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Temple at Rameshvaram

Listed under Sacred Spaces in Karur, India.

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The temple at Rameshvaram, in addition to being one of the four Holy Dhama sites, is also one of the twelve sacred Jyotir Lingas. Among India's most ancient temples sites, the Jyotir Lingas are worshipped as containing the creative power of Shiva. Unique among the twelve Jyotir Lingas, Rameshvaram has two sacred Lingas, one of stone brought by Hanuman from Mt. Kailash and the other of sand fashioned by Sita, the wife of Rama.

The enormous temple of the two Shiva Lingams lies near the seashore at the tip of India. Besides the 100-foot tall gopuram towers shown in the photograph, the temple is renowned for its magnificent corridors with massive stone pillars. Decorating the sides of the gopuram towers and throughout the interior of the temple are thousands of exquisite sculptures depicting mythic events from the Ramayana, the great epic story of India. There are also twenty-two sacred bathing pools within the temple complex. Fully clothed, pilgrims will immerse themselves in each of these pools - known for their miraculous healing cures - before praying at the two Shiva Lingams. Perhaps the finest example of Dravidian architecture in south India, the present temple dates from the 12th century and is the composite work of several different kings. More than ten thousand pilgrims pass through the temple each day, making Rameshvaram one of the most visited and vital sacred sites in all of Asia.

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Written by  Martin Gray.

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