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About Rameshwaram


Rameshwaram Municipality is situated at 55km away of Ramanathapuram and located in Rameshwaram Island. The area of the town in 53sqkm. Fishing and Tourism is the main occupation of the people.

The Population of town as per 2001 census is 37968. The total number of wards is 21 in which 6 wards reserved for women and 1 ward reserved for SC.

Transportation Linkages

The town lies on the Madurai – Dhanushkodi National High ways 49 and a Major District road with Ramanathapuram, Karaikudi Trichy and Madurai The town railway station is lying between Rameshwaram to Madurai a Bruod Gauge line. Madurai Railway Junction is within 165 k.m. from here.

Temperature and Rain fall

The Climate is hot and dry. The year average rain fall of the town is 872mm litre the rail fall in this year 2006 is 1292.54mm. which is excess of the yearly average rain fall.

Rameshwaram Temple

The holy island of Rameshwaram temple is known for one of India’s most venerated and most visited Shiva shrines, dedicatedto Sri Ramanathaswamy. It is so intimately associated with the life of Sri Rama, the hero of the epic Ramayana, that both Saivites and Vaishnavites consider every grain of Rameshwaram’s sand very sacred.

There is a traditional belief among the Hindus that a pilgrimage to Kashi will be complete only after a visit to Rameswararn, also hailed as “Benaras of the South”. Pilgrims aspire for a holy dip in the sea at Dhanushkodi, revered as Sethu Theertha, where the Mahodathi (Bay of Bengal) meets Ratnakara (Indian Ocean). The sanctity and antiquity of Rameshwaram is summed up in the old saying Aa Sethu Himachalam.

The merits of Sethu Yatra are described in the Vedas and in almost all the Puranas -- Agneya, Bhagavatha, Padma, Shiva and Skanda Puranas, to mention a few. Numerous literary works in Sanskrit and Tamil from the period of Valmiki Ramayana extol the significance of Sethu Yatra. The four Saivite saints Appar, Sundarar, Sambandar and Manickavasagar have sung in praise of Lord Rarnanathaswamy Rameshwaram temple. Saint Thayumaanavar was a staunch devotee of Goddess Parvathavardhini.

Rameshwaram temple is the abode of one of the 12 Jyothirlingas of India. Hotels in Rameshwaram It is also considered one among four most sacred pilgrim centers of India. They are Rameshwaram in the South, Badrinath in the North, Puri in the East and Dwaraka in the West. Among these, Rameshwaram is dedicated to Shiva, while the other three are dedicated to Vishnu.Rameshwaram temple

Rameshwaram Temple is an acclaimed Parihara Sthala, where it is believed all sins get absolved. Devotees take holy dips at Sethu Theertha, Agni Theertha and other sacred waters, offer pujas to get progeny, perform Shraadha for their ancestors and do Naga Prathishta (installing serpent deity).