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Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu

Rameswaram Rameshwaram is a temple city situated in the Ramanathapuram District. The peculiarity of the city is that it is an island in the shape of Lord Vishnu's conch. Rameshwaram is considered as one of the holiest places of Hindu religion and one of the four holy dhams.

Rameshwaram is holy for its Siva lingam supposed to have been placed by Srirama himself after his journey to Lanka for recovering Sita from the clutches of Ravana. The name Rameswara is attributed to Lord Siva whom Rama had worshipped before the construction of the Setu Bridge to bring Sita back. Rama installed a Siva Linga in an attempt to purify himself from the sins of Brahmahatya. Ravana was supposed to have descended from a Brahman. After his return from Lanka, Sri Rama asked Hanuman to go to Kailas and request Siva to get an image of himself in this place now known as Rameswaram. Hanuman started his penance and was taking time to bring the Lingam. As the auspicious time was nearing, Sita built a Sivalingam from the sands and all of them worshipped this linga at the proposed time. When Hanuman came with the Lingam from Kailas, he was disappointed to see another Lingam already worshipped. Rama asked him to place this Lingam beside the Lingam built by Sita and asked everybody to pay their respects first to the Lingam that hanuman brought. The Linga is called Kasi Vishwanatha Ramanatha Swami. There are a lot of Theerthams that the pilgrims are supposed to bathe, numbering to 36. The architecture of the temple is exquisite. There are several festivals celebrated here. The temple is very rich.

Rameswaram is the terminus of the Southern railway in the extreme south. There is a direct train service from Madras connected by the Pamban Bridge.
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