Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple
Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple is one of the holiest Hindu Char Dham shrines located near the sea in southern India. Basically, the temple was built to worship of lord Rama in the dedication of Hindu religion. Due to near to sea, it has a pleasant climate which lures the visitors with its breeze atmosphere. The temple is very famous for its longest corridor and full support of strong pillars which has been standing till now. It is believed that whole Ramayana has been illustrated here thus; it gained an immense mythological significance.
According to the mythology it was believed that Lord Rama prayed to Shiva to forgive all his sins that he might have committed during his war against the demon king Ravana. However, this is not found and mentioned in any of the original Ramayana authored by Maharishi Valmiki not even in tamil version as well. This explanation may be found in some of the later versions of the Ramayana, of the 15th century penned by Swami Tulasidas and others.
As similar to other scared temples in South India, it has a high compound wall (madil) on all four sides of the temple with 865 feet height. There are huge towers (Gopurams) from north to south and its gate towers have been finished on the north to south direction. It consists of beautiful long corridors along with huge colonnades on platforms above five feet high. The temple has outer set of corridors which is considered to be the longest in the world with a height of 400 feet. The corridor which is placed in the east and west is measured with about 640 feet in north and south. The width of the corridors varies from 15.5 feet to 17 feet in the east, 172 feet in the west and varying 14.5 feet to 17 feet in the north. The temple has been constructed with the full support of 1200 pillars in the outer corridor.