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Arulmigu Ramanathaswamy Temple, Rameswaram - History


      Rameswaram is one of the oldest and most famous pilgrimage center in india. it is associated with the history of the ramayana period. Rameswaram Temple is also the symbol of indan integrity. The Kasi pilgrimage is considered to be one of the most important religious duties of the people. The kasi yatra is complete only after worshipping Ramanathaswamy in Rameshwaram.

      Rameswaram is the only south indian siva temple of the four majour temples of india viz, Rameswaram, Dawrka, Puri and Badrinath. Of these char Dham, Rameswaram is the only Shiva temple and the other three are vaishnava temples. Out of the Twelve Jyotirlingas eleven are located to the north and only Rameswaram is in the south indian. The Place is called as Rameswaram because of the worship of shiva (Ishvara) by Sri Ramapran in this place.

      The Hymns of Thirunavukkarasar, Thirugana Sankara, Arunagirinathar Muthuswami Dixithar and many other saints have sung the glory of the shiva and goddess of theis temple. teh temple is situated about 15 acres in an idyllic conch shaped island. The 22 sacred theerthams located inside the temple make the body of the body and heart clean. Taking holy bath in these theerthams is considered very sacred.