Ramanathaswamy Temple, Rameswaram

Ramanathaswamy Temple, Rameswaram

TamilNadu, Ramanathapuram

Shrine: Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy

Located on Rameswaram island, Tamil Nadu, Ramanathaswamy Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple and the island of Rameswaram have acquired this name because, Lord Rama worshiped Lord Shiva, the God of Gods here on return from Sri Lanka. Ramanathaswamy Temple is one of the twelve Jyothirlinga temples in India. The temple is said to have been sanctioned for construction by King Kizhavan Sethupathi.

Origin: It is believed that the current structure has been built during the 17th century.


After killing Ravana (a brahmin), Lord Rama arrived at Rameshwaram from Lanka with his wife Sita. To expiate the 'kukarma' or 'dosha' of killing a brahmin, he wanted to worship Lord Shiva. Since there was no Shivling in Rameshwaram, he sent Hanuman to get the biggest Shivling from the Himalayas. Since it took him a long time to return, Sita made a shivling with mud and sand that became the original Rameshwaram shivalingam.

This Temple is part of famous Char Dham Yatra and 12 Jyotirlinga Darsan Yatra.


The temple, spread over an area of 15 acres , has lofty gopurams, massive walls and a collossal Nandi. Rameswaram also boasts of a 4000 feet long pillared corridor with over 4000  pillars, supposedly the longest in the world.  The carved granite pillars are mounted on a raised platform. What is unique about this corridor is that the rock is not indigenous to the island and it was brought in from elsewhere in Tamilnadu across the sea. The eastern Rajagopuram towers to a height of 126 feet and it has nine levels. The Western Rajagopuram, though impressive is not as tall as the Eastern one. The stuccoed image of Nandi is about 18 feet tall and 22 feet in length.

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Darsan Info

Temple timings: 5.00 AM - 1.00 PM and 3.00 PM - 9.00 PM
Online booking of Darshan is available through the official website.
Cameras and phones are forbidden inside the temple.
Only Hindus may enter the inner shrine.

Darsan Dresscode:

Devotees are advised to wear clean and traditional clothing. Western attire are not allowed in the temples of Tamil Nadu

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Rameswaram has great religious and geographical significance. The culture here could be specified as an amalgamation of vaishnavite and shaivite practices. Festivals are celebrated as per the Tamil calendar. Annual car festivals and community fairs are celebrated with huge following. Fact that the temple is also located at a tourist spot, has made the city open to foreign culture too.

Language Spoken: Tamil and English

Location and Contact

Arulmigu Ramanathaswamy Temple, Ramanathapuram District, Rameswaram

Contact Number : (+91) 4573221223

Ways to Reach

Madurai Airport is around 3 Hours journey by road. Rameshwaram is connected by rail with most major cities and railway station is at walking distance from the temple. One may also choose to hire jeeps, auto and cycle rickshaws to the Shrine.

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Place Name Jan - March April - June July - Sept Oct - Dec
Max-Temparture 32oC 37oC 35.5oC 30.3oC
Min-Temparture 22.3oC 26.6oC 25.6oC 22.6oC

Temple Rituals

Mani Lingam darshan is allowed everyday from 5.00 AM to 6.00 AM.
Palliyarai ( Sayanangriha) Procession of Swami and the Palliyarai Pooja for Swami and Ambal in the Sayanagriha in Ambal Shrine are performed between 8.45 PM and 9.00 PM everyday.
Kalasha Abhishekam, Rudrabhishekam, Panchamrit Abhishekam are also performed.

Special Rituals

Bath at 22 Theerthams (holy tanks) is intrinsic part of visit to Rameshwaram. All the 22 wells are freshwater wells. The miracle is that each of them taste differently, have little salinity though very close to the sea. Pilgrims will need to hire a guide to take through the tanks in right order. Taking bath from the water of these wells will absolve one from all sins.

Pooja Timing

Palliyarai Deepa Arathana 05.00 AM
Spadigalinga Deepa Arathana 5.10 AM
Thiruvananthal Deepa Arathana 5.45 AM
Vila Pooja 7.00 AM
Kalasanthi Pooja 10.00 AM
Uchikala Pooja 12.00 AM
Sayaratcha Pooja 6.00 PM
Arthajama Pooja 8.30 PM
Palliyarai Pooja 8.45 PM

Regular Offerings

Ganga Water in Brass, Copper or Bronze Vessel. Panchamrit Abhishekam is also offered.


February - Mahasivarathri    
May - Vasanthotsavam    
June - Ramalinga Prathishtai    
August - Thirukkalyanam    
September - Navarathri Festival, Dasara    
November - Kantha Sashti    
December - Aarudhira Dharshna

  • Near Bus Stand

  • Rameswaram Bus Stand
  • Nearby Airport

  • Madurai International Airport
  • Nearby Railway Station

  • Rameswaram Railway Station
  • Taxi Stand

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