Rameswaram , Tamil Nadu

Description

Rameshwaram is a town and a second grade municipality in the Ramanathapuram district in 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. The railway bridge historically carried metre-gauge trains on it, but Indian Railways upgraded the bridge to carry broad-gauge trains in a project that finished on 12 August 2007.

Historically, the two leaves of the bridge were opened manually using levers by workers

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Ramanathaswamy Temple

The Ramanathaswamy Temple is the most notable historic landmark of the town. Located in the centre of town,Ramanathaswamy temple is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to the god Shiva. The temple is one of the 12 jyotirlinga shrines, where Shiva is worshipped in the form of a jyotirlinga meaning "pillar of light".


Pamban Bridge

Opened in 1914, it was India's first sea bridge, and was the longest sea bridge in India till 2010. The rail bridge is for the most part, a conventional bridge resting on concrete piers, but has a double leaf bascule section midway, which can be raised to let ships and barges pass through. On 24 February 2014, the Pamban Bridge marked its 100th anniversary.


Agni Tirtham

Agni Tirtham  is one of the Tirthas of Rameswaram,Tamilnadu, India.The beach east of Ramanathaswamy Temple is is known by this name. This Tirtham is one of the most visited Tirthams of Rameswaram for a holy bath.


Adam's Bridge

The bridge is 30 kilometres long and separates the Gulf of Mannar from the Palk Strait.Adam's Bridge starts as chain of shoals from the Dhanushkodi  tip of India's Pamban island  and ends at Sri Lanka's Mannar Island.


Dhanushkodi

Dhanushkodi is the southernmost tip of the island and houses the Kothandaramaswamy Temple dedicated to Rama.Though Dhanushkodi was washed away during the 1964 cyclone,  the temple alone remained intact. It is 18 km way from the centre of the town and can be reached by road. 


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