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History of RMM/Rameshwaram island  
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Jul 15 2013 (10:54)

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History of RMM/Rameshwaram island

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Jul 15 2013 (10:32)
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AKGarg*   Added by: Charm Vanished*^~  Jul 15 2013 (10:54)
Corridor of Hundred Pillars
Rameswaram, (also spelt as Ramesvaram or Rameshwaram) is a town in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is located on Pamban Island separated from mainland India by the Pamban channel and is about 50 kilometres from Mannar Island, Sri Lanka. It is situated in the Gulf of Mannar, at the very tip of the Indian peninsula. Pamban Island, also known as Rameswaram Island, is connected to mainland India by the Pamban Bridge. Rameswaram is the terminus of the railway line from Chennai and Madurai. Together with Varanasi, it is considered to be one of the holiest places in India to Hindus, and part of the Char Dham pilgrimage.
to legend, this is the place from where the Hindu god Rama built a bridge,across the sea to Lanka to rescue his consort Sita from her abductor Ravana. The Ramanathaswamy Temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva is located at the centre of the town and is closely associated with Rama. The temple along with the town is considered a holy pilgrimage site for both Shaivites and Vaishnavites
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Jul 15 2013 (10:43)
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Charm Vanished*^~   Added by: Charm Vanished*^~  Jul 15 2013 (10:54)
Thanks Sri Garg for the brief write up. Its history as per wikipedia is:
The history of Rameswaram is centred around the island being a transit point to reach Sri Lanka (Ceylon historically) and the presence of Ramanathaswamy Temple. Tevaram, the 7th–8th century Tamil compositions on Shiva by the three prominent Nayanars (Saivites) namely Appar, Sundarar and Thirugnanasambandar. The Chola king Rajendra Chola I (1012 – 1040 CE) had a control of the town for a short period. The Jaffna kingdom (1215–1624 CE) had close connections with the island and claimed the
title Setukavalan meaning custodians of the Rameswaram. Hinduism was their state religion and they made generous contribution to the temple. Setu was used in their coins as well as in inscriptions as marker of the dynasty.
According to Firishta, Malik Kafur, the head general of Alauddin Khilji, the ruler of Delhi Sultanate, reached Rameswaram during his political campaign in spite of stiff resistance from the Pandyan princes in the early 14th century. He erected a mosque by name Alia al-Din Khaldji in honour of victory of Islam. During the early 15th century, the present day Ramanathapuram, Kamuthi and Rameswaram were included in the Pandya dynasty. In 1520 CE, the town came under the rule of Vijayanagara Empire. The Sethupathis, the breakaway from Madurai Nayaks, ruled Ramanathapuram and contributed to the Ramanathaswamy temple. The most notable of them are the contributions of Muthu Kumara Ragunatha and Muthu Ramalinga Sethupathi, who transformed the temple to an architectural ensemble. The region was repeatedly captured several times by Chanda Sahib (1740 – 1754 CE), Arcot Nawab and Muhammed Yusuf Khan (1725 – 1764 CE) in the middle of 18th century. In 1795 CE, Rameswaram came under the direct control of the British East India Company and was annexed to the Madras Presidency. After 1947, the town became a part of Independent India.[15]

Jul 15 2013 (10:51)
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Charm Vanished*^~   Added by: Charm Vanished*^~  Jul 15 2013 (10:55)
As a follow up to the visitors, there is a Gurudwara Sahib (Holy Sikh Temple) at walking distance from the The Ramanathaswamy Temple. Ample lodging facilities for comfortable stay exist at the Gurudwara Sahib for the pilgrims. Though the management do not charge anything for food or rooms etc, we should donate liberally as the Gurdwara Saheb has no independent source of income.
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