On the occasion of Dr A P J Abdul Kalam Memorial Day, we take you on a trip to the quaint town of Rameswaram, the birthplace of the former President of India and this great man of science
By G Sreenivasulu
India's Missile Man and the most loved President of the country, Dr A P J Abdul Kalam had big dreams of transforming India into a force to reckon with. The Government is all set to unveil a majestic memorial for the late President on the occasion of his second death anniversary (July 27) at his hometown, Rameswaram. As we commemorate Dr A P J Abdul Kalam Memorial Day, we take you on a little exploratory trip to the quaint town, which is also a popular destination for pilgrims. It is a must-visit for families, especially children, for whom the great man is truly an inspiration.
The town of Rameswaram, located on the island of Rameswaram (also known as Pamban Island), is separated from mainland India by the Pamban Channel.
The Ramanathaswamy Temple, is one of the 12 existing Jyothirlinga (the Radiant Sign of The Almighty Shiva) temples, and is a place of holy pilgrimage for millions of devotees. The temple and its surroundings have 64 holy water tanks (Thirthas) which are considered highly sacred.
The Indira Gandhi Setu (the road bridge) is 2.3 km long and connects Rameswaram to Mandapam town on the mainland. It is the second longest sea bridge in India, after the Bandra-Worli sea link, and was opened in 1982, much before the Bandra-Worli sea link was even visualised.
The railway bridge (also known as Pamban Bridge), which runs parallel to the road bridge (connecting Rameswaram and Mandapam town), is an engineering marvel and was constructed in 1914. This cantilever bridge has been designed to open up to make way for ships that pass through and still stands strong despite being located on one of the world’s harshest seas.
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