To worship Lord Ramanatha or Ramalinga, the hallowed sand Linga made by Sita and installed by Sri Rama, pilgrims enter through the eastern gopuram. They offer prayers to Lord Anjaneya smeared with sindhoor. Then comes the Nandi Mandapa, which houses the flag staff and the Nandi. The stuccoed massive image of the bull is made of lime stone, measuring 17.5 feet high, 23 feet long and 12 feet wide. On either side of the Nandi, one finds interesting sculptural representations of the ocean gods Mahodathi and Ratnakara. The sanctum is flanked on either side by shrines of Vinayaka and Subramanya. Inside the sanctum, we worship Sri Ramanathaswamy. It is said this Linga contains marks of Hanuman’s tail, with which he tried to uproot it in a fit of anger. The Linga is decorated with silver kavacha. It is customary to offer abhisheka to the Lord with holy Ganga water.
In the front mandapa, there is a canopy, carved under which are images of Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, Hanuman with the two Lingas brought from Kailas, and Sugriva, appearing to be informing Rama about Hanuman’s return. In three other canopies in the front hall, we find exquisitely-carved figures of Hanuman, Gandhamadhana Linga and Agastya Linga.
The Town of Rameshwaram is situated in the State of Tamil Nadu in the southern part of India. The holy city of Rameshwaram is also usually referred to as the ‘Benaras of the South’. The presiding god in one of the Temples of Rameshwaram is the Linga of Sri Ranganatha, which is one of the twelve Jyotiralingas of India. According to the popular beliefs among people, it is compulsory to visit Rameshwaram in order to achieve Moksha.
The Ramanathaswami Temple built by Pandya kings in Dravidian architecture is a popular Hindu temple which is located in the island of Rameshwaram. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. According to the Shiva mythology, it is commonly believed that in this place Lord Rama prayed to Lord Shiva, to absolve all the sins which he might have committed during the battle against the demon king Ravana. The Ramanathaswami Temple is one of the holiest of the Hindu shrines that should be visited at least once in a lifetime.
The Ramanathaswami Temple, like all the other ancient temples in South India, has a high compound wall on all the four sides of the temple premises. The huge compound wall measures about 865 feet furlong from east to west and also one furlong of 657 feet from north to south. The walls have huge towers or Gopurams at the east and west and finished gate towers on the north and the south. The Ramanathaswami Temple has really striking long corridors in the interior. The corridors run between huge columnades on platforms, which are above 5 feet high. The junction of the third corridor on the west and the paved way leading from the western Gopuram to the Setumadhava shrine forms a unique structure in the form of a chess board. It is popularly known as Chokkattan Mandapam. The outer set of the corridors has a reputation of being the longest in the world. It is 400 feet each in the east and the west and about 640 feet in the north and south. The inner corridors are about 224 feet in east and west and about 352 feet each in north and south. The total length of all these corridors is 3850 feet. There are 1212 pillars in the outer corridor. The height of the pillars is about 30 feet from the floor to the centre of the roof and height of corridor is 22 feet 7.6 inches.
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pauloog (11751) 2009-08-13 1:02
A fine view, rendering well the long line of pillars and decorations.
swiatopelk777 (0) 2009-08-13 1:48
Mysterious corridor. Wonderful long perspective. Fantastic take.
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Parasbhalla (238) 2009-08-13 2:13
Namastay Mahendra ji,
An impressive capture of the corridor of Ramanathaswami Temple!
The POV is the best part of your picture, in addition to the great harmony of colors. I like the arrangement of the pillar, maing me curious to think what is after the pillars. Very well seen shot!
thanks and regards,
thaprem (2558) 2009-08-13 8:00
That is a nice one to remember the location...
The note is also very nice.
bakes888 (18499) 2009-08-13 23:17
Hi Mahendra. Great photo, well composed with good symmetry and perspective giving excellent depth. Good sharpness and detail also. Thanks for sharing.
Have a good weekend, Paul.
claire526 (1267) 2009-08-18 8:39
Excellent symmetry here. I love the idea and the girl with a red skirt coordinating with the colors on the cealing makes this shot special. Great perspective. TFS
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2009-08-19 7:32
Namaste Mahendra ji, you have composed it nicely. The symmetry looks great. The way leads our eyes to the end of the photo. The repeatation of those gorgeous pillars added a lot to this shot. Great detailling with neatness and sharpness. Tfs.
romalek (3126) 2009-08-20 4:13
Very nice, interesting perspective and a long, very good staff.
Greetings from Poznan
Urs (14082) 2009-08-26 0:40
As usual your note is very well written and there is little to critique your picture. The perspective is fine, there are two different schools, one says to take the picture as you did, the other - which I prefer - is to one or two steps to the left or right, I guess the latter would be better, and shot, to get a more diagonal perspective. The only thing I really would strongly advise is to photograph the persons walking towards you much nearer, to fill the empty room in the FG. Otherwise sharpness, colors, light management and DOF are perfect.
lctan (1061) 2009-08-27 5:53
WOW! This is a great shot of the corridor! Fabulous composition from a great POV. amazing photo. the people adds to the perspective of the place. congrats and tfs
AleGaro (269) 2009-08-28 5:03
Hi! Impressive light in this incredible corridor. I like very much the way you shot the light near the end (and the center) of the place while the end is in the dark. The eye is directed to go in the center in that way. Congratulation! :o)
testmaniac (13508) 2009-08-31 1:57
Hello Mahendra,good photo from Ramanathaswami Temple. Amazing architecture no doubt!
TFS and regards,
mafegan (8624) 2009-09-03 18:18
Really good symmetrical photo and I like the pov. I feel the photo could be a little sharper and so I have done a workshop - hope you don't mind. Tfs, Marlene
Selmik (3459) 2009-09-03 21:13
this amazing photo;the most that catches an eye right away is symmetry-You shoed it perfectly;of course,long and deep perspective along with colors and resolution made it a good composition overall.
divail (8334) 2009-09-07 18:37
Un magnifique effet graphique. Les personnages aident ŕ nous situer dans l'espace. Bravo.
CLODO (34096) 2009-09-25 2:18
There is a vibration effect in your shot due to the repetition of the arches? it seems it is a zoom effect but in many pictures.
Thanks for sharing
vasilpro (41315) 2009-10-15 8:29
Wonderful composition with an excellent perspective and DOF, colors and light management are very well also.
scalerman (26900) 2009-10-21 15:38
Mahendra: impossible not to recognize this famous hall. regards, and tfs. c
JCG (35129) 2009-10-28 4:17
This corridor is really astonishing and rich in architectural details. I like the atmosphere which emerges from the place. The human presence gives a good scale of dimensions. Beautiful and interesting photograph just like the note, thank you Mahendra.
With all my friendships and with soon,
bnilesh (579) 2009-11-07 19:08
Outstanding POV & perspective! I like the way you have framed the image with nice leading lines & very well controlled exposure!