Jada Tirtham is a place near the Dhanushkodi road which finds special mention in the Hindu Epic Ramayana. As the legend narrates that Lord ram after defeating the Demon King- Ravana installed a Shivlinga here before which he washed his hair in the holy water tank. The tank is surrounded by sand dunes and the water in it is as sweet as that of a coconut. The Jada Theertham ia a small temple under a huge peepal tree in the premises of the Kaveri Theertham temple. It is locally believed in Jada Tirtham that the deities in Rameswaram come here to rest.
Legend and Stories
Sage Sukha who was the son of Sage Veda Vyasa upon being unable to attain great power was advised by Rajashri Janaka to visit this place. The sage attained his powers after his visit. He bathed in the Jadmaguda theertham and worshipped Dhyanalingas, Gnaneswarar ,Agnaneswarar. Renowneds sages like Maharishi Birgu and Maharishi Durvasa also visited this place and attained great benefits. The powers of the Jadamaguda Theertha are beyond description.
The temple attracts huge crowds every year on Mahashivratri and on Maha Makam every twelve years.
It is believed that after taking a bath in the Theertham when one prays to the Lingamurthy one's great sins are washed away also praying here strengthens memory and heals the confused and fulfils the wishes of those seeking a child. Bathing in the Jadmaguda theertham on all maga star days every month is believed to be equivalent of bathing in the Mahamaka tank twelve times.
How to Reach Rameswaram
The Madurai Airport (domestic) is located at a distance of 174 kms from Rameswaram. The airport has a well maintained pre paid taxi service.
The nearest airport is at Madurai, about 174 km from Rameswaram. The airport is well connected by flights to many Indian cities like Chennai, Trichy, Bengaluru and Mumbai. Pre-paid taxi services are available from the airport.
The railway station in Rameswaram is a major station for trains coming from Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Trichy, Thanjavur, Palakkad and Bengaluru. The station provides excellent taxi services.
Rameswaram has connected itself to other cities through Tamil Nadu Road Transport Corporation buses and the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation buses connecting the city to , Kanyakumari, Madurai, Trichy and Tirupati.
Jada Theertham Sivan Temple,
Rameswaram, Ramanathapuram District,
Tamil Nadu, India.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Will not get affected with poverty and sins
- to fetch good thoughts free from confusions
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.
The temple is open from 6AM to 9PM.