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.
I reached my hotel (Hotel Vinayaga), friendly staff. I went into the room , refreshed and moved towards the temple, it was morning 8:30 I guess. It was 1.2 Kms away from the hotel. I decided to walk, following the Google maps. I went through a local bazaar, looked at people. It was all very calm, noone was staring at me. People were busy with their daily routine stuff. I reached the temple and decided to follow the suit. Before going to the temple, its a custom to first take a dip in Agnee Teertham (i.e. Bay of Bengal) and then take shower in the 22 wells inside the temple and then change and then you can do darshan.I walked towards Bay of Bengal, saw many people were bathing. I decided to walk a little towards right, away from the crowd. I saw there were many fisherman pulling the jaal (fish net). I was delighted to see the way they were pulling the net. The synchronization of the feet, the chorus, it was such a balanced effort, the words of the songs, the hand movements, the foot movement, amazing synchronization.
I went on to take a one day trip to Dhanuskodi, Tamilnadu off from Madurai. Take any train journey to Rameshwaram and that's where you cross a hell of a rail-bridge, the more than '100 years old' Pamban bridge which connects you to the Rameshwaram Island.I dare you feel the sea underneath your feet on a slow moving train on Pamban. Exotic!!!Plus you get a beautiful glimpse of the Pamban road bridge alongside.