Rameshwaram, un important centre de pèlerinage est désigné comme
Varanasi en Inde du Sud. Rameshwaram est une île située dans le golfe
de Mannar à la pointe de la péninsule indienne dans le Tamil Nadu.
L'île sacrée de Rameshwaram est d'environ 173 km. de Madurai et à
seulement 80 kms. loin de Sri Lanka. L'île religieuse se propage dans
une zone de 61,8 kilomètres carrés. et se trouve être dans la forme
d'une conque. Cette île est le lieu où le Seigneur Rama adoré Shiva de
Seigneur afin de nettoyer les péchés après avoir tué Ravana, le roi de
Lanka et a également construit le pont sur la mer pour apporter son
épouse, Sita de Ravana. Cet endroit est sacré pour les fidèles des
deux Vishnu et Shiva. Rameshwaram est aussi l'un des lieux de
pèlerinage le plus visité en Inde. On croit aussi que le pèlerinage à
Kashi est pas considérée comme complète sans un pèlerinage à
Rameshwaram. Le point culminant de l'île a les empreintes du Seigneur
Rama. Rameshwaram est aussi un lieu d'où le ferry pour le Sri Lanka (Talaimannar)
The nearest airport is
located at Madurai, about 175 kms away.
Rameshwaram is well
connected with Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Trichy and Thanjavur
Rameshwaram is connected
with all the important towns of Tamil Nadu.
Ranganathaswamy Temple is the famous temple at Rameshwaram. This
temple is believed to have been built on the site where Rama
worshipped Shiva in order to do penance for killing the Ravana, king
of Lanka. This temple is one of twelve Jyotirlingas of India,
dedicated to Lord Shiva. The main deity of this temple is the Linga of
Sri Ranganatha. This temple is one of the most beautiful shrines in
terms of sculptures. This temple rises above a lake as a vast
rectangle about 1,000 feet long and 650 feet wide and covers an area
of 15 acres. This temple belongs to the 12th century and was built by
the different rulers over a period of time and was completely built
after three centuries. One of the remarkable feature of the temple is
its corridor. This corridor is the longest corridor in the country
that extends to 1200 metres and is flanked on either side by ornate
pillars. Each pillar is an
individual composition carved out of solid granite. Some of the
leading architects have also described the temples as the most evolved
of all Dravidian temples. There are twenty-two wells in the temple and
the taste of the water in each well is different from each other.
The Kothandaramaswamy Temple is another famous temple at Rameshwaram.
This temple has idols of Rama, Sita, Lakshman, Hanuman and Vibhishan,
the main characters of the epic Ramayana.
The Kurusadai Island is located close to Rameshwaram. The Kurusadai
Island is one of a cluster of 16 islands in the region. The waters
surrounding the islands are a biological paradise with rich and rare
marine life and coral reefs.
The Dhanushkodi is situated at the eastern end of the island at a
distance of 8 kms from Rameshwaram. Dhnushkodi is named after the
Rama's bow. The waters of the Bay of Bengal and Indian ocean meet
here. Bathing at this place is considered very auspicious by the
Hindus. The bridge here is known as the Adam's bridge and the boulders
around the sea are believed to be used by Hanuman to reach across Sri
Lanka. Dhanushkodi was completely destroyed by the cyclones of 1964.
This highest point on the island lies just 3kms. North of the shrine.
A two storeyed mandapam her is believed to have an imprint of the
Lord,Rama’s feet on a charka. On the way are Sukreevar Temple and
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