Rameswaram Tourism, Tamil Nadu

Rameswaram Tourism

About Rameswaram - Tamil Nadu Tourism

Rameswaram is located on the Pamban island, in the Gulf of Mannar in Tamil Nadu, separated from the main land by Pamban channel. Rameswaram is a major pilgrim centre that is popular among tourists for its 24 theerthas or wells  around the main Ramanathaswamy temple. Rameswaram is considered as among the holiest tourist spots in India by pilgrims, being a part of the Char Dham pilgrimage. 

Hindu travellers believe that Lord Rama offered at Rameswaram, his thanks to Lord Shiva and performed pooja to wash away his sins in killing the Demon King, Ravana. According to Hindu Mythology, if one visits Rameswaram and prays to Lord Shiva one will be relieved of one’s sins. Kashi-Rameswaram holds an important place for Hindu pilgrimage tourists as it is believed that a pilgrimage that starts at Kashi or Varanasi in north of India is completed only after worship of Lord Ramanathaswamy at Rameswaram. According to Hindu mythology, Rameswaram is the place from where Lord Ram created the Ram Sethu across the sea to Lanka. 

Rameswaram is a small island in the Gulf of Mannar, which is connected to the mainland by Rail and Road Bridge. The Pamban bridge is a popular tourist attraction in Rameswaram that was opened as a railway bridge in the year 1914 and includes a double leaf bascule bridge section that can be opened to let ships pass through it. Besides a pilgrimage center, Rameswaram is also famous among travellers for its beautiful beaches at Olaikuda, Dhanushkodi and Pamban. The beaches of Rameswaram are frequented by tourists for their popularity for coral reefs, scuba diving, and migratory bird watching.

The most popular places to visit in Rameswaram is the Ramanathaswamy temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines in India. Ramanathaswamy temple has the longest corridor among Hindu temples in India with Nayak style pillars sculpted in the corridors. Another tourist attraction that is considered as holy by pilgrims in Rameswaram are 24 Theerthams or holy wells, which are considered to be holy and a bath in them is considered as equivalent to penance. Travellers must also see Dhanushkodi, which is the southern most point of Rameswaram island and houses Kothandaramasamy Temple dedicated to Lord Ram.

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