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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  • October 3, 2017
    The temple is not so perfectly maintained. But they had put guidance boards all over the temple in all three languages. My advise is to wear long shorts for theertha snanams. You can change your dress...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    Ramanathaswamy Temple is one of the Jyothirlingas in India... and there are several stories/ histories beyond this Temple... which can not be explained in short... very big temple and nice art work on...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    To visit this temple reach before 9 pm to nearby hotel (book and confirm) if not book cant get any lodge, took food before 10 pm over crowd all restaurant close at 10 pm, next day morning took bath re...  more »
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  • May 25, 2017
    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.
  • May 30, 2017
    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.
  • May 18, 2017
    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).
  • July 15, 2017
    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
  • May 18, 2017
    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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