Photos| Rameshwaram: A journey from Ayodhya to Land's End

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Devotees walk towards the famous Kothandarama Swamy Temple near Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu. According to the Ramayana, Lord Ram before proceeding to Lanka performed Shiv puja for his victory over Ravana, at the site where the current Rameshwaram temple was later built. Recently, Prime Minister Modi flagged off a new express train, Shraddha Sethu Express, which connects the two important pilgrimage centres of Rameshljkwaram and Ayodhya. (PTI)

Devotees walk towards the famous Kothandarama Swamy Temple near Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu. According to the Ramayana, Lord Ram before proceeding to Lanka performed Shiv puja for his victory over Ravana, at the site where the current Rameshwaram temple was later built. Recently, Prime Minister Modi flagged off a new express train, Shraddha Sethu Express, which connects the two important pilgrimage centres of Rameshljkwaram and Ayodhya. (PTI)

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The Ramanathaswamy Temple is situated on the island city of Rameshwaram, itself a famous tourist attraction surrounded by the Arabian sea. (R Senthil Kumar /PTI)

The Ramanathaswamy Temple is situated on the island city of Rameshwaram, itself a famous tourist attraction surrounded by the Arabian sea. (R Senthil Kumar /PTI)

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Ramanathaswamy Temple said to be built in the 12 century AD is a fine specimen of late Dravidian architecture. It is known the world over for its sculpted pillars and corridors which stand out for their elaborative design and carvings. (R Senthil Kumar /PTI)

Ramanathaswamy Temple said to be built in the 12 century AD is a fine specimen of late Dravidian architecture. It is known the world over for its sculpted pillars and corridors which stand out for their elaborative design and carvings. (R Senthil Kumar /PTI)

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With hundreds of devotees travelling long distances to pay homage to their respective deities, PM Modi on July 27, 2017 flagged off a new express train, Shraddha Sethu Express, which connects the two important pilgrimage centres of Rameswaram and Ayodhya along a distance of 2921 km. (PTI)

With hundreds of devotees travelling long distances to pay homage to their respective deities, PM Modi on July 27, 2017 flagged off a new express train, Shraddha Sethu Express, which connects the two important pilgrimage centres of Rameswaram and Ayodhya along a distance of 2921 km. (PTI)

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It is believed that Ravana was a devotee of Shiv, so Lord Ram had asked Hanuman to get the biggest Shivalingam to Rameswaram so that he could pray and seek forgiveness for the killing of Ravana. With the auspicious hour fleeting, Sita created a linga out of sand which Rama prayed to before heading towards Ayodhya. (R Senthil Kumar / PTI)

It is believed that Ravana was a devotee of Shiv, so Lord Ram had asked Hanuman to get the biggest Shivalingam to Rameswaram so that he could pray and seek forgiveness for the killing of Ravana. With the auspicious hour fleeting, Sita created a linga out of sand which Rama prayed to before heading towards Ayodhya. (R Senthil Kumar / PTI)

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The Ramanathaswamy temple has the longest architectural corridor in India running 197mtrs from east to west and 133mtrs north to south. The temple also has a gopuram, a pyramidal structure at the entrance which is 38.4mtrs tall. (R Senthil Kumar / PTI)

The Ramanathaswamy temple has the longest architectural corridor in India running 197mtrs from east to west and 133mtrs north to south. The temple also has a gopuram, a pyramidal structure at the entrance which is 38.4mtrs tall. (R Senthil Kumar / PTI)

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People offer prayers to their ancestors at the famous Dhanushkodi beach at Arichal Munai in Rameswaram. (R Senthil Kumar / PTI)

People offer prayers to their ancestors at the famous Dhanushkodi beach at Arichal Munai in Rameswaram. (R Senthil Kumar / PTI)

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Tourists walk towards the famous Kothandarama Swamy Temple near Rameswaram. (R Senthil Kumar / PTI)

Tourists walk towards the famous Kothandarama Swamy Temple near Rameswaram. (R Senthil Kumar / PTI)

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