Following Sri Rama…

For some time I had a blind instinct to visit Rameswaram and see the places where Lord Sri Ram stayed and travelled. It’s from Rameswaram that Sri Rama crossed the Indian Ocean to Sri Lanka and brought back Sita Devi. And I should say that the Rameswaram is a wonderful place and one can feel Sri Rama’s presence everywhere. There are 3 theerthams {for Sri Rama, Sita Devi and Sri Lakshmana} and many temples to see.

You can start with the Kodanda Ramaswamy temple which is en route to Danushkodi. The approach road to the temple is something really wonderful. The road cuts through the Ocean, so either sides water, water, water is all you will find. The temple is at the end of the road. Just like all other temples here, the temple is small and beautiful. The temple has deities of Sri Rama, Sita Devi, Sri Lakshmana & Sri Hanuman. Paintings depicting scenes from Sri Ramayana add to the wonderful atmosphere. When coming back from the Kodanda Ramaswamy temple, you can visit Jatayu Theertham.

Kodandaramaswamy temple

Kodandaramaswamy temple

Ocean from the Prakaram {Paar Kadal?}

Ocean from the Prakaram {Paar Kadal?}

 

Next is Ramar Paadam, another temple above a small hill. As the name implies,we can see Lord Sri Rama’s divine feet in the sanctum sanatorium of the temple. Its a wonderful feeling and grace to see Sri Rama’s divine feet. It is from here that, Sri Rama planned with his men {Sri Hanuman, Jaambhavan, Sukreeva and others} on invading Sri Lanka. From the upper deck of the temple, the entire town of Rameswaram can be seen {The upper deck is above the sanctum sanatorium where Ramar Paadam is there and so I din’t go over it}. Way back, ther’s a small Hanuman temple to visit {Can Hanuman be far away from Sri Rama?}.

Ramar Padam

Ramar Paadam

Upper Deck of the Temple

Upper Deck of the Temple

 

The 3 theerthams come next. Interestingly, Lakshmanar Theertham is the biggest of the three. Just near Lakshmanar Theertham is Sri Sita Theertham, the smallest of all. Ramar Theertham is in another place.

Lakshmanar Theertham

Lakshmanar Theertham

Ramar Theertham

Ramar Theertham

At the steps of Ramar Theertham you can find a small water well with few stones on the wall. The size of the stones range from handy to heavy. Pick any stone of your choice and put it into the water well, amazingly the stone floats and doesn’t sink. These are some of the stones used by Sri Rama to build the Ram Sethu to Sri Lanka. I consider myself to be very lucky to see and touch something that was touched by the Lord Sri Rama Himself. It’s a wonderful feeling.

Just opposite to Ramar Theertham is another temple for Sri Rama, the Ramaswamy Temple. The deity is very beautiful here. Here I found something quite interesting, horoscope of Sri Rama! 

Ramaswamy Temple {Opposite to Ramar Theertham}

Ramaswamy Temple {Opposite to Ramar Theertham}

Sri Rama's Horoscope

Sri Rama's Horoscope

Rameswaram was a wonderful experience for me. Sri Rama’s presence can be felt everywhere! It has impressed me to undertake many more such trips. Soon I will be going to another place where Sri Rama had been. Following Sri Rama…

UPDATE : Following Sri Rama 2 (My trip to Bhadrachalam, Parnasala, Paapikondalu)

Rameswaram is an island off Tamil Nadu’s southern coast. Before you enter Rameswaram, the majestic Pambhan Bridge welcomes you. Then on, the very landscape of Rameswaram is very unique. Just as an village landscape is insterspersed with fields, Rameswaram is intespersed with Water {read Ocean}. The single main road is dotted with a good number of Mutts & Hotels. The main road ends with the Ramanathaswamy Temple {Shiva temple, known for its beautiful architecture and 22 theerthams}. Walking further the smaller road will take you to the Sea {There would be no waves in this sea!}. All the above places can be seen in under three hours. Auto drivers typically charge around Rs.300 to take you to all these places. Madurai is the nearest Airport. Rameswaram has a Railway Station and is well connected with Buses from many parts of the State. 

The biggest grouse for me was that, in spite of boasting a unique landscape and number of temples, the town is very poorly maintained. The magnificent Ramanathaswamy temple, the waveless sea, the Kodanda Ramaswamy temple surrounded by the blue ocean… nothing is well maintained. The tourist potential of the town is very high, but as we all know, our Government works only once every 5 years!

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2 thoughts on “Following Sri Rama…

  1. Hi! Thanks for visiting my oldthoughts.wordpress.com blog and your nice comment on it.
    I too did a Rameswaram Tour recently. It was wonderful.

    You do seem to be an expert in Tamil. I am interested in the most ancient of Tamil literatures known to you and their translations in English (because I don’t know Tamil). Something around Agastya’s time.

    Thanks in advance for any help.
    Satya

    • Rameswaram is definitely an interesting place and the very landscape is unique.

      And with regards to ancient tamil literatures, I suggest you can have a look at Thiruvaimozhi by Sri Nammalwar, a Sri Vaishnava saint poet. Once I was blessed with an opportunity to hear a discourse on one of the Pasurams (songs) and was awe-struck by it. It was about origin of life and its evolution. I never expected such information in Thiruvaimozhi, a literature written 5000 years back (just when Kali Yuga was born). Later on I learnt that Thiruvaimozhi was the essence of Sama Veda and it was also known as Dravida Veda. Apart from this you can also have a look at Thirukural, a practical guideline for living, written by Thiruvalluvar over 3000 years back. You can also have a look at songs of some Siddhars, which might be interesting.

      And am surely not an expert in Tamil. But I can help you with contacts & links for Sri Vaishnava related literature.

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