Rameshwaram is located in Ramanathapuram district, the town is a part of Pamban Island also known as Rameshwaram Island being associated with the legendary temple built in a marvelous Dravidian style of architecture. It is situated at the very tip of the Indian peninsula, the island is connected with Indian mainland by Pamban Bridge on Pamban Channel in Gulf of Mannar. Pamban Bridge is a cantilever bridge on the Palk Strait that connects Rameswaram to mainland India. The railway bridge is 6,776 ft (2,065 m) and was opened to traffic in 1914. The railroad bridge is a double-leaf bridge section that can be raised to let ships pass under it Rameswara means "One who is lord of Rama" (Ram yasi Eashwarah) in Sanskrit, an epithet of Shiva, the presiding deity of the Ramanathaswamy Temple.
Located in the northwestern part of Rameswaram, the Gandhamadhana Parvatham is famous as a sunset and sunrise viewpoint. It is believed that Lord Rama's footprints exist there and pilgrims from all over the country visit this holy place to see and worship them.
On this hillock which is the highest point of the island stands the double storied Mandapam of the Ramjharoka Temple, where the footprints of Lord Rama is found on the Chakra. The devotees of Lord Rama make it a point to visit this place and the temple.
This is an island from which Shri Ram has started his voyage to Lanka to kill Ravana and redeem Sita Devi, even today one can find so much of peace of mind here
It is believed that this temple is the place where LORD RAMA enthroned vibhishana as the king of Lanka.
The end of his famous bow. Bath in holy Sethu at the junction of the two seas normally precedes the pilgrimage to Rameswaram.
Dhanushkodi is an abandoned town at the south-eastern tip of Pamban Island of the state of Tamil Nadu in India. It is situated to the South-East of Pamban and is about 18 miles (29 km) west of Talaimannar in Sri Lanka. The town was destroyed during the 1964 Rameswaram cyclone and remains uninhabited in the aftermath
Gurudwara Nanak Dham::
Gurudwara Nanak Dham, A famous shrine in remembrance of Guru Nanak is situated in Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu.
Sri Guru Nanak visited Rameswaram in 1511 and stayed for 19 days on his return journey from Sri Lanka, where he preached to break the barriers of passion and prejudice.
During his stay in Rameswaram, Guru Nanak found the water in the island saline. But the spring that Guru Nanak created by digging the soil produced sweet water. Devotees still have preserved the small `mandapam,' where Sri Guru Nanak stayed and the well.
There is a memorial for Swami Vivekananda was built in this beach for commemorating his return to India on January 26, 1897, after his participation in “world parliament of Religions” held in Chigaco, America. The memorial was inaugurated on January 26, 2010. Before that, there was a pillar in this place in the remembrance of Swami Vivekananda.
There is a 6-foot statue of Swami Vivekananda with Ramanathapuram king Baskara Sethupathi (1889 to 1903) is kept inside this memorial (King Baskara Sethupathi is the sponsor of Vivekananda’s visit to The parliament of world religions held in Chicago) within this memorial there is a meditation hall and a spiritual library.
The Adi Jagannatha Temple is a South Indian Hindu temple in Thiruppullani, a village in the outskirts of Ramanathapuram in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. Constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, the temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil canon of the Azhwar saints from the 6th–9th centuries CE. It is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Adi Jagannatha and his consort Lakshmi as Padmasini.
The temple is believed to have been built during the late 8th century CE, with later contributions from Medieval Cholas, Later Pandyas, Sethupathi Kings of Ramnad. As per Hindu legend, Rama is believed to have done penance to worship the god of the ocean to seek a way to Lanka in the grass, giving the name Dharbasayanam to the place.
Devipattinam is an ancient coastal town and a port, located in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. It was a flourishing seaport and a gateway to places as far as Madurai until the early 20th century. The famous pearl belt known as the Gulf of Mannar in the Bay of Bengal is dotted with small islands; Appa Tivu, Nallathanni Theevu, Shuli Tivu, Uppu Tanni Tivu, Talari Tivu, and Musal Tivu. The coastal line of Devipattinam is formed by a series of small bays and finest coral reefs in Thiruppaalaikudi.
Devipattinam derives its name from the temple dedicated to Devi built at the spot where she is said to have killed the demon Mahishasura. It is said that Lord Rama calmed the sea at this coastal village to install nine stones representing the Navagrahas, hence the name Navabashanam. These stones can still be seen, partly submerged in the water close to the beach near a bathing place of the Thilakeshwar Temple or the Navagraha Temple.
The temple is considered sacred along the lines of Ramanathapuram, Sethu Madhava Theertham and Lakshmana Theertham.
The temple has numerous shrines, with those of Mangalanathar, Mangalambigai and Natarajar being the most prominent. The temple houses a 6 ft (1.8 m) tall ancient maragatha Nataraja idol carved out of emerald, is the one of its kind.
Uthira Kosa Mangai is a tiny hamlet, famous for the Siva temple considered to be 3000 years old, the oldest in the world.
Five faced Hanuman
There are two Five faced Hanuman statues in this temple, The bigger one is recently installed and the smaller statue inside the temple is the older one.
The small Hanuman deity inside the temple is fully covered with sindooram (A saffron-colored powder). This statue was brought from Dhanushkodi after the 1964 cyclone, The Ram, Lakshman, Sita idols in this temple were also retrieved from Dhanushkoti after the cyclone.
There are some floating stones in this temple, These stones weigh a lot but amazingly they float in the water. It is said by the priests that these stones are part of Ram Sethu (The bridge built by Lord Ram across the sea to reach Sri Lanka).
Water Bird Sanctuary
Well! Enough of religious sightseeing! I think I am making things clichéd by proving Rameshwaram as a solely religious spot. If you are here and want to explore something different other than the temples, do visit this bird sanctuary which is certainly different from the conventional sanctuaries. The best thing is you can see a lot of native as well as migratory water birds in this sanctuary. It is during the months of October to January when flocks of migratory birds fly to this land for breeding and feeding their offsprings. The bird sanctuary is located in Ramanathapuram District and indeed one of the most popular tourist places in Rameshwaram.