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Ramanathaswamy Temple, Rameswaram

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Religious Site
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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  • Mandir is quite and peaceful. People are helpful, Don't pay any agent to get the shower from 22 well's holy water. Priority Darshan can be arranged on payment basis inside the temple.  more »
  • Better to stay near the temple. Get up at 4 am, have a bath and stand in the queue at the temple. Buy a ticket for Rs 50 to have Spatikalingam darshan. Then go to the seashore and have a dip. Go a bit...  more »
  • Beautiful temple but rude temple staff..camera and handphones banned from temple.$50rupees entrance fees.  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).
  • 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.
  • Brilliant civil works and architecture. Main ritual is bathing in water from 22 holy wells. A meditative calmness feeling is always inside the temple. Main deity is lord shiva and durga.