Arulmigu Ramanathaswamy Temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines, where Shiva is worshipped in the form of a Jyotirlinga meaning “pillar of light”. It is located in the Rameswaram island in the state of Tamil Nadu.

The temple and the island of Rameswaram have acquired this name because, Lord Rama worshipped Lord Shiva, the God of Gods here on return from Sri Lanka.

Temple History says that after killing Ravana Lord Rama(incarnation of Lord Vishnu) returned with his consort Goddess Seetha to India first stepping on the shores of Rameswaram. To expiate the “dosha” of killing a brahmin, Lord Rama wanted to offer worship to Lord Shiva. Since there was no shrine in the island had despatched Sri Hauman to Kailash to bring an idol of Lord Shiva.


Lord Rama had asked Hanuman to get lingam from Himalayas. However, Hanuman couldn’t return with lingam on time owing to which Goddess Sita has created a lingam herself. Lord Rama then worshipped Lord Shiva at the pre decided auspicious moment. Pleased, Lord Shiva blessed Lord Rama and upon his request also manifested himself in the lingam. It is the believed that the same lingam is now present in the sanctum of the temple.

As per the legend, the lingam brought by Hanuman from Kailash has also been kept in the temple. The lingam is known as Vishwalingam or Hanumalingam. As per the instructions of Lord Rama, prayers are offered at Hanumalingam first before offering prayers to the Lord Ramanathaswamy.

This temple has 22 theerthams, bathing in which is believed to atone sins of devotees. Sri Ramanathaswamy temple is regarded with high significance even in holy scripture of Hindu religion

Quick Facts:

  • Address: Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu 623526
  • Architectural style: Dravidian architecture
  • Phone: 04573 221 223
  • Deity: Ramanathaswamy (Shiva)
  • District: Ramanathapuram
  • Function: Hindu Temple
  • Dress Code: Dhoti for men and Sari for women(Decent clothes will also be fine with Dupatta)
  • Temple Timings: 5:00 am – 1:00 pm , 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Entry Fees: No entry fee (25 rupees for Still Camera)

For holy bath in the 22 well you need to buy a separate ticket.(Important note:- You will also have to take bath in the sea before taking a bath in the holy wells).

Beware of the Touts:

When you visit the temple you will come across these touts who will pretend to be from the temple trust and will lure you for VIP darshans and they will ask for good sum of money. Please do not fall in their trap. But also note that touts will not allow you to take bath in the holy wells if you are not accompanied by a pandit.


Pooja Timing:

1)Palliyarai Deepa Arathana05:00 A.M
2)Spadigalinga Deepa Arathana05:10 A.M
3)Thiruvananthal Deepa Arathana05:45 A.M
4)Vila Pooja07:00 A.M
5)Kalasanthi Pooja10:00A.M
6)Uchikala Pooja12:00 NOON
7)Sayaratcha Pooja06:00 P.M
8)Arthajama Pooja08.30 P.M
9)Palliyarai Pooja08:45 P.M

Interesting Facts:

  • The temple corridors have a height of 6.9 meters it consists 1,212 pillars. The impressive fact is when we look the corridor from one end to another end the pillars appear to meet in one single dot. Which defines the brilliant architecture of ancient tamil kings.
  • These herculine pillars are extremely helpful a strong foundation of the Rameshwaram Temple. Each pillar is carved with magnificent and artistic Hindu carvings.
  • The temple has two ‘Lingam-s’ presiding, which are ‘Ramalingam’ and ‘Viswalingam’.
  • The main deity (moolavar) of the temple, the Shiva linga installed by Lord Rama is kept inside this shrine. Ramanathaswamy shrine is built using dark black granite stones, and the Vimana (rooftop tower) was coated with gold. Within the temple, there are separate shrines for Ramanathswamy, Visalakshi, Parvathavardhini, Santanaganpathi, Mahaganapathi, Subrahmanya, Sethumadhava, Mahalaxmi, Nataraja, and Anjaneya.

How To Reach?

By Air

The nearest airport is at Madurai, about 174 km from Rameswaram. The airport is well connected by flights to many Indian cities like Chennai, Trichy, Bengaluru and Mumbai. Pre-paid taxi services are available from the airport.

By Rail

The Rameswaram railway station is the major railhead. Trains from Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Trichy, Thanjavur, Palakkad and Bengaluru halt at the station. Taxi services are available from the station.

By Road

Rameswaram is well connected by roads to other cities of Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu Road Transport Corporation buses ply regularly from Chennai, Kanyakumari, Madurai, Trichy and other cities to Rameswaram. Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation buses also ply daily from Tirupati to Rameswaram.

Infinite Corridors:

There are several architectural features in the Ramanathaswamy Temple that are worth mentioning, none is as magnificent as its corridors. For a start, the temple has three sets of corridors. The outer set of the temple’s corridors has a height of almost 7 meters and stretches for roughly 120 meters in both the eastern and western directions. The corridors to the north and to the south, on the other hand, are about 195 meters in length. It is commonly claimed that this is the longest set of temple corridors in the world. In addition to its length, the outer corridor is also remarkable for the number of pillars that support it, which is over 1200 in number. Moreover, many of these pillars are decorated by ornate carvings. It is interesting to note that the temple is one of 12 Jyothirlinga temples that has Shive worshipped in the form of a Jyotirlingam, or “pillar of light”.


Within the area of the outer corridor is a second set of corridors. According to the historical sources, the construction of this set of corridors was initiated about seven centuries ago, when the area was under the rule of the Vijayanagara Empire. Unfortunately, the work was never completed, and the unfinished corridors have been left as such until today. In 2017, this set of corridors underwent an examination by a team of experts, which may allow the corridors to be completed in the future. Nevertheless, these corridors are known for their 108 lingams, as well as its Mahaganapati (one of the 32 forms of Ganesha) statue.

The innermost set of corridors is also the oldest of the three. Although these corridors were constructed during the 12 th century, they were renovated many times over the centuries. It is here that the sanctum of the Ramanathaswamy Temple may be found. The sacred lingam, who is the main deity of the temple, is housed in the sanctum, along with its consort, Parvathavarthini Amman.   


Where to Stay?

The temple has lodging facility. Details are as follows:-

Room Details :

S.noRoom TypeRoom NumberRoom Rent
1)Double BedT1, T2, T3, T4, T5500/-
2)Double BedD22, D23, D24, D25, D26500/-

Note: We don’t make any guarantees if the above-stated facts are not correct. If you think any information provided by us is wrong then contact us.


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