Rameswaram

Rameswaram is a small island and major pilgrim centre in the Gulf of Mannar, about 570 kms from the state capital Chennai. It is connected to the mainland by Pamban Bridge. The highlight here is the Ramanathaswamy

Rameswaram is a small island and major pilgrim centre in the Gulf of Mannar, about 570 kms from the state capital Chennai. It is connected to the mainland by Pamban Bridge. The highlight here is the Ramanathaswamy temple that has striking long corridors in its interior, running between huge colonnades on platforms above five feet high. It is renowned for its magnificent corridors and massive sculptured pillars. The third corridor of Ramanathaswamy temple is the longest one in the world. Pilgrims visiting Rameswaram cannot miss the darshan of Ramanatha Swamy and bathing in all the 22 theerthams to absolve oneself from all sins. The three most revered nayanmars [saivite saints] Thirunavukkarasar, Sundarar and Gnanasambandar have glorified Ramanathasamy with their songs. Beautiful beaches at Olaikuda, Dhanushkodi and Pamban are other attractions apart from the religious point of view. Scuba diving and Migratory birds watching during winter are also a part of the entertainment schedule. Commercial deep sea fishing, Sea Cucumber, Lobster and Conch collection are the main economic activities of Rameswaram.

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