In Rrameswaram, first day trip ended with visiting Danushkodi and other temples. Next day, we did srartham for our ancestors in Uttaradhi Mutt. After lunch, we took a taxi to visit some other places in Rameswaram.
First, we went to Devipattinam. Devipattinam is a coastal village situated in the Ramanathapuram district. Devipattinam is 65.9 Km distance far from Rameswaram island and 13.8 Km distance from Ramanathapuram via the east coast Road. Lord Rama installed the nine stones representing the Navagrahas, (the 9 planets), to worship before commencing the war with the demon king Ravana, who kidnapped Rama’s wife Sita. It is believed by the pilgrims that by took bath in this sea and worship the 9 planets, all our karma related problems and Navagraha dhoshams will be rectified. This Navagraha temple is located a few meters from the seashore and is located inside the sea.
After worshipping Navagrahas, we moved to Utharakosamangai. Thiru Uthirakosamangai is a renowned Shiva temple believed to exist from 3000 years ago. The presiding deity Managalanathar is believed to have preached the meanings of Vedas and other auspicious secrets of Hinduisms to His consort Managalambigai at this holy place. Yet another most significant aspect of this temple is the Lord Nataraja idol. Lord Nataraja is considered to be the dancing form of Lord Shiva. The unbelievable fact about this idol is that Lord Nataraja stands as a six feet tall statue carved out of a single emerald stone. Once a year, on the day of Thriuvadhirai Star during the Tamil month Margazhi, Lord Nataraja can be worshipped without the sandal paste. There is a separate shrine in this temple where 1008 distinct idols of Shiva Lingams are found and they are called as Sahasra Lingam.
Sethukarai , meaning the edge of the sea at Sethu, a tiny village near Tirupullani, finds a prominent place in the Ramayana. It is believed that Lord Rama constructed a bridge of floating stones across the sea to Srilanka , with the help of Hanuman and His army of vanaras. Interestingly, a Hanuman temple is here facing the sea. People take a holy dip in the sea and worship Lord Hanuman , invoking His blessings. It is also said to be the place hwere Rama accepted the surrender of Vibeeshana, brother of Ravana. It is a very small temple and is visited be many pilgrims to Rameshwaram, which is about 70 KM from here. It is easily reached from Ramanathapuram by road in about 90 minutes. .
Finally, we went to Thirupullani. Located at a distance of around 70 km from Rameshwaram, Sri Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, popularly known as Thirupullani Temple, is one of the 108 Divya Desam temples. In this Thirupullani temple, the main deity is Lord Dharba Sayana Rama. The speciality of this temple is that Lord has been shown in reclining posture. There are also separate shrines for Goddess Padmasini, who is the consort of Lord Adi Jagannatha, Goddess Shridevi, Goddess Bhudevi, Lord Krishna. The image of Lord Krishna in this temple has been shown depicting Lord dancing on a snake.
Finally, the taxi driver dropped us in Mandapam Railway station, as trains to Rameswaram go upto Mandapam only. We returned to Coimbatore, carrying sweet memories about the historical place, Rameswaram.