Rameshwaram, as the name indicates is the holy place of Ram in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is one of the Four Dhams worshipped by Hindus. Rameshwaram is hallowed by the presence of Lord Shiva worshipped by Lord Rama, the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu. In the Ramayana, this is the site from where the monkey army began to build the Ram Setu to reach Ravana’s Lanka, an issue of much controversy today. This is also where Sita is said to have built a Shiva lingam on her return from Lanka.
Tracing back the roots of the Ramayana, this highly respected temple is one among the 12 Shiva Jyotirlinga temples in India, our guide chips in. It was expanded during the 12th century by Pandya Dynasty, and its principal shrines sanctum were renovated by Jeyaveera Cinkaiariyan and his successor Gunaveera Cinkaiariyan of the Jaffna kingdom. The temple finds a mention in the ancient Hindu Puranas like Skandha Purana, Shiva Purana and has been glorified by numerous saints and sages like Appar, Sundararand Tirugnana Sambandar with their hymns and verses over the years.
I recommend hiring a bandit for doing all the rituals as they help you with the puja and also act as a Tourist guide.
Air: Approximately 177 kilometers away, Madurai airport is the nearest airport from Rameshwaram.
Train: This is the most convenient and preferred mode of transport. Located on GP Road in Rameshwaram, the railway station in the city is well-connected with most Indian cities.
Road: The road network in Rameshwaram is quite good and the town is well-connected with major cities including Kanyakumari, Chennai, Pondicherry and Madurai.
As I close my eyes one final time, before moving out from the darshan area, I feel the light., allowing it to soak in, flow through the darkest chambers of my heart. With new experience and a little light heartedness, I proceed towards my other destination. Stay tuned for more.