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Floating Stones at Rameshwaram Temple

Rameswaram is the sacred town renowed for the Ramanathaswamy Temple. The place Rameswaram, always flashes the Ramasethu episode of Ramayana. Rama and his Vanara army including Hanuman constructed the see bridge (sethu) to Sri Lanka, killed Ravana in a great war and rescued Sita Devi. According to Ramayana, this bridge was built more than 1.75 million years ago. This bridge made of floating stones can still be seen between India and Sri Lanka from Rameshwaram, the place where Lord Ram prayed to lord Shiva and started the construction of the bridge. Since this story is very old and unproven, many historians, scientists and archaeologists deny accepting this bridge to be built by lord Rama but at the same time they are unable to explain the concept of floating stones found in Rameshwaram. There are no proofs of this bridge being built by lord Rama but there are many evidences for the same.

Strange floating stones of Rameshwaram

Strange fact about these floating stones is that they are found only on the coastal regions of Rameshwaram. These stones are similar to any other stone and possess the same features, physical and chemical composition.

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Wonders & Tourist Attractions

  • You have to believe the fact that 20 kg stone floats on the water
  • Amazing floating stones only found in coastal region of Rameswaram
  • Ramayana says floating stones used in the construction of Ramasethu
  • These floating stones may be the evidences of Ramasethu (Adam's Bridge)
  • These stones are similar to normal stones in physical & chemical composition
  • The theory of these stones made of Pumice (Volcanic rock), is also unproven
  • Thousands of pilgrims everyday, shows high interest to see floating stones
  • 4 to 5 floating stones, each weighing 10 to 20 kgs kept in Rameswaram temple
  • Few more stones are there in Panchamukha Hanuman temple

Address of Rameswaram

Rameswaram temple town is located in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu state, India - 623526.

How to Reach

Rameshwaram, though an Island town, well connected rail and road ways through a 2 km sea bridge. Trains are there from all major cities.

  • Distance From: Ramanathapuram - 60 km, Madurai - 170 km, Trichy - 230 km, Kanyakumari - 309 km, Chennai - 560 km
  • Nearest Airport: Madurai
  • Nearest Bus Station: Rameswaram
  • Nearest Railway Station: Rameshwaram

Where to Stay

The Devasthanam provides Rest Houses with all modern facilities for the Pilgrims. Most hotels are geared towards pilgrims, and some cheapies (which are mostly pretty grim) refuse to take single travelers, but there’s a string of reasonable mid-range hotels.

What to Eat

You will get nice & inexpensive vegetarian South Indian food all over the town. There are some restaurants offering multi-cuisine menu.

Things to Take Care

Book accommodation ahead before festivals to avoid rush from huge crowds

Science channel confirms the Existence of 'Rama Sethu'

Visiting Places Near Rameswaram

  • Madurai