Rameshwaram is significant for the
Hindus. The presiding deity is the Linga Of Sri Ranganatha,
which happens to be one of the twelve Jyotirlingas
of India. Rameshwaram is popularly referred as the
'Benaras of the south'. In order to attain Moksha
it is believed that a visit to Rameshwaram is mandatory.
In fact the entire area of Rameshwaram is associated
with various incidents from the Ramayana. The city
of Rameshwaram happens to be one of the most visited
pilgrim sites in India.
The places of visit include the Ramanathaswamy
Temple, which was built in the 17th century and is
situated close to the sea on the eastern side of the
island; this temple is famous for its 1200 gigantic
granite columns. At a distance of about 100 metres
comes the Agnitheertham, where Rama worshipped Lord
Shiva, to absolve himself from the killing Ravana.Another
shrine called Gandamadana Parvatham is worth visiting.
This shrine is found at 2kms away from Rameshwaram.
A place called Dhanushkodi named after Rama's bow
is at the eastern end of the island at a distance
of 8 kms from Rameshwaram.
Pamban bridge is 3 kms long which connects the island
of Rameshwaram & Dhanuskodi to the mainland. This
is the longest bridge in India and illustrates the
marvel of the engineers. The bridge allowed meter
gauge trains to run over it since 1911. The Department
of Railways has planned to run broad guage trains
over it and the works are going on. One can have a
beautiful view of the sea while crossing through this
This is the easternmost tip of Rameshwaram. Most of
this spot is occupied by the sea during tropical cyclones.
On the way, the Kodandarama temple exists. The nearby
places Tiruppullaani & Devipatnam also have legends
associated with Ramayana.