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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. To visit Ramanathaswamy Temple and other attractions in Rameswaram, use our Rameswaram trip itinerary maker.
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  • The architecture of the temple was very good. If you are interested to see historical places, this temple is good to visit. 
  • The temple is a must visit place for Shiva devotes. The temple has 22 wells named after gods/ goddesses and it is widely believed that taking bath from the waters of all wells will exonerate one from ...  more »
  • Ancient temple of magnificence.. many grand old relics.. awesome precision of sculptures and alignment - especially the third prahara... @ elders and kids - be prepared to bath in 22 theertha inside t...  more »
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  • This one of the 12 jyothirlingas of lord Siva. Very big temple. Lord Rama established this lingam and prayed to Siva to resolve his sin as he killed Ravana who got Brahmanism. Hence it called rameswaram. There are 22 holy Wells in this temple. I had bath in this temple. Each well one guy and they will pour water on the devotees. I will advice guys who want sacred bath in temple go with simple clothes.once you had bath change the dress in temple. There are places to change dress. They will not allow Swami darshan if clothes are wet. Once you had holy bath change dress inside temple and had darshan. So request you get one extra pair clothes if you want bath in 22 Wells inside temple.
  • Rameswaram is known for one of India’s most venerated and most visited Shiva shrines, dedicated to Sri Ramanathaswamy. It is so intimately associated with the life of Sri Rama, the hero of the epic Ramayana, that both Saivites and Vaishnavites consider every grain of Rameswaram’s sand very sacred. There is a traditional belief among the Hindus that a pilgrimage to Kashi will be complete only after a visit to Rameswararn, also hailed as “Benaras of the South”. Pilgrims aspire for a holy dip in the sea at Dhanushkodi, revered as Sethu Theertha, where the Mahodathi (Bay of Bengal) meets Ratnakara (Indian Ocean).
  • Visiting this temple needs luck and good karma.. A lifetime experience... Dont forget to perform the 'sarvapaaponasham" kriya.
  • Rameshwaram is that a place enjoy the archtecture sea, of course no sand beach marvellous temple. Worth seeing. Connected well by road and rail
  • This is one of the best and wonderful experience i hve ever had... bathing in all the 22 wells, standing in a long line before reaching the main temple and then seeing milk being poured in the lingam is jst breathtaking... u will forget all your worries...the punya that u will gain can't be compared... This temple is a complete package of all historical stories of Rama, Sita and Hanuman...Everyone should go to this temple and beleive me u'll nvr regret for that...