Rameshwaram Temple is one of Twelve Jyothirlingams, situated in Island of Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. The main Deity is Lord Ramanathaswamy and his consort Goddess Parvathavardhini.
The presiding deity, the Lingam of Ramanathaswamy (Shiva), is believed to have been established and worshiped by Rama,
Significance of Rameshwaram Temple
The temple and the island of Rameswaram have acquired this name because, Lord Rama worshipped Lord Shiva, the God of Gods here on return from Sri Lanka. According to legend, after killing Ravana Lord Rama returned with his consort Goddess Seetha to India first stepping on the shores of Rameswaram. To expiate the ""dosha"" of killing a brahmin, Lord Rama wanted to offer worship to Lord Shiva. Since there was no shrine in the island had despatched Sri Hauman to Kailash to bring an idol of Lord Shiva. Since pooja had to be done within an auspicious time period and Hanuman didn’t return quick enough, Sita made a Linga out of sand which is known as the Ramalingam. But the Vishvalingam that Hanuman brought is always worshipped before the Ramalingam. The same tradition continues even today.
There are sixty-four Thirthas (holy water bodies) in and around the island of Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, India. According to SkÄ