Island Of Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu
Deity Worshipped :
Linga Of Sri Ranganatha
: Pilgrimage To Rameshwaram
: One Of The 12 Jyotirlingas Of India
Located on Rameshwaram Island
(Tamil Nadu), Rameshwaram Temple
is an important Hindu pilgrimage
. The deity of worship in this temple is ‘Linga of Sri Rangnatha’.
This is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga
in India. Pilgrimage to all these Jyotirlingas including Rameshwaram is an important injunction for the Hindus. Lord Rama is said to have worshipped Shiva here on his way back from Sri Lanka. The temple is said to have originally been instituted by Rama himself with two Lingas.
The temple of Sri Ramanatha
at Rameshwaram has grown into its present gigantic dimensions over centuries. In its present form, the temple is 264m east to west and 200m north to south with three Prakaras, two big Gopuras and two unfinished ones. In South Indian Temple Architecture
, ‘Prakara’ stands for elevated walls and ‘gopura’ for the gateway to temple with pyramid-shaped monumental ornate tower.
At the main eastern entrance, stands a huge Gopura of nine-storey(38.4m high). The outermost, or third, corridor (196m long and 120.4 wide) is an architectural marvel. It has around four thousand pillars
(each 3.7m high) mounted on a 1.5m high platform.
The main shrine is a sactrum for the the Jyotirlingam’
Behind this( Sri Ramanatha shrine) , there is a sanctum for Lord Vishnu as "Sethumadhava" between the second and third prakaras. There are various shrines other deities.
There are twenty-two "thirthas"( bathing places) within and outside the temple.
A huge Nandi ( 6.7m long and 5m high sculptured bull)
stands beyond the second Prakara(elevated wall) This Jyotirlinga temple is by tradition connected with Kashi. A pilgrimage to Kashi is not considered complete without a pilgrimage to Rameshwaram. This temple is also famous as Kashi of South India.
How to Reach Varkala
The nearest airport is at Madurai, at a distance of 154-km.
Rameshwaram is well connected by trains from all the major cities of India.
State transport buses are available from the railway station to the various places in and around Rameshwaram. For local transportation taxis, auto-rickshaws, cycle-rickshaws and tongas are available. Also city bus service is available in the island
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