Sethukarai

A place of immense religious significance, Sethukarai or the Sethu Coast is where Lord Rama is believed to have constructed the popular Rama Sethu bridge to reach Sri Lanka to rescue Goddess Sita from the clutches of Ravana. Ruins of a bridge are still visible there. Tourists can visit the Adi Sethu for a sacred bath. This is the point where Lord Rama is said to have taken a bath before leaving for Sri Lanka. A small temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman is a popular attraction in Sethukarai and draws scores of pilgrims every day. The temple is also referred to as the Sethu Bandhana Anjaneya Temple and is situated right on the seashore. Sethukarai lies at a distance of around 70 km from Rameswaram and makes for an interesting visit.

Sethukarai

Kothandaramaswamy Temple

Situated a stone's throw from Rameswaram, Kothandaramaswamy Temple is the place, as per popular belief, where Ravana's brother, Vibhishana, surrendered before Lord Rama. The temple has idols of Lord Rama, Goddess Sita, Lord Lakshmana, Lord Hanuman and Vibhishana. The walls of the temple are adorned with beautiful paintings depicting stories from the epic Ramayana. A major attraction of the temple is the Athi Maram tree, which is said to be the oldest tree here. Devotees can also visit the nearby Nandambakkam, where Lord Rama is believed to have spent a few days at the ashram of sage Bhringhi. The most suitable time to visit the temple is during the early morning hours when the place is comparatively less crowded. Tourists can also stay in the pilgrim rooms available at the temple.

Kothandaramaswamy Temple

Agnitheertham

One of the holiest places for Hindus, Agnitheertham is among the 64 sacred baths in Rameswaram and draws a large number of devotees who believe that taking a dip in the holy waters would absolve them of their sins. It spans the eastern shore facing Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple. No moon days and full moon days are considered as the most auspicious to take a bath in the waters of Agnitheertham.

 

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Agnitheertham

Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple

The most popular attraction of Rameswaram, Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple invites pilgrims from all corners of the world. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it houses one of the 12 jyotirlingas (special devotional shrines of Lord Shiva). The word 'Ramanathaswamy' means the master of Rama and refers to Lord Shiva, to whom Lord Rama prayed before setting for his journey towards Lanka to save Goddess Sita from the clutches of Ravana.

 

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Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple