is an island situated in the gulf of manner
at the very tip of the Indian peninsula.
A very important pilgrim centre of the
Indians. Rameshwaram is the place from
where Lord Rama, built a bridge across
the sea to rescue his consort Sita, from
her abductor, Ravana. This is also the
place where Rama worshipped Lord Shiva
to cleanse away the sin of killing Ravana.
Both the Vaishnavites and Shaivites visit
this pilgrimage which is known as the
Varanasi the south.
is significant for the Hindus as a pilgrimage
to Benaras is incomplete without a Pilgrimage
to Rameshwaram. The presiding deity
is the Linga Of Sri Ranganatha, which
happens to be one of the twelve Jyotirlingas
of India. Rameshwaram is also popularly
referred to as the 'Benaras of the south'.
In order to attain Moksha it is believed
that the visit to Rameshwaram is mandatory.
to the Hindu mythology i.e. the story
of Ramayana Lord Rama performed thanksgiving
rituals to Lord Rama after the battle
at Sri Lanka and his triumph over the
demon king Ravana. Owing to this Rameshwaram
attracts Vaishnavites (worshippers of
Lord Vishnu) and Saivites (worshippers
of Lord Shiva) alike. Sri Lanka is at
a distance of 24 kilometers from Rameshwaram.
In fact the entire area of Rameshwaram
is associated with various incidents
from the Ramayana. Rameshwaram happens
to one of the most visited pilgrim sites
Dhanushkodi named after Rama's bow,
is at the eastern end of the island
at a distance of 8 kms from Rameshwaram.
The boulders around the sea between
Srilanka and this place known as Adam's
bridge, are believed to be used by Hanuman
to reach across Srilanka. Dhhanushkodi
was completely destroyed by the cyclones
of 1964. Kothandaramaswamy temple is
the only salvage of the cyclone. Idols
of Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, Hanuman and
Vibhishana (brother of Ravana), surrendered
to Rama, here.
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