Rameshwaram is an important
south- Indian Pilgrimage center situated at the tip of the Indian
Peninsula. Rameshwaram the island is often called the 'Benaras of
South'. It is essential to visit Rameshwaram once in a lifetime
for attaining salvation of soul. Pilgrimage to Kashi has to complete
their divine trip after coming to Rameshwaram. According to Hindu
Mythology Lord Rama built a bridge across the sea here to save his
companion Sita, from the authority of the demon king, Ravana. The
Rameshwaram Island covers an area of about 61.8 sq km and considered
as the most visited pilgrim site in India. Rameshwaram is the spot
where Rama worshipped Lord Shiva to wash away the sin of Ravana.
This Pilgrimage is visited by both the Vaishnavites and Shaivites
Prime pilgrimage centers of Rameshwaram
Ramanathaswamy Temple: This world-class divine
spot is constructed in17th century located close to
the sea of the eastern side of Rameshwaram temple.
The exact location of the temple is in the Gulf of
Mannar. It is the most prominent temple of South India bearing 1,200
granite columns. The two walls of the temple signify two different
taste its embellished columns and flamboyant interiors add charm to
beauty of the Temple. It is a gigantic temple having 54-meter tall
gopuram (gate-tower) and 1220 meters of splendid corridors.
Agnitheertham: This temple is located very close
to the Ramanathswamy temple and bears that particular
location where Rama worshiped Lord Shiva. This shrine
is visited by pilgrims to a greater extent because
it bears an imprint of Lord’s
feet on a Chakra. Gandamadana Parvatham is located
just two kilometers from the temple Agnitheertham.