Rameshwaram Ramanathaswamy Temple in located in the Rameshwaram
District of Tamil Nadu state in India. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and
is a part of the 12 Jyotirlinga Temples and 4 Char Dham Temples in India. It is
the southernmost Jyotirlinga in India and is a world famous because of its typical
architecture. According to legend, this is the place from where Lord Rama built a
bridge Ram Setu (also known as Adam’s Bridge) across the sea to Lanka to
rescue his consort Sita from her abductor Ravan Since Lord Rama worshipped
the Linga, the Jyotirlinga was named as Ramanathaswamy, and the place was
called as Rameshwaram. The entire island of Rameshwaram and nearby areas is
associated with Lord Rama and has many as 50 Teerths or holy wells, and 22 of
them are inside the Temple.
The first of the holy wells – the Agniteertham lies immersed in the sea, and it is
100 metres from the main Temple. All devotes entering into the Temple first
take the dip in this well, as it is said to be holy and then they enter the Temple.
This is the well where Lord Rama is believed to have performed the rituals for
the Brahmahatya Dosha. Temple is renowned for magnificent corridors with
massive sculptured pillars lining it. The corridor is the longest in India. It is 197
metres long East-West, 133 metres in length South-North.
- Rameshwaram Temple is well connected by rail and airways. The Railway
station is just 1 km away from the Rameshwaram Temple and the nearest
airport is in Madurai, which is 174 km from Rameshwaram. The airport is
well connected to major Indian cities. You can get many taxis, buses, and
private vehicles from the Airport to Rameshwaram.
- The temple has no entry fees but if you want to avoid the long queue, you
could take the special darshan ticket that costs 50 rupees.
- The official timings of the temple are from morning 5:00 am to 1:00 pm
and from evening 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
- Do make sure that you have removed your footwear before entering the
- Though, the local language is Tamil, you won’t be having any difficulty
communicating in English as well as Hindi.
- Video cameras and other electronic equipment are not allowed inside the
- Don’t smoke, or eat any tobacco along the way as it is strictly prohibited.
- Don't encourage begging. Begging is strictly prohibited.
- Try to carry extra set of dress if you want to bath in sea and scared wells
in the temple.
- Food options are plenty at Rameshwaram. There are several Marwadi
Bhojanalayas near the temple and offer good food at reasonable prices.
- Luggage is not allowed inside the Temple but they do have a locker
- Please follow the queue and maintain patience and wait for the turn of
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Rameshwaram is during the winter months from October
to April. The weather stays pleasant with temperature ranging from 17 to 32
degrees. Avoid visiting in the rainy season between July and September, as it
tends to get humid thus making it difficult to enjoy sightseeing or outdoor