03 NIGHTS 04 DAYS
MADURAI RAMESHWARAM JYOTIRLINGA TOUR
Tour : 6
Duration : 03 Nights/04 Days
Destination Covered : Madurai – Rameshwaram – Kanyakumari
About Rameshwaram Jyotirlinga Temple
Ramanathaswamy Temple -is a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Shiva located on Rameswaram island in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is also one of the twelve Jyotirlinga temples. It is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams, where three of the most revered Nayanars (Saivite saints), Appar, Sundarar and Tirugnana Sambandar, have glorified the temple with their songs. The temple was expanded during the 12th century by the Pandya Dynasty, and its principal shrine’s sanctum was renovated by Jeyaveera Cinkaiariyan and his successor Gunaveera Cinkaiariyan, monarchs of the Jaffna kingdom. The temple has the longest corridor among all Hindu temples in India. It was built by King Muthuramalinga Sethupathiy. The temple, located in Rameswaram, is considered a holy pilgrimage site for Shaivites, Vaishnavites and Smarthas. Mythological accounts depict the presiding deity, the Lingam of Ramanathaswamy (Shiva), as having been established and worshiped by Rama, before he crossed his bridge to the present-day island of Sri Lanka.
According to Hindu epic Ramayana, Rama, the seventh avatar of the god Vishnu, prayed to Shiva here to absolve any sins that he might have committed during his war against the demon-king Ravana in Sri Lanka. According to the Puranas[which?] (Hindu scriptures), upon the advice of sages, Rama along with his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana, installed and worshipped the lingam(an iconic symbol of Shiva) here to expiate the sin of Brahmahatya incurred while killing Ravana (who was a Brahmin and son of Vishrava). To worship Shiva, Rama directed his trusted lieutenant Hanuman (avatar of Shiva himself) to bring it from Himalayas. Since it took longer to bring the lingam, Sita built a lingam made of sand from the nearby seashore, which is also believed to be the one in the sanctum of the temple. This account is well supported by the original Ramayana authored by Valmiki were it is written in Yudha Kanda.[where?] According to another version, as quoted in Adhyatma Ramayana, Rama installed the lingam before the construction of the bridge to Lanka.
Day 01: Arrival at Madurai
On arrival at Madurai Railway station, meet our representative and proceed to hotel for check-in and after fresh-n-up we will visit Meenakshi Temple. Later back to hotel for Dinner and Overnight stay.
Day 02: Madurai – Rameshwaram (170 Kms Drive)
In the morning after breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Rameshwaram. After arrival check-in the hotel and later transfer to visit the popular lord shiva temple Ramanathaswamy and Panchmukhi Hanuman Temple. Later back to hotel for Dinner and Overnight stay.
Day 03: Rameshwaram – Kanyakumari (310 Kms Drive)
Next day, after breakfast check-out from the hotel and transfer to Kanyakumari. On arrival at Kanyakumari check-in the hotel and visit Kanyakumari Temple where mata Parvati is worshipped. Later visit Vivekananda Rock Memorial and Thiruvalluvar statue. Later back to hotel for Dinner and Overnight stay.
Day 04: Kanyakumari – Madurai (250 Kms drive)
In the morning after breakfast check-out from the hotel and transfer to Madurai Railway Station/Airport for Onward Journey.
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