INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT RAMESHWARAM YOU DIDN’T KNOW

Rameshwaram is considered as one of the most significant pilgrimages of India and is visited by hordes of pilgrims every year. Unnecessary to mention, it’s because Rameshwaram is one of the Char Dhams according to Hindu Religion.

But there are many fascinating facts about Rameshwaram that we might not know. Here we have listed some of these facts.

HISTORICAL FACTS

1. Rameshwaram island was well known by the name “Gandhamadhanam” before the arrival of Lord Rama. It is also believed that in those days, there already existed a temple of Lord Shiva.

2. Rameshwaram was stared as one of the important trading harbors for during the period of Chola and Pandya Kingdom for trading conches (mostly the right hand conch) and pearls (black, brown, white) to countries like Rome, Egypt, China, Sumeria, Arabia, etc.

3. The restoration and reconstruction process of the Ramanathaswamy temple was started in 1414 CE by Udaiyaan Sethupathi and Pararajasekara Aryasakravarthy, a Srilankan (Tamil) King. The granite stones were transported from a Srilankan mountain Thirkonamalai and other various other mountains to Rameshwaram via the water route.

4. In the year 1904, the granite stones were gained from Ambasamudram situated in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu, which were transported to Thuthukudi via bullock carts, and from there they were transported to Rameswaram through sailing ships “RAMANATHAR-PARVATHAVARTHINI”.

5. The British Government released a stamp with the picture of the Rameshwaram Temple in the year 1935.

FACTS ABOUT TRANSPORTATION

6. Below is the table of the history of Rameshwaram’s transportation facilities.

YEARTRANSPORTATION FACILITIES
1902The Railway Service Started From Maduai To Mandapam
1906The Railway Tracks Laid Between Pamban And Rameshwaram
1908The Service Started Between Pamban And Rameshwaram
1911The Cantilever Bridge Rail Bridge Across The Sea Was Instigated
1914The Pamban rail bridge has been completed and the railway
service started
1988The Road bridge across the Rameswaram and Mandapam was
initiated

FACTS ABOUT PAMBAN RAIL BRIDGE

7. Pamban Rail Bridge is called as the queen of Indian bridges, and is the foremost sea bridge. With a length of 2.06 KM and 143 piers, the bridge has finished its 100th anniversary in 2014. The first train ran on this bridge was on February 24, 1914.

FACTS ABOUT PAMBAN ROAD BRIDGE

pamban bridge at sunset

8. The Pamban Road Bridge, better known by Annai Indira Sea Bridge was inaugurated on October 2, 1988 by the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The bridge is 6 KM long and has 77 long pillars, used to hold the bridge.

FACTS ABOUT THE TEMPLE

9. Here are some other interesting facts about the Rameshwaram Temple enlisted below.

  • Coverage Area  15 Acres
  • Outer Wall Length – East-West is 865 feet; South-North is 657 feet
  • The Temple Gopurams  Coated with Alkaline resistant paint to prevent from saline and humid air
  • West Gopuram Height is 78 feet
  • Number of tiers of West Gopuram is 5.
  • East Gopuram Height is 126 feet
  • Number of tiers of East Gopuram is 9
  • The Great Nandi Statue 17 feet tall with a width of 12 feet. And is made up of bricks, lime stones and sea shells.
  • The Pillars Coated with Snow-cem cement to prevent them from corrosion
  • Gandhamadhana Eswara Lingam is believed to be existed before the Rama’s arrival

FACTS ABOUT THE TEMPLE CORRIDOR

10. The third corridor of the Rameshwaram Temple is considered as the world’s largest temple corridor with 1212 pillars and 22 feet 7.5 inches height

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