According to Hindu mythology, Rameshwaram is from where Lord Rama built a bridge across the sea to Lanka to rescue his wife Sita, from her abductor Ravana. Connected to mainland India by Pamban Bridge, it is perhaps as holy to religious hearts even today as Varanasi. Also Read - Doctor Feeds Food to Coronavirus Patient in Absence of Family, Photo Goes Viral
Before heading to Ramanathaswamy Temple, performing an ancient ritual of kund snan is mandatory. It is the most beautiful piece of architecture built by the Pandya kings and has the longest corridors compared to other Hindu temples. The temple is embraced for one of the twelve jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. You’ll find the most beautiful rituals practiced at the temple; like the evening prayers that are accompanied by song and dance that take you back in time. Try the holy food there, especially the milk that is fetched moments before being served. Also Read - Safety Masks For Rs 10? Tamil Nadu Prisoners Help in Overcoming The Shortage For Policemen And Public
Agni Tirtham, a beach east of Ramanathaswamy Temple is known to be one of the most visited Tirthams of Rameswaram for a holy bath. It’s a great spot for travellers to enjoy on the beach and indulge in some. photography as well. Also Read - 22-Year-Old Student Dies After Walking 450km from Wardha to Reach Home in Tamil Nadu Amid Lockdown
A visit to the island’s eastern tip to what is known as the ghost town of Dhanushkodi is a must. Only 18 km from Sri Lanka, this busy and crowded city was washed away in the cyclonic storm of 1964 killing close to 2000 people. Now, all you see is the remnants of the cyclone – a broken church, shattered railway station, abandoned homes, and barren land. They say that it is still haunted by ghosts of the lives that were lost. Now, that is some spooky story.
Rameswaram is the birth place of our former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam, and has places named after him, like the Abdul Kalam Memorial. A trip down South is never complete without sampling the South Indian fare. There is a range of local food one can enjoy both at the restaurants as well as street side tea stalls.