My trip to Rameshwaram for pilgrimage, adventure & historic reasons
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History of Rameshwaram
The town of Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu is one of the holiest places in India. Its history dates back to the times of Ramayana. According to a Hindu mythology, Lord Rama worshipped Lord Shiva in Rameshwaram on his return from Sri Lanka after killing Ravana and getting back Goddess Sita. It is said that the Ramanathaswamy Temple is built by Lord Rama. Hence the temple and the town of Rameshwaram were named after Lord Rama.
People and Culture of Rameshwaram
Being one of the popular pilgrimages of the Hindus, Rameshwaram is full of tourists all year round. Majority of the people here are Hindus and main language spoken here are Tamil, Hindi and English.
Maha Shivratri, Dusshera, Arudhra Darshanam, Diwali, Thai Amavasya and Mahalaya Amavasai are festivals which are celebrated with immense significance.
Things to Do in Rameshwaram
Besides being a pilgrimage, Rameshwaram is situated at the tip of Indian Peninsula and is connected to mainland India Pamban Bridge. There are several places to visit in Rameshwaram. Rameshwaram Temple is undeniably one of the major places to see in Rameshwaram. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is the holiest place to worship for the Hindus. Another popular sightseeing in Rameshwaram is Agnitheertham. The water of Agnitheertham is believed to be sacred and is considered to be the very spot where Rama worshipped Lord Shiva after his return from Sri Lanka.
Ramanathaswamy Temple is another one of Rameshwaram attractions. The temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva and is also popular for its splendour architecture. Rameshwaram sightseeing is also incomplete without a visit to the Five Faced Hanuman Temple. In this temple, Lord Hanuman is said to have revealed his five identities. Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, Ariyaman Beachand Adam’s Bridge are other few Rameshwaram tourist places that you must pay a visit to.
Food and Shopping in Rameshwaram
Things to do in Rameshwaram also includes munching on the local cuisine and shopping. Dosa, Rasam, Sambhar, Coconut Chutney are the local delicacies of the town of Rameshwaram. All restaurants serve the local food and other cuisines as well.
Handicraft items of Rameshwaram are very famous. Shops outside Rameshwaram temple sell unique showpieces which are made of shells, palm leaves and beads. There are many markets in the town where you can fine other hand crafted items.
Accommodation in Rameshwaram
For transport options and figuring out how to reach Rameshwaram, tourists can choose from a variety of options like travelling by bus, by train, by taxi or by flight. Though Rameshwaram does not have an airport, the nearest one is Madurai Airport. One can take a flight to Madurai and then take a cab or a bus to Rameshwaram. From guest houses, to budget hotels to luxury hotels, Rameshwaram also has a variety of option for accommodation. One can choose to stay in hotels in Rameshwaram that are in close proximity to Rameshwaram places to visit. Plan Rameshwaram tour early this season and book a hotel in advance to avoid the last minute hassle.
There is so much to see in Rameswaram.
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