Ramanathaswamy TempleRamanathaswamy temple, located at the heart of the Rameswaram is considered to be an important pilgrimage temple for the Hindus. Popularly known as Rameswaram Temple, the Ramanathaswamy Temple was expanded by the Pandya Dynasty during the 12th century. The principal shrines of the temple were renovated by Jeyaveera Cinakaiariyan of the Jaffna Dynasty. Ramanathaswamy Temple is one of the four holiest divine places for Hindus which is known for its longest corridor among all the temples in India. Everyday, thousands of pilgrim devotees visit the temple to worship the Lord Shiva Temple and seek the blessings. There are about 1212 pillars in the temple.
History of Ramanathaswamy TempleAs per the Hindu epic Ramayana, Rama worshipped Lord Shiva and requested him to clear all his sins committed against the king Ravana. At this point, Rama directed Hanuman to get the largest lingam to worship Lord Shiva. It is believed that the Hanuman took a long time to bring the lingam and so Sita (wife of Rama) build a small lingam in the temple. After few years, Hanuman brought a lingam from Kailash called as “Vishwalingam”.
If you visit Ramanathaswamy temple, you will see two lingams at the entrance and inside the building. Lord Rama instructed the people to worship the Vishwalingam and then the sand temple. It is important to know that the temple was initially a small thatched place and later developed into a structure by Sethupathys of Ramnad. The total structure of the temple extends over an area of 15 acres with massive walls, gopurams and big Nandi. Further, the Government of Tamil Nadu and other volunteers implemented plans to renovate the entire temple into a good structure.
Festivals in Ramanathaswamy TempleMahasivarathri, Navarathri festival, Ramalinga Prathishtai, Thirukalyanam and Vasanthotsavam are some of the significant festivals celebrated in this temple. During the festival season, the temple authorities make special arrangements to create comfort for the Hindu pilgrims and visitors across the country. Apart from this, the Ramanathaswamy temple celebrates Diwali, Chitrapournami and Pongal with great thrill and enthusiasm.
Special Theerthams (Holy Water), Poojas and their TimingsIn Ramanathaswamy temple, special theerthams and poojas are offered for the prime deity Lord Shiva. The temple’s holy water has the capacity to cure any kind of illness or purify the souls from sins. Some of the notable Theerthams include Soorya Theertham, Chandra Theertham, Ganga Theertham, Shiva Theertham, Sarva Theertham, Mahalakshmi Theertham, etc.
Various poojas performed are:
- 1008 silver kalasa Abishegam
- 108 silver Kalasa Abishegam
- 1008 Kalasa Abishegam (copper)
- 1008 Sangabishegam
- 108 Kalasa Abishegam (copper)
- 108 Sangabishegam
- Panchamirtha Abishegam
- Gangabishegam with Ganges & Vessel
- Swami Sahasranama Archanai
- Ambal Sahasranama Archanai
- Spadikalinga Dharshanam
- Swami Astothra Archanai
- Ambal Astothra Archanai
Pooja TimingsThe temple remains open from 5 A.M to 9 P.M. Further, the temple authorities ensure to conduct various poojas at six different timings and they are mentioned in the following:
- Palliyarai Deepa Arathana 05:00 A.M
- Spadigalinga Deepa Arathana 05:10 A.M
- Thiruvananthal Deepa Arathana 05:45 A.M
- Vila Pooja 07:00 A.M
- Kalasanthi Pooja 10:00A.M
- Uchikala Pooja 12:00 Noon
- Sayaratcha Pooja 06:00 P.M
- Arthajama Pooja 08.30 P.M
- Palliyarai Pooja 08:45 P.M