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City Guide - Rameshwaram
Introduction: Rameshwaram is one of the sacred towns of India. It is famous all over the country for its temple corridor- the longest in India, the Bathing Ghat, Ganthamathana Parvatham, Kothandaramar temple, Kurusadai and other nearby islands - abundant with coral reefs and other marine wonders. Hailed as Varanasi of the south, Rameshwaram is must visit sacred spot for devout Hindus. It is believed that people achieve their long cherished dream after paying obeisance to the god Lord Shiva. Rameswaram is famous for its 22 theerthas (or wells) that surround the main temple. This place is of equal importance to Vaishnavites and Shaivites. Besides temple Rameshwaram island has several places, which are ideal picnic spot. 

History: According to Hindu mythology, Lord Rama on his return from Sri Lanka offered his thanks to Lord Shiva and performed worship to wash away his sin in killing the monster king, Ravana. Rameshwaram also is associated to the Ramayana as many incidents can be related to the past. Many pilgrims throng Rameshwaram every year. It is believed that the pilgrimage of Hindu is not considered complete without visiting this sacred spot. Sages say that Rameshwaram is also the place to attain Moksha.

Places of interest: Rameshwaram is the one of the sacred destinations of Hindus, attracting thousands of pilgrims every year. People visit the highly revered place to flush out their sins. The entire Rameshwaram is dotted with temples in honor of Lord Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman. Ramanatha Swamy Temple and the Agnitriham tank are examples of them. People take a bath at the Agnitriham. You can also visit here Ramjhakora temple that supposedly has imprints of Rama’ feet. This temple lies at Island of Rameshwaram.

Travel information: Located in the Gulf of Mannar at the very tip of peninsular India, Rameshwaram is such a well-known spot in India that every devout Hindu aspires to descend on this holy city. Apart from being a major pilgrimage spot for Hindus, Rameshwaram is also a popular holiday spot of South India. The best time to visit this holy place is between the months of January and March. Madurai Airport is the nearest one. Rameshwaram is a terminus on the Southern Railway meter gauge line and has trains to Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore and Trichy.

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