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.

General Information

  • 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.

Visitor Information

  • Do make sure that you have removed your footwear before entering the temple premises.
  • 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 temple.
  • 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 facility.
  • Please follow the queue and maintain patience and wait for the turn of Darshans.

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 activities.



Mahashivratri, started with car festival in the morning, this is celebrated for 12 day. Deities of the temple are taken in procession.



Palliyarai Deepa Arathana: 5:00 am, Spadigalinga Deepa Arathana: 5:10 am, Thiruvananthal Deepa Arathana: 5:45 am.

Brahmahatya Dosha Pooja


This Pooja is performed to get rid of Brahmahatya Dosha present in one's horoscope.

Pitru Tarpanam / Thila Homam


This Pooja is dedicated to the ancestors to seek their blessings, and to help their souls rest in peace.



Vila Pooja: 7:00 am Kalasanthi Pooja: 10:00 am Uchikala Pooja: 12:00 noon Sayaratcha Pooja: 6:00 pm Arthajama Pooja: 8:30 pm Palliyarai Pooja: 8:45 pm.



Thirukalyanam, is celebrated between July-August, people celebrates the marriage of god Ramanathaswamy (Shiva) and the goddess Parvathavarthini.

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House

12/7 Mosque Street, Rameshwaram.

Former A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, provided inspiration and motivation to everyone. it is situated Mosque street, Rameshwaram.



Dhanushkodi beach, is near Dhanushkodi ghost town, situated southeast of Pamban Island of Tamil Nadu. This is place of great historic importance and scenic beauty.

Ram Setu


Ram Setu, refers to the bridge built by the army of Lord Rama. it is also known as Adam's Bridge. The bridge is 48 km long and separated the Gulf of Mannar. It takes 30 minutes to reach from Dhanushkodhi beach.

Ahaan Restaurant

NH-49, Madurai Rameshwaram Highway, Rameshwaram.

Ahaan - the restaurant , Rameswaram is a perfect destination for a great time with your dear ones. Enjoy the attractions of this popular tourist spot.

Shabari Restaurant

20/47-A, Sangumal, Olaikuda Village Road, Near Agni Teertham, Rameshwaram.

Hotel Harish

No 2/7, East Bazzar Street, Rameshwaram.

Hotel Harish is located in Rameswaram. The Rameshwaram Railway Station and the Rameshwaram Bus Station are within 1.5 km. Free WiFi access is available is available in the public areas of the property.

Daiwik Hotels

NH- 49, Madurai Rameswaram Highway, Rameshwaram.

Situated less than 1 km from the Ramanathaswamy Temple on the island of Rameswaram, this hotel houses a spa and a restaurant. It offers complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout its premises.


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