History of rameswaram
Rameshwaram, in the extreme south of India is one of India’s holiest pilgrimage sites.The history of Rameswaram goes back to the time when Lord Rama (considered to be the living incarnation of Vishnu) formed his army of monkeys at this very spot to rescue his wife Sita from Ravana, the demon king of Lanka. Button Color
History of rameswaram is fascinating
Legend has it that to get to Lanka, Rama needed a bridge but every time a bridge was built, Ravana would destroy it. Ravana, an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva had many special boons granted to him by the Lord and Rama knew that to succeed in his mission he would first have to pray to Lord Shiva. So, knowing that Ravana would not destroy a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, Rama built a temple for Lord Shiva at the foot of the bridge. The plan worked as the bridge was left untouched and in due course of time, Rama rescued Sita from Ravana.
On his return from Lanka, Rama offered his thanks to Lord Shiva at the place where the Ramanathaswamy Temple now stands. Hanuman, the devoted follower of Rama was despatched to Mt. Kailas, the home of Lord Shiva to fetch a lingam. In the meantime Sita built a lingam of sand to which prayers were offered by Rama. Rama not only wanted to offer his thanks to Lord Shiva for his successful mission, he also wanted to atone for the sin of killing Ravana. Rama bathed in the waters 100m east of the temple at Agneetheertham to wash away his sins. People still make it a point to bathe in its sacred waters hoping to cleanse themselves of their sins.
The history of Rameswaram is a fascinating one steeped as it is in legends and lore and bears testimony to the sanctity of Rameshwaram.