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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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  • Grand big temple with huge area just beside the sea . We had a special darshan for Rs.50 / - per person . The idle of Lord Shiva was lid amidst hundreds of diyas .Photography inside the temple was not...  more »
  • Very peaceful experience. The temple has a tourist desk at entrance where u can get all information and not necessarily go by the pandit  more »
  • This temple is amazing and is huge that one can be lost if not walking with family. It has 22 wells in which everyone takes bath and it takes 3-4 hours in that. Before taking this bath one has to take...  more »
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  • Love the temple, must visit place. one should take dip on all 22 wells. Have spare cloths for change after dip, They will not allow to see God with wet cloth. They have change room very basic. Outside of temple you'll find auto guys for temple trip 250 to 300 for a group in an auto for 10 items. instead of car try this, you'll not have headache of parking and finding directions.
  • Oh My God-what a grand lively temple complex.This is a grand Lord Shiva temple. The belief is to first take a bath at the sea followed by taking a dip on all 22 wells. Have spare cloths for change after dip, They will not allow to see God with wet cloth. They have change room very basic. The complex is very large and beautiful.Good and historic temple, One of the Jothirlinga had darshan evening as well as morning , temple facilities are not up to the mark. Be careful about cheating people mobile and electronics gadgets are not allowed at the temple. holy well water bath some times very rush so be careful and protect your valuable stuffs. Over all experience is nice I would like to visit again. Give a thumbs up👍 and reply if my reviews helps you. Your feedback helps me improve and keeps motivated. Thank you.
  • Temple's architecture is real nice. Very beautiful. Shops inside the temple who sells sea-shell jewellery were also nice and reasonable. I give 4 stars as temple was really a good architecture. But I just have to take the 1 star off as temple was very badly managed. I just wished the temple management should have kept this temple clean & little disciplined. No proper places to keep the foot-ware. How ever the near by temple they give very good lockers for Rs. 10 which was really good. Temple staff seems to be little mean & were more interested in making money. No proper instruction for darshan tickets (For express darshan - 50 rs. is the charge).
  • Awesome temple, there are about 25 wells and the water tastes different in each one. The samadhi of the great siddha pathanjali is in a small room here but unnoticed by everyone. If you do mediation there it's very effective
  • This is the biggest temple in India in terms of area. One of the four sacred centre of pilgrimage according to Indian mythology. Very calm, pleasant place which is free from the urban chaos.

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Where to stay in Rameswaram

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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