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Rameshwaram Temple - One Of The Twelve Jyotirlingas Of Lord Shiva - Tamil Nadu - India

Rameshwaram Jyotirlinga represents the southernmost of the 12 Jyotirlingams of India and has been a time honored pilgrimage center held on par with Banaras. Visiting Rameshwaram is significant for the Hindus as a pilgrimage to Benaras is incomplete without a Pilgrimage to Rameshwaram.

Location: Rameshwaram, Ramanathapuram District, Tamil Nadu, India
Dedicated to: Lord Shiva
Festivals: Maha Shivratri
Famous Tradition: A Pilgrimage To Kashi Is Not Considered Complete Without A Pilgrimage To Rameshwaram
Photography: Allow
Significance: One of the 12 Jyotirlingas Of Lord Shiva
Visiting Timing: 30 Mins
Best time to Visit: All Time
Nearest Railway Station: Rameswaram Railway Station
Nearest Air Port: Madurai Airport

Rameshwaram Temple is situated in the island of Rameswaram, off the Sethu coast of Tamil Nadu and is reached via the Pamban Bridge across the sea. Rama, built a bridge across the sea to rescue his consort Sita, from her abductor, Ravana. This is also the place where Rama worshipped Lord Shiva to cleanse away the sin of killing Ravana. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Rama of the famous Hindu epic Ramayana offered his prayers to Lord Varuna, the sea god, to build the route to Lanka. Lord Varuna blessed him, offering an approval, stating that he will diminish the intensity of the sea waves in order to help him construct a stone bridge. The religious island is spread in an area of 61.8 square kilometers and happens to be in the shape of a conch. The Ramanatha Swamy Temple occupies major area of Rameshwaram. The eastern Rajagopuram towers to a height of 126 feet and has nine levels. The Western Rajagopuram is also quite impressive though not as tall as the Eastern one. The temple also has several mandapams with mini shrines to other deities. 

According to yet another legend, while returning to Ayodhya, Ram worshipped Lord Shiva in the form of a Shiva Lingam made of earth by Sita. The huge temples are known for its long ornate corridors, towers and 36 theerthams. Rameshwaram Jyothirlinga represents the southernmost of the 12 Jyotirlingams of India and has been a time honored pilgrimage center held on par with Benaras. It is said that Hanuman was entrusted with the task of bringing an image of Viswanathar from Benaras. Anticipating delay in Hanuman’s return from Benaras, Rama offered worship to a Shivalingam at a pre-chosen auspicious moment. It is said that the names Ramalingam and the town Rameshwaram were thus got. The puja procedure at the principal temple Mani Darshanam, Samudra Snanam, Teerth Snanam, Main Puja are main pujas take place six times a day in the temple. From east to west, the length of the corridor is 197 meters and from south to north, the breadth of the corridor is 133 meters. There are other shrines dedicated to various minor deities and 22 ‘theerthams’ (source of sacred water) within the precinct of the temple. Devotees bathe in these waters before proceeding to the inner sanctum to receive ’dharshan’.

Entry Fee And Other Charges For Visit Rameshwaram Temple

Free entry in temple for all people. Photography and Videography Charges is availabe in Rs 25 INR. There are no entry fee for any person Free Darshan to All, But you can pay charges for attand some special puja and events held by Rameshwaram Temple.

Opening Time For Rameshwaram Temple

  • Open Days: All days of the week
  • Morning: 5:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Evening: 6:00 PM to 8:45 PM

Best Time To Visit Rameshwaram Temple

The temperature of the area measures between 30°C and 35°C. The maximum temperature registered was 37°C at Pamban station and the minimum temperature ever recorded was 17°C. Best time to visit Rameshwaram Temple is all days of year. Shivratri is the most famous festival at Rameshwaram Temple. It falls in between 15 Feb to 15 March. So you can Visit Rameshwaram Temple is Feburary to March also.

Tourist Attractions Near Rameshwaram Temple

Agnitheertham, Anjaneya Shrine, Gandhamadanaparvatam, Nambu Nayagiamman Temple, Perumal Shrine, Ramalinga Pratishta, Satchi Hanuman Temple, Sukravara Mandapam, Visalakshi Shrine, Viswanatha Shrine, Nandi Statue, Dhanushkodi are The major tourist attractions in and around Rameswaram Temple.

Shopping Near Rameshwaram Temple

You can get the quality things in a comparatively well priced than elsewhere in Rameswaram. The seashores of Rameswaram are known for their picturesque features. The stunning sea is tranquil and almost free of any waves. There are lots of things available at Rameswaram island from things of daily usage to specialties the list of various things. You can also buy khadi products at Khadicraft where you may also shop for khadi kurtas and shirts. Don’t forget to shop for the silk saris that are renowned for their beautiful designs and intricate thread work that makes them a unique.

Restaurants Near Rameshwaram Temple

Here is the list of some famous and popular Restaurants which are very closed from The Rameshwaram Temple.

  • Ahaan - The Restaurant
  • Gujarat Bhavan
  • Shabari Restaurant
  • Hotel Aryaas
  • Siva Sakthi Bhojanalaya

Hotels Near Rameshwaram Temple

Here is the list of some famous and popular Hotels which are very closed from The Rameshwaram Temple.

  • TTDC Tamil Nadu Hotel
  • Daiwik Hotels
  • Hotel Brindavan Residency
  • Hotel MCM Towers
  • Hotel Pearl Residency
  • Jiwan Residency
  • Hotel Temple Towers
  • Hotel Royal Park
  • Hotel Nnp Grand
  • Hotel Queen Palace
  • Hotel Harish
  • Hotel Vinayaga

How to Reach Rameshwaram Temple

By Air :

The nearest airport is at Madurai, at a distance of 154 km.

By Rail :

Rameshwaram is well connected by trains from all the major cities of India.

By Road :

For local transportation taxis, auto-rickshaws, cycle-rickshaws and tongas are available. Also city bus service is available in the island.

Google Map For Rameshwaram Temple


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