Ramanathaswamy Temple, Rameswaram

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One of the twelve temples in which Shiva is worshipped as a Jyotirlingam--a pillar of light, Ramanathaswamy Temple represents one of the country's most significant religious sites. Legend has it that Rama's wife Sita built a lingam (sacred mound of sand) in order to worship Shiva here, after the god Hanuman failed to bring her a Himalayan mountain--the biggest lingam available. Walk between huge colonnades of sandstone pillars through possibly the longest corridor in the world--197 m (646 ft) long and 133 m (436 ft) wide. See devotees bathe in 22 holy wells, which represent the arrows in Rama's quiver. Bring a small towel since its always hot and damp inside the temple. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Ramanathaswamy Temple by using our Rameswaram trip planner .
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  • I feel Blessed after Darshan...and desire to come back again and again.22 Theertham shower was like a drop of blessing on me...  more »
  • One of most ancient temples of India steeped in mythology and history.It is a huge sprawling complex but very well maintained.Amazing ancient sculptures inside  more »
  • This temple is so beautiful that the senses are awakened with piety , devotion and prayers . This beautiful temp,e reflects the devotion Shri Ram had for Lord Shiva .The corridors of the temple are wo...  more »
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  • Traveler or a Pilgrim, exploring or a ritual to perform you will be awed with the details in the artwork of this temple! Featuring the longest corridor in the world, every pillar (1212 in total) is different if you observe carefully. Travel Bags, Phones and camera are not allowed inside the temple premises so if you're on a day trip here don't worry there are many shops in front of the main entrance who will offer to keep your luggage and those gadgets for a very minimal amount. DO CONFIRM THE SHOP TIMINGS WHERE YOU HAVE KEPT YOUR LUGGAGE. FEW SHOPS DO REMAIN CLOSE IN THE AFTERNOON. Also the temple remains close for sometime in afternoon
  • This is an ancient temple. One of the Most famous temple around the world. Architecture is mind blowing. But there is no proper maintenance inside the temple. I have been there more than four times. I could see diaper and wet clothes uncleaned dust bins inside the temple. Even devotees should have some common sense that not to throw such type of things inside the temple. Temple management must take proper action against all this nonsense and should make the temple clean always.
  • Peaceful and serene. The beauty and aesthetics of this ancient Hindu temple is extraordinary. One of the twelve jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva is a must visit. An architectural marvel.
  • This is one of the holiest temples in India. It has the longest corridor with carved pillars and painted roofs which is quite beautiful. One can take a bath in the 22 holy wells or teerthams here, that costs just Rs 25. No cameras or bags allowed in, must be deposited outside.
  • Very very nice Tourist place and it is one of the four Dhams. Lord Shiva's world famous temple. -National Topper in Tourism.

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Built on a tiny island, Rameswaram offers limited accommodation options, most ranging from standard to budget--though some economy hotels still offer luxury service. Frequent visits by pilgrims have spurred a number of boutique hotels and residential-type lodgings, as well as villas. Many mid-range hotels on the eastern part of the island offer a beachfront, while shoestring travelers have a number of options across Rameswaram.
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