Ramanathaswamy Temple Rameshwaram
About Ramanathaswamy Temple
Ramanathaswamy Temple is a Hindu temple ,located at Rameswaram Island in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. One of the twelve Jyothirlinga temples, where Shiva is worshipped in the form of a Jyotirlingam , it is considered a holy pilgrimage site for Shaivites, Vaishnavites and Smarthas.
According to legends, Lord Rama worshipped Lord Shiva, the God of Gods here on return from Sri Lanka to expiate the dosha of killing a Brahmin and Since there was no shrine in the island he had sent Sri Hauman to Kailash to bring an idol of Lord Shiva.
The Ramanatha Swamy Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva occupies a major area of Rameswaram.People visiting Benaras do visit Rameswaram. The primary deity of the temple is Ramanathaswamy (Shiva). There are two lingams inside the sanctum - one built by Goddess Sita and the one brought by Lord Hanuman from Kailash . The tradition of worshipping the one brought by Hanumana continues even today.
A high wall is built around the premises of the temple. Most pillars are carved with individual composition. Vasanthotsavam, Navratri, Vijayadashmi, Kantha Sasthi, Arudhra Darshanam, Thiru Kalyana festival, Ramalinga Prathista Utsavam, are celebrated with great enthusiasm.
BY AIR- The nearest airport is at Madurai, about 174 km from Rameswaram. The airport is well connected by flights to many Indian cities like Chennai, Trichy, Bengaluru and Mumbai. Pre-paid taxi services are available from the airport.
BY TRAIN- TheRameswaram railway station is the major railhead. Trains from Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Trichy, Thanjavur, Palakkad and Bengaluru halt at the station. Taxi services are available from the station.
BY ROAD- Rameshwaram is well connected by roads to other cities of Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu Road Transport Corporation buses ply regularly from Chennai, Kanyakumari, Madurai, Trichy and other cities to Rameswaram. Andhra Pradesh State Road. Transport Corporation buses also ply daily from Tirupati to Rameswaram.
- Jada tirtham.
- Hanushkodi temple.
- Five faced Hanuman temple.
- Nambu nayagiamman temple.
- Water bird sanctuary.
- Jatayu tirtham temple.
- Ariyaman beach.
- Palliyarai (Sayanagruha) Deeparadhana- 5:00 A.M.
- Saptika linga Deeparadhana- 5:10 A.M.
- Thiruvananthal Deeparadhana- 5:45 A.M.
- Vila Puja- 7:00 A.M.
- Kaalasanthi Puja- 10:00 A.M.
- Uchikala Puja- 12:00 Noon.
- Saayaraksha Puja- 6:00 P.M.
- Ardhajaama Puja- 8:30 P.M.
- Palliyarai Puja- 8:45 P.M.