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    Floating stone

    by yumiyun Written Apr 17, 2003

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    Floating stones, believed to be used for bridging the way between India and Sri Lanka in order to resuce Sita, can be found inside Sri Ramachandra Temple.

    The stones are made of corals and that makes them float. Stones can be only found inside the temple. Temple itself is very small and there is nothing else to see.

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    Holy sea bath

    by yumiyun Written May 20, 2003

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    Also known as Agni theertham, the water along this seashore near the Ramanathaswamy temple is considered to be sacred.

    This is also the first "dip" before entering the temple for additional 22 holy water to be poured over your head.

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    Trip to Dhanushkodi

    by vpas Updated Aug 19, 2014

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    This is the place where the Indian ocean and the Bay of Bengal meet. This is a sacred spot as Lord Rama came here after defeating Ravana to perform certain rituals to absolve him of the sins of killing Ravana who was no doubt evil but was a devotee of Lord Shiva and a brahmin by birth.
    You cannot reach the shores of Dhanushkodi in an ordinary vehicle but need a four wheel drive or a jeep to drive through the sandy path. There is no proper road.
    Many Hindus go to the shores of Dhanushkodi to perform specific rituals. However it is worth a drive to see the meeting of the Bay of Bengal and to take a dip in the sea. It is not at all crowded and is a great place for a half a day trip. There are some shacks selling sea food. But you would do well to carry a picnic meal with you since the shacks are not very clean.
    It is also a great place to shoot pictures of the rising and setting sun.

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    Visit Kothandaramaswamy Temple

    by vpas Written Aug 19, 2014

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    This temple is located between Dhanushkoti and Rameshwaram. It is believed that Vibhishana, the noble brother of the wicked Ravana sought refugee at this place with Lord Rama. It is also in this place where after the war, Rama performed the coronation of Vibhishana.
    It is a very simple temple and does not have any elaborate carvings. The main deity is Lord Rama, and alongside him are the idols of Sita, Lakshmana, Hanuman and Vibhishana. Rama is wielding his Bow also called as Kothanda and hence the name KothandaRamaswamy temple.

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    World's Longest Temple Corridor-Rameswaram Temple

    by anilpradhanshillong Updated Sep 4, 2011

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    A visit to Rameswaram temple would take at least half a day, especially if you wish to take the obligatory religious bath at the various wells. If you desire to visit Danushkodi also, set aside a full day. In between, you could squeeze in a quick look at the other temples and religious sites. Ideally speaking, set aside two full days for a soul-satisfying and soul-purifying experience. A video is here at VirtualTourist.

    Here the presiding deity is a Linga (Sri Ramanatha Swamy), considered as one of the twelve Jyotirlingas (jyoti=light; lingam=phallus-shaped stone worshipped as Lord Shiva). So jyotilinga or jyotilingam or jyotiling is a temple for worshipping Lord Shiva in His form as lingam of light where only the enlightened can see the column of light). In India, there are 12 such shrines. Only Hindus are allowed entry into the sanctum sanctorum.

    There are 22 wells within the temple complex where a bath (water from the well is drawn up by means of a small bucket and poured over you. No, there is no need for you to remove your clothes). Surprisingly, the water is quite warm. It is believed that the taste and temperature of each well is distinctly different from one another. In the hurly-burly of the ritual, it might be difficult to differentiate. Also, the water is supposed to possess curative powers. For the full ceremony, you need to first take a bath at the Agni Theertham, the seashore closest to the temple and then proceed to the wells. Each of the wells has a special significance ranging from getting rich to ridding oneself of a curse to purification of the heart to being pardoned of all past sins.

    The temple is perceived to be the acme of Dravidian architecture with a gopuram (tower) rising to a height of 38.4 m (126 ft.), renowned as it is for its precisely symmetrical three corridors (1220 m; 4,000 ft.) on both sides of which are mammoth granite pillars (roughly 1,200 of them) with a height of 3.6 m (12 ft.), all intricately carved. Elephants are routinely led in and out of the temple complex through these corridors. It is the longest temple corridor in India and the third one is the longest in the world with pillars. Construction began sometime in the 12th century AD.

    According to the epic Ramayan, after the abduction of Sita by the demon king, Ravan and his flight to Lanka (Sri Lanka) along with his booty, Lord Ram gave chase. At Rameswaram, Lord Ram rested while Hanuman built a bridge (also known as Adam's Bridge) over the ocean to Lanka, about 20-odd kms away. Lord Ram prayed to the sea god to assist him in making the bridge. The sea god responded by calming the sea waves. Once the bridge was complete, Lord Ram went forth, vanquished Ravan and returned to Rameswaram with his wife, Sita. He rested and prayed here again to expiate himself of the sin of having killed a Brahmin (Ravan). As such, it is a sacred site for both Vaishnavites and Shaivities and no Hindu pilgrimage is considered complete without a visit to this town. Such is the value placed on this town in terms of pilgrimage that a pilgrimage to Benaras is incomplete without a pilgrimage to Rameswaram. Hence, it is a bustling centre for pilgrims. The temple timings are from 5 am to 9 pm with a lunch break between 1 pm and 3 pm. In a day 6 ‘pujas’ are performed.

    The Third Corridor
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    The Conch Island - Danushkodi

    by anilpradhanshillong Written Aug 31, 2011

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    Dhanushkodi is a mere strip of land barely 1 kms wide and 20 kms long. It is roughly 3 kms from the Rameswaram Temple. It may be reached by boat or by surface transport or, if you prefer the mightiness of the ocean, by walking. Its barrenness was further exacerbated by the tsunami that hit this coastline on December 26, 2004. The ex-President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, hails from this fishing hamlet.

    As you turn your back to the land mass and face the waters, you are met by the calm sea of the Bay of Bengal mingling with the roughness of the Indian Ocean, the salty breeze assailing your eyes, your nose and your lips. The scene is truly incredible and as you watch the mighty ocean, you realise how utterly puny you truly are. An evening visit is magnificent as the setting sun turns the entire scene iridescent.

    These two seas resemble a bow at their confluence with the strip of land akin to an arrow on the brink of release. In the Hindu epic, ‘Ramayan’, Dhanushkodi is the place where Lord Ram anointed Vibhishan the brother of the demon king, Ravan and, at the latter’s request, broke the bridge with one end of his bow (dhanus=bow; kodi=end). Therefore the name, Dhanushkodi. Another story is that Lord Rama marked this spot for the bridge with one end of his bow.

    Prior to 1964, there was a British-built railway line as well as a railway station here. However, the devastating cyclone of 1964, destroyed the village as well as all semblance of the railway line. The tsunami has done the rest, leaving not a rack behind. To quote the great Bard:

    “Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
    As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
    Are melted into air, into thin air:
    And like the baseless fabric of this vision,
    The cloud-capp'd tow'rs, the gorgeous palaces,
    The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
    Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
    And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
    Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
    As dreams are made on; and our little life
    Is rounded with a sleep.”

    (The Tempest Act 4, scene 1, 148–158)

    View From Gandhamandana Parvatham
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    Kothanda Ramar Temple

    by anilpradhanshillong Updated Sep 4, 2011

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    Barely 12 kms from the Ramaswamy Temple is the Kothanda Ramar Temple, a sub-temple of the Ramaswamy Temple where, the Ramayan say, the brother of the demon king, Ravana, Vibhishana, surrendered to Lord Rama. Surrounded by sand on all sides, there are steep steps leading up to the main hall. Large sized murals depicting the entire scene of Vibhishana coming to meet Lord Rama, surrendering and offering his services, are on the four walls of the main hall. A video is here at VirtualTourist.

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    Gandhamandana Parvatham

    by anilpradhanshillong Updated Sep 4, 2011

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    About 3 kms from the Ramaswamy Temple is the Gandhamandana Parvatham, the highest point in the island. Climb up to the terrace and a wonderful sight awaits you as the entire island is visible from this vantage point. You can watch the greenery and in the distance, the mighty ocean. Lord Rama’s feet are supposed to be imprinted on a charka there. A video is here at VirtualTourist.

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    Beaches In Spiritual Paradise

    by anilpradhanshillong Written Aug 31, 2011

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    The two beaches, Ariaman and Vallinokkam are both virgin territory. The former is on the Palk Bay side where the waters are calmer as is about 30 kms from Rameswaram. The latter is 37 kms via Erwadi on the Ramanathapuram-Sayalkudi Tuticorin National Highway and thereafter, a 1 km walk.

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    Ramanathaswamy Temple

    by yumiyun Written May 20, 2003

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    The temple was built in 17th century over spot where Rama worshipped Shiva upon his return from Sri Lanka, slaying Ravana to rescue his wife, Sita.

    The temple is said to have the longest corridor in India. There are 22 wells in the temple holding various holy waters of India, including those from river Ganga and Yemuna.

    White gopuram over the east entrance is typical example of Dravidian architecture.

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    Gandhamadhana Parvatham

    by yumiyun Written May 20, 2003

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    Situated atop a mound, the temple is known for Rama's footprints. This is also the place where Hanuman is said to made a great leap to Sri Lanka.

    The temple is two-story on which the sanctum is on the ground floor. From the balcony upstairs, Ramanathaswamy temple can be seen, as welll as northern tip of Sri Lanka. The view across the carpet of lush green lagoons and occational sand dunes are truly fantastic.

    View from the temple top
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    Pamban bridge

    by yumiyun Written May 20, 2003

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    The longest bridge of India connecting the Rameswaram island with the Indian subcontinent.

    Below the 2.2 km bridge is a parallel railway. The view from the bridge is magnificient as well - clear blue water and lush green lagoons. This area is also acclaimed for marine biodiversity, especially coral reef.

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    Ramnathswamy temple

    by vinod-bhojak Written Apr 12, 2014

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    Ramnathswamy temple was built in the 17th century. Situated close to the sea on the eastern side of the island, this temple is famous for its 1200 gigantic granite columns. The 54 metre tall gopuram (gate-tower), 1220 metres of magnificent corridors and the flamboyant columns embellish and render fame to the temple. The water in each of the 22 sacred wells in the temple tastes different.
    The temple of Rameswaram have acquired this name because, Lord Rama worshipped Lord Shiva, the God of Gods here on return from Sri Lanka. According to legend that upon the advice of Rishis (Highly respected sages), Lord Rama along with his wife Sita and Shri Lakshmana, installed and worshipped the Sivalinga(A form of Lord Shiva) here to expiate the sin of Brahmahatya (killing of a Brahmin).Ravana, the son of Vishrava and the great grandson of Lord Brahma). Shri Rama fixed an auspicious time for the installation and sent Shri Hanuman to Mount Kailas to bring a lingam. As Bhagwan Hanuman could not return in time, Sita herself made a linga of sand. When Hanuman returned with a linga from Mount Kailas the rituals had been over. To comfort the disappointed Bhagwan Hanuman, Rama had Hanuman’s lingam (Visvalingam) also installed by the side of Ramalinga, and ordained that rituals be performed first to the Visvalingam

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    Fishermen village

    by vinod-bhojak Written Apr 13, 2014

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    I visit a fishermen village forget name near Rameswaram and I found ton of fish drying on outside and inside of houses.Rameswaram is an important fishing center of Tamil Nadu. The town is famous for its dry fish. Variety of fishes including export quality fish like prawns, sea cucumber, and lobster are available here. Rameswaram is also famous for its dry fish. Fishermen start to catch fish for sea by boat or ship. it was very nice visit.

    Fishes being dried up Ship ready to catch fish at morning time
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    Largest Temple Corridor in India

    by vinod-bhojak Written Apr 13, 2014

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    The corridor of Ramnathswamy Temple at Rameshwaram is the largest temple corridor in India. The temple has 1220 metres of magnificent corridors and has 1200 gigantic granite columns. Ramnathswamy temple was built in the 17th century. The temple is situated close to the sea on the eastern side of the island and has a 54 metre tall gopuram.

    Largest Corridor among all Hindu Temples in India. A statue inside the Corridor Corridor in temple Painting in Corridor
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