Rameswaram is located in Tamil Nadu and it is one of the holy Hindu pilgrimages. It is also home to one of the twelve jyotirlings. The place is situated on the island of Pamban and it is one of the major tourist hotspots because of its numerous temples and rich historical significance.
The small island on which Rameswaram is located is based in the Gulf of Mannar. This small island is well connected by road and rail bridges. The name Rameswaram came from the word Ram, the Hindu god. Being one of the famous places known for pilgrimage, every year tonnes of people visit this place to pay their homage to god Rama. It second only to the Vishwanath Temple in Kashi. It is said that paying homage at the Ramanathswamy temple guarantees salvation.
Rameswaram played a major role in the Ramayana and it is mentioned in this greatest epic. Lord Ram constructed a bridge from Rameswaram to Sri Lanka in order to fight a battle with Ravana and to slain him. It is in Rameswaram, where Ram prayed to Shiva in order to beat Ravana. It is here where most pilgrims pray for salvation of their ancestors.
The town is also popular and an important place of pilgrimage because one of the twelve Lord Shiva Jyotirlingas is placed here, which is believed by many to have been built by Sita. Another major attraction of the town is the Sri Ramanathswamy temple. Rameswaram is one of the four dhams or char dhams along with Puri, Dwarka and Badrinath. It also believed by the Hindus, that pilgrimage is only complete when at least one ritual is performed here.
It was also one of the important ports between Sri Lanka and India. However, it is no longer a port that is in use after Tamil uprising and rift between the two countries. Several Tamils flee from the island country at the time of intense civil war and landed on the Rameswaram coast.
There are a quite a few beaches in Rameswaram and it is a perfect place to unwind. However, to get the best out of your tour in Rameswaram, you can choose between the tour packages that are available and bag the best deals. There are affordable tourist lodges and cheap hotels were one can reside during the tour. These tour packages can help tourists to save enough money on traveling and enjoy their time at the southern tip of India.
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