Rameshwaram is 603 kms from Bangalore.
Rameswaram, (also spelt as Ramesvaram or Rameshwaram) is a town and a third grade municipality in the Ramanathapuram district in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is located on Pamban Island separated from mainland India by the Pamban channel and is about 50 kilometres from Mannar Island, Sri Lanka. It is situated in the Gulf of Mannar, at the very tip of the Indian peninsula. Pamban Island, also known as Rameswaram Island, is connected to mainland India by the Pamban Bridge. Rameswaram is the terminus of the railway line from Chennai and Madurai. Together with Varanasi, it is considered to be one of the holiest places in India to Hindus, and part of the Char Dham pilgrimage.
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The main attraction
The main attraction of the island, the Ramanathswamy temple is spread over 151 acres and is a magnificent example of Dravidian art. This temple took about 350 years to take its present form various release having contributed to its construction at different times from the 12th century onwards.
Parakrama Bahu, the ruler of Ceylon guilt the sanctum sanctorum. The corridors and other vast structures of the temple and the Gopurams were built by the Sethupathis, rulers of Ramanathapuram since 12th century. The temple has two Gopurams at the eastern and western entrances, 130 feet and 80 feet high, respectively. The sanctum sanctorum is built of polished granite stone.
The presiding deity at the temple is Lord Ramanathaswamy and his emblem, the Ramalinga, is said to have been installed and consecrated by Lord Rama and Sita.
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