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Rameshwaram Temple, Tamil Nadu

Rameshwaram is one of the most sacred Hindu pilgrimage centres in India. However, a pilgrimage to Varanasi as well is not considered complete without a visit towards the temple of Sri Ramanatha in the island of Rameshwaram, where Lord Rama worshipped Lord Shiva on his way back from his triumphant expedition to Lanka. The temple is stated to enshrine one in the 12 Jyotirlingas of India. Pilgrims flock over towards the place to fulfill one of probably the most historic injunctions of Hindus and which has lengthy been a tradition of South Indian people, specially Tamilians. Shaped like a conch, this colossal temple was originally constructed by Lord Rama himself. A magnificent railway bridge connects the island towards the mainland. One can see Sethu right here, the bridge said to become constructed by Sri Rama and his army to cross over to Lanka and the Sethupathis of Ramanathapuram (ancient title of Rameshwarm) had been referred to as the 'guardians in the Sethu'.

The Ramanatha tample sports activities three Prakaras, four Gopurams (two of which are incomplete) and two Lingas underneath worship together with twenty-two 'Tirthas' or sacred bathing locations in its complicated. One in the colossal Gopuram has about four thousand pillars and looks like a methodically set-up forest. The major sanctum enshrines Linga of Sri Ranganatha, which was made by Goddess Sita herself and was instituted by Lord Rama. Even so, there is yet another Linga of Vishvanatha, which was stated to become made by Hanuman and was blessed to be worshipped initial to pacify his anger on finding on using the ceremony withoutwaiting for him. Other highlights of Rameshwaram are Gandamadhana Parvata, Sri Kodandarama temple at Dhanushkodi, temple at Tiruppullani exactly where the Lord obtained divine bow and arrows from its presiding Deity as well as the temple of Sri Anjaneya at Sethu.

How to Reach
Air - The nearest airport is at Madurai, 163 km from Rameshwaram.

Rail - The railway network connects Rameshwaram to and from Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Trichy and Thanjavur. The 2 km lengthy Indira Gandhi Bridge connects the island of Rameshwaram using the mainland of Mandapam.

Road - Properly connected by roads and bus solutions to all of the key metropolitan areas close by, specially, Thiruvallur, Kanyakumari, Trichy, Pondicherry, Tanjore and Chennai.