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Ramanathaswamy Temple


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Ramanathaswamy Temple Overview

Ranked 5 of 23 sightseeing in Rameswaram

Ramanathaswamy Temple, lies on the eastern side of the island, having different types of corridors and sculptured pillars on both the sides. This corridor is quite long and measures around 197 metres from east to west. It is also 133 m wide, measuring south to north.

This temple is considered as one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. The temple complex extends up to 15 acres, with 1200 metres long hallway, which is lined on either side by 4000 or more pillars. There is also a 12 foot long and 9 foot tall Nandi sculpture inside the temple.

This temple consists of 38.4 metres tall Gopuram, which was built by various rulers at different reigns, starting from 12th century. Every day, early morning, a special pooja is performed for an hour of the Spadikalingam, which was gifted by Shankaracharya.

Pilgrims take bath in the 22 theertha kundams before entering the temple. It is believed that the water in these kundams has medicinal properties that can cure tourists of many ailments. This temple finds mention in the Hindu mythological epic, Ramayana and it is believed that the deity in the temple was installed by Lord Rama. After defeating Ravana, Lord Rama installed a Shiva Lingam in this temple for offering his prayers to Lord Shiva.

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 2-3hrs
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Operating hours

Monday - Friday:
6:00 AM -7:00 PM
6:00 AM -7:00 PM
6:00 AM -7:00 PM
Public Holidays:
6:00 AM -7:00 PM

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Jyothsna jyo5.0/5

4 reviews

We had a great time

Carry extra clothes as you will find more water place to enjoy. Hair dryer to dry up your wet clothes faster. The cost of living is less there. Be careful with your expenses, you need to bargain or else you will at loss. Best time to visit is september to january.

Jyothsna jyo5.0/5

4 reviews

We had a great time and piled up lots of memories there in Rameshwaram. The boating was so fun. We h

Carry extra clothes as you will find more water place to enjoy. Hair dryer to dry up your wet clothes faster. The cost of living is less there. Be careful with your expenses, you need to bargain or else you will at loss.

Ravi s4.3/5

4 reviews

Nice temple

The Ramanathaswamy temple is known for being one of the twelve Jyotirlinga temple. One can reach this place from the main bus stand (at a distance of 3 km) either through a local bus or a rickshaw spending Rs. 100 or Rs. 5 each respectively. The hotel facing the sea, a stone throw away from the temple would be a good choice for boarding.Starting with taking a holy dip in the sea water (Agni Theertham) and buying a ticket of Rs. 25 we headed into the temple premises. The ticket cost apart from entry ticket also covers a holy Bath at each of the 22 wells (Tirthas and each having significance) within the temple premises. As we walked the path to the main deity, we soaked ourselves again at each well, from head to bottom with the sacred water that was splashed over us, out of the buckets drawn out from the well by the designated temple staff. It was a delightful experience to be bathed and would remind many, of their childhood days when Mom honored such experience back then. We had to dry ourselves in the hot sun before heading to the main deity as one is not allowed to meet the Lord in wet clothes. After waiting for our turn crossing a long line of devotees, we finally placed ourselves amidst the Lord. We were fortunate to reach the place right at the time of Aarthi and the God's shrine which is well lit with lamps makes it a divine atmosphere. A great experience.

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Geetanjali Verma4.3/5

15 reviews

Pilgrimage paradise

Bathe in holy waters from different wells.Watch the beautiful south Indian architecture in every bit.Better to go in the mornings ... To finish by noon.A dip in the sea before going to the temple is a must. No entry fee. Be decently dressed since it's a Hindu temple.

Sanjeev Kumarlohtia2.9/5

6 reviews

Beautiful heritage

A heritage which is being withheld from public viewing presently. The ticket if need to be kept should be limited to very very affordable rates. Being part of one of the four DHAMS of Hindu religion, every Hindu is duty bound to visit this shrine, and view this Heritage, hence Trust should make this absolutely affordable.

Nikunj Goradia4.3/5

79 reviews

Its a vast temple

Pilgrims can deposit their phones, Cameras at a Locker provided at a fees of 10. Locker facility is just 2 minutes walk from the Temple Entrance. Carry an extra pair of clothes as Pilgrims can take a bath at 22 Teertha gundams before visiting the main temple. The Temple is a vast place. The Temple has 3 square within square construction. First Bigger square has all the big pillars. Second square is for 22 Gundams. Third square is the main temple. Some parts of the Temple require dry clothes. So change your wet clothes after you take a bath.

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Vijay kumar S4.3/5

6 reviews

Too crowdy

Have people coming over from all over India, but still management tries to keep it clean, always crowded, but the sanity of the temple stays intact.

Rana Singh4.3/5

6 reviews

A nice holy as well as tourist place

Rameshwaram is a holy as well as very nice tourist place. The sea in front of Ramanathaswamy is in calm mood. Many other temples like Vibhishan Temple etc. and beaches are there for visiting. Pamban bridge in the way of Rameshwaram is a longest Sea bridge in India, which connects India with Pamban island. Dhanushkodi beach is also a interesting place to visit.

Ganesan Mariappan5.0/5

3 reviews

Had a peaceful darshan!

Best part of it was that we could offer your pooja in peace. There was no hassle at all. Though the pujaris there were little irritating, but we managed to have a peaceful darshan!

Praveen kumar4.3/5

3 reviews

Rare experience

Its a rare experience to bath in the holy waters of 20+ holy wells.

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Ramanathaswamy Temple, Rameswaram

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Ramanathaswamy Temple, Rameswaram
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