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Ramanathaswamy Temple

A Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, Ramanathaswamy Temple is located on Rameswaram Island in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is also one of the twelve Jyotirlinga temples, and is one of the 274 Paadal Petra Sthalams. The temple was expanded during the 12th century by Pandya Dynasty, and the principal shrines sanctum in the temple was renovated by Jeyaveera Cinkaiariyan and his successor Gunaveera Cinkaiariyan of the Jaffna kingdom. Located in Rameswaram, the temple is considered a holy pilgrimage site for Shaivites, Vaishnavites and Smarthas.

Architecture
Known for its intricate works, majestic towers and corridors this temple is a fine example of architecture excellence. Spread across 15 acres of land, the majestic pillars, vast corridors, walls and gopurams of the temple lure visitors from far and wide. The granite walls of the temple have intricate carvings, and have been mounted on a raised platform.

The temple is embellished with majestic gopurams at the east and west, while the gate towers adorn the temple on the northern and southern side. With too many intriguing aspects, the temple manages to leave everyone mesmerized with its beauty. It is also said that the rocks used in corridor were brought from somewhere outside Tamil Nadu. Another striking feature of the temple is the paved way from western gopuram to Setumadhava shrine, which has been designed in the form of a chess board, presenting a unique view. It is called as Chokkattan Mandapam where deities are kept during the Spring Festival.

Significance
Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple holds high significance even in Holy Scripture of Hindu religion. According to mythology, after killing demon Ravana as while on their way back to Ayodhya, it is here that Lord Rama had worshipped Lord Shiva. The religious importance of this temple can be seen from the popular belief according to which a visit to pilgrimage Kashi is incomplete without a visit to Rameshwaram temple.

Timings of the temple
Opening timings of Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple, which popular known as Rameshwaram Temple is from 5 AM to 1 PM, while in evening it opens for darshan from 3 Pm to 9 PM. This temple is open on all days of the week.



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