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Sunday, July 26, 2020

Sri Ramanathaswamy Rameshwaram Temple | Know Your Temples

1. Sri 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. How is the island connected to the mainland?

Ramban Bridge
Pamban Bridge
Lakshman Jhoola
Ram Jhoola
2. What does ‘Ramanathaswamy’, which refers to Lord Shiva, literally means?
The Lord of the World
The Lord of the Earth
The Master of Rama
The Lord of the Universe
3. The temple is believed to have been established and worshiped by Lord Rama, an avatar of the ________, to absolve the sins of killing a Brahmin - Ravan, in Lanka.
Lord Shiva
Lord Ganesha
Lord Vishnu
Lord Brahma
4. According to the Ramayana, Ram, the seventh avatar of the Lord Vishnu, prayed to the Lord Shiva to absolve him of the sin committed during his war against the king Ravana in Sri Lanka. Ram wanted to have a large lingam to worship Shiva. He directed one of the lieutenant in his army, to bring a lingam from the Himalayas. When the lieutenant was delayed in bringing the lingam, Ram and devi Sita built a small lingam out of the sand available in the seashore. Who went to Himalayas for bringing the lingam?
5. The temple has two ‘Lingam-s’ presiding. The presiding deity, the Lingam of Ramanathaswamy (Shiva), is believed to have been established and worshiped by Ram who was aided by Devi Sita and Lord Hanuman. ___________ was the one built with sand by Devi Sita herself and _________ was the one brought by Lord Hanuman from Kailasha, Himalayas.
Ramalingam and Hanumanlingam
Ramalingam and Viswalingam
Hanumanlingam and Viswalingam
Ramalingam and Veerlingam
6. Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple is one of the holiest Hindu _______________ sites comprising Badrinath, Puri, Dwarka and Rameshwaram.
Char Dham
Chaturbhuj Yatra
7. The outer corridors of Rameshwaram temple is considered as the longest in the world, with a total length of 3850 feet for all the corridors. There are around ______ pillars in the outer corridor with a height of 30 feet while the main tower of Rajagopuram has a height of around 53 meter.
8. The temple complex is also home to ________ teerthams, or holy water bodies in the form of tanks and wells. These teerthams represent the ___ arrows in Rama’s quiver.
Twenty Two
Thrity Three
9. It is one of the ______ Paadal Petra Sthalams, where the three of the most revered Nayanars (Saivite saints), Appar, Sundarar and Tirugnana Sambandar have glorified the temple with their songs.
10. Ramanathaswamy shrine is built using ____________ granite stones, and the Vimana (rooftop tower) was coated with gold. Within the temple, there are separate shrines for Ramanathswamy, Visalakshi, Parvathavardhini, Santanaganpathi, Mahaganapathi, Subrahmanya, Sethumadhava, Mahalaxmi, Nataraja, and Anjaneya.
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