wells it's fine, else you will have to wait near the well for some pandit to pour water on you.
5.There is a changing area separate for men and women, so after bath in 22 wells, one has to compulsorily change their dress and then do darshan of Shiv ling.
6.We did darshan two times, one in morning and one in evening. It's best to go in evening around 5:30pm as there is less rush. Also, the temple closes by 8:30-9:00pm.
7.In the name of VIP darshan , there would be lot of people who would try to grab your attention , but they would end up pushing you in same line from somewhere middle and it's just not worth.Its better to go in evening and have good darshan.
8.Mobile phones are not allowed in premises so either you will have to keep it in hotel room or get it deposited at shops outside temple.
9.Inside the temple there is no dress code as such but for women it's better to be in traditional wear. For men there is no dress code at all.
Incase one opts for taking bath in 22 wells, it requires lot of walking in wet clothes and the flooring is also wet..so it's not a very good option for senior citizens or for someone who cannot walk much.