Rameswaram Temple is located in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu state. This temple is a sacred temple of Hindus and is considered one of the Char Dham. Rameswaram Temple is also known as Ramanathaswamy Temple. The Shivalinga established in this temple is considered to be one of the twelve Dwadash Jyotirlingas. Just as Kashi is important in North India, similarly Rameswaram is important in South India Is also important. Rameswaram is surrounded by the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal and is a conch-shaped island. Centuries ago this island was connected to the mainland of India but gradually it got separated by the strong waves of the ocean, due to which the island was surrounded by water from all sides. It is believed that Lord Shri Ram had worshiped Lord Shiva at this place while returning from Sri Lanka. in their name Rameswar temple and Rameswar island were named. It is believed that after killing Ravana, Lord Rama returned to India with his wife Goddess Sita only after setting foot on the banks of Rameswaram. Lord Rama wanted to worship Shiva to eliminate the guilt of killing a Brahmin. Since there was no temple in the island, Therefore, Shri Hanuman was sent to Mount Kailash to bring the idol of Lord Shiva. When Hanuman did not reach Shivalinga on time, Goddess Sita created Shivalinga by tying sea sand in her fist and Lord Rama worshiped the same Shivalinga. Later, the Shivalinga brought by Hanuman was also installed there. Entrance of Rameswaram Temple The gate is 40 feet high which is an attractive example of Indian architectural art. There are hundreds of huge pillars in the temple and each pillar has different types of intricate artworks. This temple has been constructed in Dravidian architectural style. The main deity in the form of Lingam in the temple is considered to be Ramanathaswami i.e. Shiva. The sanctum sanctorum of the temple has two lingas, one made of sand by Sita who is considered the main deity and is named Ramalingam. While the other Linga is by Hanuman Brought from Mount Kailash, known as Vishwalingam. Vishwalingam, the Shivalinga brought by Hanuman as per the orders of Lord Rama, is worshiped first even today. This temple is one thousand feet long and 650 feet wide. It has been constructed by placing a long stone of equal size on two forty feet high stones, which is the center of attraction for the spectators.
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