What are Rameshwaram significances | How Rama Setu was constructed | Why Rama installed Linga at Rameshwaram

 

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Once, Shaunaka Maharshi and few other sages asked Sutaji, as to how could a man become free from the bondage of the world.

They also inquired whether there was an existence of any such holy place capable of liberating a man from heinous of sin.

Sutaji replied: ‘Ramateertha (Rameshwaram) is supreme among all the places of pilgrimage.’

‘A mere sight of this holy place is enough to free a man from the bondage of this mortal world.’

 
‘Going on a pilgrimage to Rameshwaram gives virtues similar to what is attained by performing all the yagyas.’
 
‘One, who takes a holy dip at Setu Rameshwaram, attains to Vishnuloka.’
 
‘Merely by sleeping at the sea shore of Rameshwaram, a man gets absolved of heinous of sins like brahmahatya, etc.’
 
‘A man is blessed if his remains are consigned to the holy waters at Rameshwara after his death.’
 
‘Scriptures say that five types of sins are as grave as the sin of brahmahatya’:
 
1. One, who criticizes sages
 
2. A selfish person who cooks food only for himself
 
3. One who destroys well laid path making it difficult for people to tread upon
 
4. One who accepts food from a ‘chandala’ and
 
5. One who sells food grains to a chandala.
 
But, all these just disappears once the sinner reaches Rameshwaram.
 
SETU BANDHANA
 
All the sages were curious to know about the holy places in the vicinity of Rameshwaram. 
 
 
Demon Ravana abducting Sri Sita Devi. Jatayu bird tries to fight with Ravana, but the demon Ravana cuts off Jatayu’s wing.
 
Sutaji replied:
 
Bhagavan Sri Rama went into exile accompanied by Sri Sita Devi, his consort and his younger brother, Laxmana.
 
Ravana, the demon king who ruled over Lanka deceitfully abducted Sri Sita Devi. 
 
Subsequently, Bhagavan Sri Rama befriended Sugreeva and killed Bali, who harbored enmity against him.
 
Sugreeva sent monkeys in all directions to find out where Sita had been kept by Ravana.
 
Later when Bhagavan Sri Rama reached Mahendra Parvata accompanied by Laxmana, Hanuman, Sugreeva, Jambavana, Nala and may more brave warriors, they stayed for a brief period at Chakrateertha, where Vibhishana came to see Bhagavan Sri Rama.
 
Eventually Vibhishana was nominated the king of all the demons by Bhagavan Sri Rama to the great displeasure of his brother Ravana.
 
Bhagavan Sri Rama and his army faced an uphill task of reaching Lanka for they had to cross the ocean, which lay as a great barrier between them and their destination.
 
 
From Left: Hanuman and others contructing Rama Setu. Rama, Lakshmana watching the contruction of Rama Setu. After the construction, Hanuman and others carrying Rama and Lakshmana towards Lanka.
 
Samudra Deva (Ocean Demigod) revealed to Bhagavan Sri Rama that Nala had divine powers and whatever he would throw in the Ocean would not sink down, but keep on floating. 
 
Nala tried to check the authenticity of Samudra’s statement by throwing a huge rock into the ocean, as he himself was not aware of his powers.
 
To the sheer amazement of everybody present there, the rock started floating on the surface of the ocean instead of sinking down.
 
All the rest of the monkeys tried to emulate Nala’s feat by throwing huge rocks into the ocean and to their own surprise found that the rocks did not sink. 
 
This was how a bridge was built and across the ocean which made it possible for Bhagavan Sri Rama and his army to cross the ocean.
 
The length of Setu Rameshwaram Bandhana is hundred yojana and it is ten yojana broad. 
 
Satellite image of the present day Rama Setu.
 
There are many holy places situated on the bridge, prominent among which are: 
 
1. Chakra teertha
 
2. Paapa vinashana teertha
 
3. Sita sarovara
 
4. Mangala teertha
 
5. Amrita vaatika
 
6. Brahma kunda
 
7. Hanuman kunda
 
8. Agastya teertha
 
9. Rama teertha
 
10. Lakshmana teertha
 
11. Jaya teertha
 
12. Lakshmi teertha
 
13. Agni teertha
 
14. Shiva teertha
 
15. Shankha teertha
 
16. Yamuna teertha
 
17. Ganga teertha
 
18. Koti-teertha
 
19. Manasa-teertha
 
20. Dhanushakoti teertha
 
RAMESHWARAM LINGA
 
Describing how Bhagavan Sri Rama had installed Rameshwaram Linga, Sutaji said:
 
‘After killing Ravana, Sri Rama enthroned Vibhishana as the king of Lanka.’ 
 
‘While returning to Ayodhya he made a brief stop at Gandhamadana mountain.’ 
 
‘Since the thought of having killed a brahmin (Ravana) kept on tormenting him, he decided to atone for his sins. So, he installed the idol of Rameshwaram Linga at RameshwaraM setu.’ 
 
‘Rameshwaram Linga is so sacrosanct that all the holy places, sages and ancestors are believed to exist within the temple premise of Maheshwara Linga.’ 
 
‘Being installed by Bhagavan Sri Rama himself, this particular Linga has special significance attached to it.’
 
‘One who goes on a pilgrimage to this holy place, is certain to attain salvation even if he were a ‘Mlechha’ (born in a family who eat cow’s meat and one who doesn’t follow Dharma at all).
 
PS: We should always remember that, Bhagavan Sri Rama is svayam Bhagavan / Ishvara / Parameshvara / Parabrahma.
 
He is called as “aatma kaama”, that is, he doesn’t need anybody to fulfill his desires and he doesn’t need to make others happy.
 
In fact all others starting from Sri Mahalakshmi Devi, Sri Brahma Deva, Sri Rudra Deva etc etc etc all are followers of Bhagavan Sri Rama / Sri Krishna.
 
Whatever Sri Hari has instructed, all such instructions has to be obeyed by all.
 
Also we should note that, Bhagavan Sri Rama, he only shows the way for the common person to follow, that means he shows us the path if one does one or more sins, that person has to do so and so Karmas to get rid of those sins.
 
Bhagavan Sri Rama / Sri Krishna doesn’t need to pray anybody and he never follows anyone, as he is svayam Bhagavan.
 
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