Ramarokha Temple also known as Gandamadana Parvatham (Ramar Paadham) Temple and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is located at Rameshwaram, Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu
Gandamadana Parvatham is the tallest peak on Pamban Island which lies in the Palk Strait between mainland India and Sri Lanka. Gandhamadhana Parvatam is located towards the north-west of Rameshwaram and is famous for its beautiful sunrise and sunset. It is a holy place for the pilgrims, who come to worship Lord Rama’s footprints, which can be seen within the premises of the shrine. The double storied Mandapam of the Ramjharoka Temple on this hillock houses the footprints of Lord Rama on the Chakra. Gandhamadhana is located 3 kilometres from Rameswaram, almost midway between the western edge of the island and the ghost-town of Dhanushkodi at the corner of the eastern promontory.
About The Temple
The Gandamadana Parvatam is situated at a distance of 3 kilometers to the north of the temple of Rameshwaram. The Gandamadana Parvatam is a hill and is the highest spot in the island of Rameshwaram. On the Gandamadana Parvatam, there is a two-storeyed Mandapam. In this Mandapam, Lord Rama’s feet or Padam is found as an impression on a chakra. Every year thousands of pilgrims gather in the island of Rameswaram to worship the Gandamadana Parvatam.
Gandamadana Parvatham also known as Rama Foot or Ramar Patham. It is also believed that Rama stood on this point to search the whereabouts of Sita, while she was captured by Ravana. Apart from this place, pilgrims visiting the Gandamadana Parvatham can also visit Sukreeva Temple and Satchi Hanuman Temples on the way.
Legend and Stories
Mt. Gandhamadhana is believed to be the hillock from whose summit the Hindu God Hanuman commenced his flight to Ravana's Lanka. Kalidasa refers to Gandhamadhana, in the vicinity of the mythical city of Osadhiprastha in Himalaya Mountain, having Santanaka trees.
Nath tradition holds that Parashurama, after enacting his vengeance, sought out Dattatreya atop Mount Gandhamadana for spiritual guidance. Their conversations gave rise to Tripura Rahasya, a treatise on Advaita Vedanta. It was here, the deity instructed the warrior-sage on knowledge of scripture, renunciation of worldly activities, and non-duality, thus freeing Parashurama from the cycle of death and rebirth.
How To Reach Rameshwaram
Rameshwaram does not have an airport. Nearest airport is Madurai Airport.
One can easily get regular trains to Rameshwaram from other major cities of the country.
There are regular buses from other major cities of the country to Rameshwaram.
GP Road, Rameswaram, Ramanathapurm District,
Tamil Nadu, Pincode - 623526.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Freedom from diseases
- Relief from adverse effects from bad planetary aspects
- Relief from bondage
Achutham Keyshavam Rama Narayanam Krishna Damodaram Vasudevam Harim Shridharam Madhavam Gopika Vallabham Janaki Nayakam Ramachandram Bhajey
Meaning -Oh Lord who cannot be perished, who also has names like Keshava, Rama, Damodara, Narayana, Sridhara, Madhava, Krishna, Ramachandra the beloved of Janaki, let me say your name regularly.
Vasudeva Sutham Devam Kamsa Chanoora Mardhanam Devaki Paramanandham Krishnam Vande Jagathgurum
Meaning -I bow to you O Krishna, the ultimate guru, Devaki and Vasudeva's son, and the destroyer of Kamsa and Chanur.
Adharam Madhuram Vadanam Madhuram Nayanam Madhuram Hasitam Madhuram Hridayam Madhuram Gamanam Madhuram Mathuraa Dhipate Rakhilam Madhuram
Meaning -Meaning - Sweet are Your lips, sweet is Your face, sweet are Your eyes, sweet is Your smile, sweet is Your heart, sweet is Your gait, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.
Alokya Mathur Mukha Madarena Sthanyam Pibantham Saraseeruhaksham Sachinmayam Devam Anantha Roopam Balam Mukundam Manasa Smarami
Meaning -I think of this Balamukundan as the one who looks lovingly at his mother's face while taking milk from her, who has eyes similar to the red lotus, who is the embodiment of truth and intelligence and other forms.
This temple is open from 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM.