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Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple Rameshwaram Address: Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, 623526, India

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Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple Rameshwaram Timings

Day Timing
Monday 5:00 am – 1:00 pm
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 am – 1:00 pm
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wedesday 5:00 am – 1:00 pm
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 am – 1:00 pm
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday 5:00 am – 1:00 pm
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 am – 1:00 pm
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sunday 5:00 am – 1:00 pm
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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pooja timings- http://www.rameswaramtemple.tnhrce.in/poojas-rameswaram.html

Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple is the most popular temple of Rameshwaram, which is a small island connected to the mainland via Pamban Bridge. It is undoubtedly the most important part of a Rameshwaram tour. Known for its intricate works, majestic towers and corridors this temple is a fine example of architecture excellence. This highly sacred temple is one of the 12 jyotirlingas in India and is visited by almost every Hindu devotee. This temple has 22 theerthams, bathing in which is believed to atone sins of devotees. Sri Ramanathaswamy temple is regarded with high significance even in holy scripture of Hindu religion. It is associated with Lord Rama and his successful rescuising of Goddess Sita after killing demon Ravana as while on their way back to Ayodhya, it is here that Lord Rama had worshipped Lord Shiva.

The religious importance of this temple can be seen from the popular belief according to which a visit to pilgrimage Kashi is incomplete without a visit to Rameshwaram temple. Since ancient time, devotees would walk and spend months and years on travel for visiting both the shrines.

Legend of Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple

According to the legend behind Sri ramanathaswamy Temple, Lord Rama had worshipped Lord Shiva here. Lord Rama, who is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, while coming back after killing demon Ravana had offered his prayers to Lord Shiva. Demon Ravana, who had abducted Goddess Sita, was a Brahmin king. As Lord Rama had killed him to end his cruelties and to rescue the Goddess, had decided to seek atonement by worshipping Lord Shiva. In order to offer prayers, Lord Rama had asked Hanuman to get lingam from Himalayas. However, Hanuman couldn't return with lingam on time owing to which Goddess Sita has created a lingam herself. Lord Rama then worshipped Lord Shiva at the pre decided auspicious moment. Pleased, Lord Shiva blessed Lord Rama and upon his request also manifested himself in the lingam. It is the believed that the same lingam is now present in the sanctum of the temple.

As per the legend, the lingam brought by Hanuman from Kailash has also been kept in the temple. The lingam is known as Vishwalingam or Hanumalingam. As per the instructions of Lord Rama, prayers are offered at Hanumalingam first before offering prayers to the Lord Ramanathaswamy.

History and Architecture of Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple

The ancient shrine of Sri Ramanathaswamy temple is believed to be in a humble thatched hut until 12th century. It was later built as a concrete temple by Sethupathy rulers. The major additions to the temple were done from 12th to 16th century during the various reigns. In 13th century, stone blocks were shipped from Koneswaram temple, Trincomalee to renovate sanctum sanctorum of this temple. It was during the rule of King Jeyaveera Cinkaiariyan. Many kingdoms such as Mysore, Travancore, Pudukottai, Ramanathapuram, etc., have also contributed a lot for the development of this temple, resulting in a magnificent structure. Few of the additions to the temple happened later as well, for instance the majestic corridor of the temple was built in 18th century. The present structure of Sri Ramanathaswamy temple was built during 17th century.

The present structure of Sri Ramanathaswamy temple is spread across 15 acres of land. Its majestic pillars, vast corridors, walls and gopurams allure every visitor. Its granite walls have intricate carvings have been mounted on a raised platform. This temple is surrounded by huge walls on all the four sides with height of almost 865 feet to 657 feet. The outer corridors of Rameshwaram temple is considered as the longest in the world, with a total length of 3850 feet for all the corridors. There are around 1212 pillars in the outer corridor with a height of 30 feet while the main tower of Rajagopuram has a height of around 53 meter.

There are majestic gopurams at the east and west while gate towers adorned the temple on the northern and southern side. There are many intriguing aspects of this temple which leaves everyone mesmerised. It is also said that the rocks used in corridor is not from this region but were brought from somewhere outside Tamil Nadu. Another striking feature is the paved way from western gopuram to Setumadhava shrine is in the form of a chess board, presenting a unique view. It is called as Chokkattan Mandapam where deities are kept during the Spring Festival.

The main deity of this temple is Lord Shiva in the form of lingam. This is the lingam which was created by Goddess Sita and was installed by lord Rama who had prayed to Lord Shiva here. This temple has two lingams; the second lingam, in the temple is one one which was bought by Hanuman from Kailash, known as Vishwalingam or Hanumanlinga. There are shrines of Goddess Visalakshi, Parvathavardhini, Lord Vinayaka and Lord Subramanya, Utsava Idol, Sayanagriha, and Perumal as well. Another important idol is of Nandi, this massive statue with a height of 17.5 feet and a length and width of 23 and 12 feet respectively moves devotees not only with its religious aura but also with incomparable sculpting excellence. The shrines in the temple are Parvathavardhini, Vishwanatha & Visalakshi, Sayanagruha (Palliyarai), Jyothirlinga, Sethumadava, Sri ramanthaswamy Temple is also known for its temple tanks as well. There are 22 theertham inside this temple. Devotees from all her the world come to these theerthams to atone their past sins. Agni Theertham is the first theertham and considered to be the one of the most important ones.

Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple, Rameshwaram Timings

Opening timings of Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple, which popular known as Rameshwaram Temple is from 5 AM to 1 PM, while in evening it opens for darshan from 3 Pm to 9 PM. This temple is open on all days of the week.

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