India is a land of rich culture and heritage. Each state of India has a unique specialty and Tamil Nadu, a well known state of south India also has its rich legacy. Rameswaram Dham, a famous religious destination of India, counted among four dhaams of India, is located in the Ramnathpuram district of Tamil Nadu. Approximately 572Km away from the capital city of Tamil Nadu, this place is well connected to travel on. The surroundings of Pamban Island on which the holi city is located provides an iconic view to the pilgrims. Pamban Bridge connects Pamban island to the Indian region. Rameswaram Island is about 50 Km from the Mannar Island of Sri Lanka. If you are taking your journey by train then Rameswaram will appear as the last railway station from Chennai and Madurai. Now, it has become a vibrant religious center for the followers of Hinduism.
According to the ancient records, this place is known for the construction of Adam Bridge widely known as Rama Setu by Hindu Lord Rama, the seventh avatar of the god Vishnu. Ram Setu is constructed over sea connecting India to Sri Lanka. It is said that the bridge was constructed to rescue Seeta, wife of Lord Rama who was kidnapped by the demon king Ravana. According to Hindu mythology, Rama prayed to Lord, to help him in building a bridge over sea. Lord Varun blessed him and reduced the intensity of the waves of the sea so that a stone bridge could be constructed.
The Ramanathaswamy Temple is the most distinguished historic place of the town. Located in the centre of town, this temple is a famous Hindu pilgrim dedicated to the God Shiva. The temple is among the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines. The town along with the Ramanathaswamy temple is considered one of the holiest Hindu Char Dham sites including Badrinath, Puri and Dwarka. Dhanushkkodi is another holi shrine located at the southernmost tip of the island. The Kothandaramaswamy Temple dedicated to Rama is the most famous temple at this site. It is considered that Dhanushkodi is where Vibishana, a vaishnav and a brother of Ravana surrendered himself before Rama in the epic Ramayan.
Due to the presence of sea, the area has sandy soil and it comprises many islands surrounding it. The place has dry tropical climate with low humidity. This place is known as Varanasi of the South just because of the religious importance of this place. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, the missile man and former Indian President was born and brought up in Dhanushkodi. He grew up in a small fisherman’s village.
Rameswaram provides a serene view to the visitors. The beaches of Rameswaram have abundance of facilities. The stunning sea at Rameswaram beach is calm and free from almost any kind of the waves. Do visit to this stunning place to enjoy nature along with a pilgrimage trip to sooth your soul.