an island situated in the gulf of manner at the very
tip of the Indian peninsula. A very important pilgrim
centre of the Indians. Rameshwaram is the place from
where Lord Rama, built a bridge across the sea to rescue
his consort Sita, from her abductor, Ravana. This is
also the place where Rama worshipped Lord Shiva to cleanse
away the sin of killing Ravana. Both the Vaishnavites
and Shaivites visit this pilgrimage which is known as
the Varanasi the south.
Rameshwaram is significant for the Hindus as a pilgrimage
to Benaras is incomplete without a Pilgrimage to Rameshwaram.
The presiding deity is the Linga Of Sri Ranganatha,
which happens to be one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of
India. Rameshwaram is also popularly referred to as
the 'Benaras of the south'. In order to attain Moksha
it is believed that the visit to Rameshwaram is mandatory.
According to the Hindu mythology i.e. the story of Ramayana
Lord Rama performed thanksgiving rituals to Lord Rama
after the battle at Sri Lanka and his triumph over the
demon king Ravana. Owing to this Rameshwaram attracts
Vaishnavites (worshippers of Lord Vishnu) and Saivites
(worshippers of Lord Shiva) alike. Sri Lanka is at a
distance of 24 kilometers from Rameshwaram. In fact
the entire area of Rameshwaram is associated with various
incidents from the Ramayana. Rameshwaram happens to
one of the most visited pilgrim sites in India.
Dhanushkodi named after Rama's bow, is at the eastern
end of the island at a distance of 8 kms from Rameshwaram.
The boulders around the sea between Srilanka and this
place known as Adam's bridge, are believed to be used
by Hanuman to reach across Srilanka. Dhhanushkodi was
completely destroyed by the cyclones of 1964. Kothandaramaswamy
temple is the only salvage of the cyclone. Idols of
Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, Hanuman and Vibhishana (brother
of Ravana), surrendered to Rama, here.
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