Rameswaram, the Temple City, is situated in the Ramanathapuram District of Madras State at a distance of about 413 miles Southeast Madras. It is the terminus of the Southern Railway in the extreme and there is a direct train service from Madras. The Temple City is an island of 31 miles length and 7 miles width in the shape of Vishnu's Conch.
According to mythology the island is described as Gandhamdana Hill. It was said to have been connected with the m land of India in the past, but in the 15th century a causeway was structed by Krishnania Naick which was subsequently damaged by storm and the land was cut off to form an island. It exists as such ever being connected by a railway bridge at Pamban Junction to Rameswaram in the mainland.
Author : Shri R. K. Das