Fascinating Rameshwaram Temples

As the famous saying goes- ‘The temple is a point of intersection between heaven and earth,’ it is believed that the house of deities surely forms the connection between the disciple and his diety.  

Rameshwaram is one of the famous pilgrim destinations in India. The site is based in the district of Ramanathapuram in Tamil Nadu. The devotees flock in groups throughout the year to see the magnificence and sublimity of the temples present here.  The temples here are based on the medieval Dravidian architecture. The place has also one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. It is believed that this holy place had been built by Lord Rama. The major tourist attraction is the temple of Rameshwaram, but other than the temple of Rameshwaram there are Agniteertham, Gandamadana Parvatham, Dhanushkodi, and Kothandaraswamy temples.  The beauty and tranquility of Rameshwaram temples will surely drive you to experience more of them.

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Ramanathaswamy Temple

Ramanathaswamy Temple

The temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlinga temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, the supreme deity.  The temple had been built in the seventeenth century which attracts different sects of Hinduism ranging from Vaishnavite to Shiva.  The part of the temple is believed that it had been built by Lord Rama himself and that is why the temple is regarded as the most pious in Rameshwaram.  This temple has also the longest temple corridor in the world that is around 200 metres long and 140 metres broad. The temple is bedecked with 1200 granite columns.  The temple is a must visit temple if one is eager to experience the magnificence of Rameshwaram temples.

Dhanushkodi Temple

Dhanushkodi Temple

This temple is also known by the name Kothandaramaswamy Temple.  The temple is believed to be of 5000-10000 years old. The temple enshrines major deities of Hinduism, but the major attraction of this temple is Lord Rama holding his bow and hence the name Dhanushkodi.  The sacred scriptures of Hinduism mention Vibhishana’s ascension to the king of Lanka when Lord Rama killed Ravana. The story is depicted well in the murals inside the temple. A powerful cyclone had hit the town of Dhanushkodi in the year 1964.  The entire town was devastated and more than 1500 people died, but the temple remained intact. The temple, today, is a remnant of the magnificent Dhanushkodi Temple before the cyclone of 1964. Include this temple in your list of Rameshwaram temples.  

Gandhamadhana Parvatham

Gandhamadhana Parvatham

The site is famous for its stunning sunrise and sunset.  But wait! There is more to it. Do you know the mountain mentioned in the Ramayana from where Lord Hanumana fetch medicinal herbs to save Laxman?  Yes, this is the same Gandhamadhana Parvatham that is mentioned in the Ramayana and was carried by Lord Hanumana on his shoulders. The site is considered to be the highest point in Rameshwaram and standing on the top, you can have a panoramic view of the whole of Rameshwaram.  The site has a temple dedicated to Lord Rama that makes it one of the Rameshwaram temples to be visited in any season.

The Five-Faced Hanumana Temple

The Five-Faced Hanumana Temple

 

This Hanumana temple is only 2 K.M. far from Ramanathaswamy Temple.  It is believed that Lord Hanumana manifested his five-face form the first time in this place.  The huge structure of Lord Hanumana is revered and smeared with vermilion or sindoor. The temple here enshrines the deities- Lord Rama, Sita, and Lord Hanumana.  The major attraction is the floating stone which is said that it had been used during the building of Setu Bandhanam. All that and many other things make this temple one of the most visited Rameshwaram Temples.

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