Rameshwaram is a holy place because Sri Rama, on his return from Sri Lanka, offered his thanks to Lord Shiva and performed pooja to wash away his sin in killing the Demon King, Ravana. Besides pilgrimage, Rameshwaram Island has several places, which are ideal picnic spots. It is a main fishing centre of Tamil Nadu. It has many tourist places to visit, there are very nice sightseeing and attractions which are must see. Details on Rameshwaram city and tourist places can be gathered from this article.
- Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple – This temple situated near the sea on the eastern side of the island is renowned for its magnificent prakaras or corridors with massive sculptured pillars on either side. Different rulers built the temple as it stands today, at different periods from the 12th century A.D. Pooja is performed for an hour early morning daily to the Spadikalingam that was given by the Shankaracharya to this temple. There is a popular belief that one needs to take bath in 22 theertha kundams with in the temple premises before having darshan. It is believed that the water from these kundams have some medicinal properties. The history of the temple is linked with “Ramayan” and it is believed the the diety was installed by Lord Rama after the war with Ravana at the instance of the great saints to get rid of the “Brahma Dosham”. It is a peaceful place which brings positive thoughts and smiles on the faces of tourists.
- Agnitheertham – It is one of the major Rameshwaram attractions. Many devotees come here to worship the lord as well as to take bath in the holy well of the temple. One will find 22 wells here and it is said that people can wash their sins from the water of these wells. The holy place has its own importance in the heart of many devotees. The water at this place is considered sacred and known as Agni theertham. Pilgrims perform poojas in honour of their ancestors at this seashore.
- Gandamadana Parvatham – It is also a renowned temple in this region. It is a hillock situated 3 km away and is the highest point in the island. Here one can see the imprint of Lord Rama’s feet on a chakra. The entire island of Rameswaram is visible from this point.
- Satchi Hanuman Temple – is considered to be the place where Hanuman delivered the good news of finding Sita to Rama with satchi or evidence, Choodamani or the jewel that belonged to Sita. The Hanuman Temple is amazing as it showcases the exploits and adventures of Hanuman via a live movie which shows the feats such as Hanuman flying in the air and other feats which helped Ram overcome tough obstacles to win the war. The movie consists of the wooden statues which move around like puppets depicting the story of Ramayana.
- The Five-faced Hanuman Temple – The most well known temple of Rameshwar is the “Five Faced Hanuman Temple” where legend has that it was at this point where Lord Hanuman revealed his profile as one having five faces and was decorated with senthooram after the revelation. The idols of the temple are Lord Rama, Lord Laxman, Goddess Sita and Lord Hanuman and are worshipped and revered as if they are actually living beings with souls in them as believed. Hanuman Followers visit this temple regularly.
- JadaTheertham– It is a famous temple of the city which has great historical backdrop. Though the temple is small but its value is too high. Inside this small temple, you will find a large ‘peepal tree’.
- Nambu Nayagiamman Temple – is greatly venerated by the people of Ramnad District. It is situated 8 km from the main temple in Rameswaram on the way to Dhanushkodi. The temple is credited for its gigantic bells, which are tied at the temple entrance, and huge gardens that add to its beauty and simplicity. In addition, there is an open shrine that allows sunlight to enter the complex.
- Kothandaramaswamy Temple – Nestled on the southernmost tip of the country, Kothandaramaswamy temple has gone through with some critical times in the past. During the cyclone, the temple stood strong whereas several nearby areas were washed away completely. It is located 12 km away from Rameswaram. A popular belief is that Vibishana, brother of Ravana, surrendered before Rama here.
- Dhanushkodi – Dhanushkodi was completely washed away by the 1964 cyclone but still its importance and value remains in the hearts of people. It is also place worth visiting for its scenic beauty and bird life.
- Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge – is also known as the Pamban Bridge that connects the Rameswaram Island with the main land. It is the longest sea bridge in India and its length is nearly 2.2 km and stands as a fine example for Indian architecture. The bridge was constructed with sufficient elevation. The islands near by and parallel rail bridge below can be viewed from this bridge.
So, plan your visit to all of the above places, don’t miss any of them