Villoondi theertham (Thrayambakeshwarar Temple)
Villoondi theertham is a famous tourist attraction in Rameshwaram . It is one of the beaches and also one of the 64 theerthas (sacred water body) in Rameswaram. It is situated 6 Km far from Rameswaram main bus stand. Villoondi theertham beach is a calm place with the silent tides. There is a good water spring situated inside the sea ,it is the main attraction of this place. (Sometimes sea water mixed with that spring water and makes it saline).
There is a small Shiva shrine near to the Villoondi theertham . The shiva lingam here is named as Thrayambakeshvarar.
Mythical story of Villoondi Theertham
There may be some scientific reasons for the existence of pure water spring inside the saline water body, but there is a mythical story from Ramayana which states the existence and the reason for the good water spring inside the sea in this place.
After rescuing his wife Sita from Ravana, Rama and his crew flew from Sri lanka to the Rameshwaram, at Rameswaram they perform rituals and poojas by installing a shiva linga.
After performing the rituals and took bath in the theerthas (Sacred baths) Rama with his crew flew to his birth place Ayodhya by means of pushpaka vimana (A flying machine acquired from ravana) . On the way to his abode, the crew asks for water in thirst.Rama suddenly took his arrow and shot it into the sea , the place where his arrow pierced in the sea, emerged a spring. By that spring, the crew quenched their thirst and thank Rama.
The word “villoondi “ literally means “the place pierced by arrow “ and Theertham means sacred water in Tamil language.
Where is Villoondi Theertham located?
|From||How far is Villoondi theertham|
|Rameswaram bus stand||6 km|
|Parking Area (Government) and Agni theertham Bus stand||8 KM|
|Railway Station||11 KM|
|Thangachi madam||1.5 KM|
How to reach Villoondi Theertham?
- By taking auto rickshaws or private vehicles or Taxis
- By means of government buses from Rameswaram bus stand one can stop at Ekanda Ramar temple or Thangachi madam bus stop (first stop) and reach by walk or by taking auto rickshaw from there. (from this place Villoondi theertham is nearly 1.5 KM)