Ramalinga Vilasam Palace
Ramanthapuram is a historic city that reminds of Lord Rama and Ramayanam(the great Hindu epic)to many.The region was under the might of Ervadi Hazrat Sultan Syed Ibrahim Shaheed during the late 12th and early 13th century. Subsequently, the region was dominated by the successors of Hazrat Sultan Syed Ibrahim Shaheed till they constituted pacification with the Sethupathis. The British named the district as "Ramnad" and the name remained after the Indian Independence. Afterwards,Territorial dominion was named as Ramanthapuram. The Ramnad Palace, is well known as 'Ramalinga Vilasam Palace', has set a record in Southern Tamil Nadu and remained intact.
Entrance of Ramalinga Vilasam Palace Ramanthapuram
History of the Palace:
Ramalinga Vilasam Palace was built by Kizhavan Sethupathi (1674-1710 CE) in17th century, the most popular among the Sethupathi Kings,located in the Heart of Ramanthapuram town 55km from the city,in Tamilnadu,India. This Palace was the brainchild of Kizhavan Sethupathi and believed to have survived various calamities that occurred in this region.The materials used for building the monument were Brick, stone and timber. An equal importance was given to preserve the furniture, utensils and other items used by Sethupathy Kings along with the Palace.It is a heritage building which is under the control of State Archaeological Department which consists of a Darbar hall and a dwelling area inside the Royal Palace.
Ramalinga Vilasam Palace Glory of King Sethupathi
More than a century ago, the 33rd Acharya of Sringeri, Jagadguru Sri Sacchidananda Shivabhinava Narasimha Bharati Mahaswamiji was received at Ramalinga Vilasam Palace,Ramanathapuram by the then Maharaja of Ramnad, Bhaskara Sethupati and visited the Shrine of Rajarajeshwari Temple inside the Palace. The Mahaswamiji had noticed the ferocious aspect of the deity, Goddess Rajarajeshwari in the premises of the palace, and had made Her benign by consecrating a Srichakra and reinstalling the Goddess. He had thus put an end to the large number of animal sacrifices that were taking place in the temple at that time.
Goddess Rajarajeshwari Shrine in Ramalinga Vilasam Palace
Goddess Rajarajeshwari Puja done by Sringeri Jagad Guru in the Palace
Recently, Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji arrived at Ramanathapuram to a royal reception with Poornakumbha offered by Maharani Rajarajeshwari and Sri Kumaran Sethupathy of the Ramanathapuram Samsthanam. The Jagadguru was received at the centuries-old royal hall, Sri Ramalinga Vilasam. Here he gave Anugraha Bhashanam, about the Guru-Shishya relationship between Sringeri Sharada Peetham and the Ramnad Samsthanam and performed the Chandramoulishwara Puja in the hall of Sri Ramalinga Vilasam, Dolotsavam was conducted in the temple in the Jagadguru’s presence. The Jagadguru worshipped Goddess Rajarajeshwari and blessed the members of the royal family and the devotees present at the event.
Attractions in the Palace:
Ramalinga Vilasam Palace Darbar Hall
The Murals found in building portrays the past glory of King Sethupathi, painted with natural dyes that depict everything from business meetings to military conflicts, scenes depicting their battles with the Maratha Kings of Thanjavur, their European contacts which are quite exquisite.
Murals of Sethupathi Kings battling with the Marathas
Ramalinga Vilasam Palace Museum:
Ramalinga Vilasam Palace Museum is a stately building in Ramanathapuram, Tamilnadu. The museum will thrill history and culture buffs thanks to the assortment of interesting exhibits that are steeped in history. In order to preserve the ancient historical objects of the past, the museum has stored objects like glass paintings and photographs to wooden sculptures and objects, beads and shells to armor and oil paintings, textiles and flags to pottery, copper plates, bronze lamps and ivory. It also houses the weapons used by the Sethupathis in the various wars. The Archaeological Museum belongs to Sethupathi of Ramnad and includes sword, gun, iron spear, boomerang and antiquities from Alagankulam excavations and more. It also has various paintings of royal warfare, gods and goddesses. One would spend some quality time in the museum, enriching their knowledge and appreciate the culture and history of the region.
Museum of Ramalinga Vilasam Palace
Nearby Tourist Attractions to visit:
How to reach Ramanthapuram:
Nearest Bus Stand: Ramanthapuram runnning both town buses and inter-city buses and New bus stand operates inter-city buses.
Nearest Airport : Madurai Airport(IATA,IXM,ICAO,VOMD)Madurai 125km
Tuticorin Airport (TCR), Thoothukudi 102km
Nearest Railway Station: Ramanathapuram Railway Station (RMD)
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