Built in the 17th century, the temple of Ramanathaswamy is dedicated to Lord Shiva. One of the twelve Jyotirlinga Temples, it is visited by both the Vaishnavite and the Shaiva sects of Hinduism. The actual temple is believed to have been built by Lord Rama himself. It falls as one of the Dham’s in the Char Dhamyatra of the Hindus. Built in the Dravidian style of architecture, in the 12th century, the Pandya kings expanded the site of the temple and also made changes to its structure.
The Five-faced Hanuman Temple
Held in high esteem by the Hindus, this templeis just 2 kilometres away from the Ramanathaswamy Temple. It is famous for the Hindu God, Lord Hanuman. It is believed that the Lord revealed his five-faced form for the first time here, namely, Hanuman, Adivaraha, Narasimha, Hayagriva and Garuda. The idol is carved from a large senthooram stone and is smeared with sindoor by devotees. Idols of Lord Ram, Sita and Lakshmana that were brought from Dhanushkodi are also placed here. There is a floating stone in the temple which is believed to have been used in making the Ram Sethu Bridge by Lord Ram in order to rescue Sita. This is mentioned in the Hindu mythology, Ramayana.
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge
Claimed to be the first sea bridge in India, Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge is also known as Pamban Bridge. It is a cantilever bridge that connects the Rameshwaram Island with mainland India. The bridge is designed in the shape of a bow that can be raised to let ships pass beneath it. The bi-lane road, passing next to this bridge is another attraction that allows you to get a glimpse of the railway bridge.Almost 100 years old, this bridge took over 14 years to construct.
It is the second longest bridge in India, after the newly constructed Bandra-Worli sea link. This bridge is also called as the Pamban Rail Scissors Bridge, which is the longest rail bridge.
Dhanushkodi is an important pilgrimage destination on the Rameshwaram Island. The name Dhanushkodi, literally means ‘the end of the bow’. It holds great significance in Hindu mythology. It is believed that Lord Ram had built the famous bridge from its tip to go to Sri Lanka in search of his beloved wife, Sita. The place is famous for the various migratory birds that flock here and the serene view of the ocean, it offers.
This South Indian village is a must-see in Rameshwaram. Today, nothing has been left of the Dhanushkodi Temple there except for its ruins.
Adam’s Bridge, also known as Rama’s Bridgeor Rama Setu, is a historic bridge that connects Rameshwaram island of India to the neighbouring country Sri Lanka’s north-western coast.Adam’s Bridge is essentially a natural bridge made of rocks, small islands, sandbanks and stretches of coral reefs. The entire bridge is around 48 kms long and separates the Gulf of Mannar from the Palk Strait.
Mythology says that this bridge was constructed by Lord Ram, with the help of Hanuman and his army, to rescue his wife Sita from the clutches ofRavana.
Another legend says that the bridge got its name because a man namedAdam, used this bridgeto reach ‘Adam’s Peak’ situated in Sri Lanka.