Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Ramanathaswamy Temple is located on Rameswaram island in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is also one of the twelve Jyotirlinga temples and also one of the 274 Paadal Petra Sthalams where the three of the most revered Nayanars (Saivite saints), Appar, Sundarar, and Tirugnana Sambandar, have glorified the temple with their songs. The temple is one of the holiest Hindu Char Dham (four divine sites) sites comprising Badrinath, Puri, and Dwarka. Known for its spiritual significance, this temple is considered a holy pilgrimage site for Shaivites, Vaishnavites, and Smarthas. The presiding deity, the Lingam of Ramanathaswamy (Shiva), is believed to have been established and worshiped by Lord Ram.
Architecture - Dravidian architecture
Creator - Pandya and Jaffna kings
Address: Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu 623526
Website - www.rameswaramtemple.tnhrce.in
Contact No. 04573221223
History & Significance of the Temple
Lord Ram, the seventh avatar of the god Vishnu, prayed to the god Shiva to absolve him of the sin of killing a Brahmin, committed during his war against Ravana. Rama wanted to have a large lingam to worship Shiva and he asked Lord Hanuman to bring a lingam from the Himalayas. When Hanuman was delayed in bringing the lingam, Maa Sita built a small lingam out of the sand available in the seashore. That small lingam is believed to be the lingam in the sanctum.
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Agni Theertham is the primary seashore associated with the temple. There are sixty-four Tīrthas (holy water bodies) in and around the island of Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, India. Skanda Puraṇa says that out of all, twenty-four are important. Taking bathe in these Tīrthas is a major aspect of the pilgrimage to Rameswaram and is considered equivalent to penance.
Worship Timings of the Temple:
Morning - 05:00 A.M to 01:00 P.M
Evening - 03:00 P.M to 09:00 P.M
How to Reach:
- By Air: The nearest airport is at Madurai, 163 km from Rameshwaram.
- By Train: Rameshwaram is connected by rail with Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Trichy, Thanjavur, and other important cities. One can easily get regular trains to Rameshwaram from other major cities of the country. Railway Station: Rameswaram (RMM)
- By Road: The city is well connected to Madurai, Kanyakumari, Chennai, and Trichy. It is also connected to Pondicherry and Thanjavur via Madurai.
Top attractions near the temple:
- Arulmigu Subramanian Swamy Temple, Thiruchendur: This temple is known as the second Arupadai Veedu of Lord Muruga. Lord Muruga worshipped Lord Shiva in this sacred place after winning the battle with the asura, Surapadma. The temple is situated along the shores of the Bay of Bengal.
- Arultharum Mutharamman Temple, Kulasekaranpatinam: This is a must visit the temple where Goddess Muththaramman and Swami Nganamoorthiswarar Vigraham are installed combined each other. One cannot witness such combined vigraham elsewhere. It is approx. 300 years old.
- Arulmigu Sankararameswarar Temple, Thoothukudi: This is one of the ancient temples of Thoothukudi District and is dedicated to Sri Shiva as Sankara Rameswarar and Divine Mother Shakti as Arultharum Bagampriyal Udanurai Temple.
- Arulmigu Mariamman Temple, Irukangudi: This temple is located between the two rivers Vaipparu and Arjuna. As two Ganges meet here it got its name Irukkangudi. River Arjuna flowing in the Northern part of this temple originates at Mahalinga hills known as Vathira Iruppu hills in the west. According to “Thiruthankal Temple Lore” once upon a time when Pancha Pandavas came here, Arjuna prayed to Goddess Ganga and split the earth with 'Varunakanai'(arrow) forming a river. The river formed as a result came to be known as Arjuna river.