Rameshwaram, one of the renowned pilgrimage centres of India, is located in Tamil Nadu on a beautiful island separated by a small Pamban channel from Sri Lanka. According to Hindu mythology, this is the place where Lord Rama created a bridge across the sea to Sri Lanka. It is also the place where King Ravana was killed.
Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple- Lord Rama is the presiding deity here. The statues of Lord Rama, made with great artistic essence, can be seen here on many walls. Lord Shiva is also worshipped here.
According to legends, Rama along with his consort Sita and brother Lakshman came to the town to perform a sacred Puja in order to do penance for the sins for Bhramahatya. Rama had sent Hanuman to Mount Kailash to get the lingam to conduct the puja on an auspicious time, but Hanuman could not reach on time, and Sita made a lingam of sand and performed the puja on time. When the puja was over, Rama announced that anyone who takes bath in the Danudkodi and prays to the Shivalingam, will be known as Ramalingam. Hence, the place came to be known as Rameshwaram after the deity called Ramanathswamy. Later, the lingam brought by Hanuman was placed near the sand lingam, as per Rama's instructions. He announced that people should first worship the lingam brought by Anjaneya, and then only can worship Ramalingam.
Rameshwaram Beach is also a popular beach.
Other popular places -
Agnitheertham - It is one of the 12 jyotirlingams of India. There are 22 wells here, each well with different tastes of water. It is believed that taking bath in this water washes away one's sins. Also believed that the water has medicinal properties.
Dhanushkodi temple - located near the Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean on the other side, 18 kms away from Rameswaram. The seas are in the shape of bow and arrow when viewed from the top, and is considered as a sacred place.
Five faceted Hanuman temple - It is believed that Hanuman revealed his five faces here. The statues of all Rama, Laxman, Sita and Hanuman are placed in the temple.
Kothandaramaswamy temple, Jada Thirtham, Kaveri Thirtham, Rama Thirtham, Lakshmana Thirtham, and Jadayu Thirtham are other religious importance.
By Air - Madurai is the nearest airport, 163 kms away.
By Rail - Rameshwaram Mandapam railway station is just 2 kms away.
By Bus - Rameshwaram is well connected by bus, to many cities of South India.