Chennai, Jan 12: Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Saturday dedicated Rejuvenated Theerthams to the Nation at the island town of Rameswaram.
The function was organised by Island Development Committee and 'Green Rameswaram'. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Purohit said Rameswaram was a very sacred place for millions of Indians.
''A pilgrimage to Varanasi is considered to be incomplete without a pilgrimage to Rameswaram'', he said, adding, the town along with the Ramanathaswamy temple was one of the holiest Hindu Char Dham (four divine sites) sites, the other three being Badrinath, Puri and Dwaraka.
Rameswara means “One who is lord of Rama” an epithet of Shiva, the presiding deity of the Ramanathaswamy Temple, he said. The Governor said according to the Ramayana, Rama prayed to Shiva here at Rameswaram. For the worship of Shiva, Rama wanted to have a lingam and directed Hanuman to bring it from the Himalayas.
Since it took longer to bring the lingam, Sita created one lingam from the sands of the shores. This account was provided in the original Ramayana authored by Valmiki, he said.
There were a number of holy theerthams at Rameswaram, many of which were connected with the Ramayana. The act of having a dip in the Teerthas was a sacred act, which reinforces the right way of living, Mr Purohit said. UNI