Once there was a ruler in this region who didn’t had a child. He worshiped Lord Shiva by conducting a Yajna. Lord Shiva through his voice assured that he will have a daughter named Ambica. Once the king went to jungle for hunting and found four baby children.
He bought them to the palace and grown them as his own daughters. These four were Ambicas. When they attained age, the King prayed Lord Shiva to marry them and the God fulfilled it.
The four Ambicas are situated in four places. First of the Sarivar Kuzhali in Ramanathaswamy Temple, Second of the Vaaitha Tirukuzshal Nayaki in Tiruchengattangudi, Third of the Karundhar Kuzhali in Tirupugalur and Four of the Vandar Kuzhali in Tirumarugal.
These four Ambicas are commonly known as Shoolikambal. Shool or Karu means pregnancy. A legend has it that the four Ambicas once assisted a poor pregnant woman to deliver a baby who was stuck at the banks of a river due to heavy floods. Since they were late to return home, they could not enter the temple.
After arthajama puja in the night, Nivedhyam is offered to devotees, which is a diet prescribed for mothers after delivery. It is sambar raice with pepper, seeragam, salt and ghee.
Rameshwaram Temple consists of various Theerthams around the temple premise. Each of these has various significances if one takes a bath. These are mentioned below.
Around Hanuman Temple area
South- Mahalakshmi Theertham- site where Dharmajan bather and became rich.
West- Savithri Theertham/ Gayathri Theertham/Saraswathi Theertham- King Kasibar got rid of his curse.
Towards Third Corridor is the Sethu Madhava Theertham- Goddess Lakshmi shower blessings here and one’s heart will be purified of all sorts of negative thoughts.
Around Sethumadhava Temple
Gandhamadana Theertham is situated in the area of the Sethumadhava Temple. It is also a site where one gets rich and rid of their sins.
Kavatcha Theertham in the same area signifies protect from going to Narakam or Hell.
Gavaya Theertham is sheltered under the Karpaga Tree.
Nala Theertham signifies blessing from God of Sun, Surya and can reach the Heaven.
Neela Theertham provides all benefits of participating in a Yaga and receive Agni Yoga.
Inner Corridor Area
Sanku Theertham- site where sage Vathsanaba got rid of his sin of ingratitude.
Sakkara Theertham- here the Surya deva’s hand turned golden.
Brahmahathi Vimochana Theertham- site where Brahamahathi was absolved of his sins.
Sooriya Theertham and Chandra Theertham- It is believed that one attains wisdom and knowledge about the past, present and the future and can travel various timelines of the world.
Ganga, Yamuna and Gaya Theertham- Here, Gananasuruthi Rajah attained wisdom.
Towards South of Nandi Temple
Siva Theertham. Significance about this Theertham is the completion of Bhaira Brahmahathi.
Inside Amman Sannidhi
Sadyamirtha Theertham - King Bururoonu got rid of his curse.
At Ramanatha Sannidhi
Sarva Theertham- the site where Sutharishna got rid of his blindness (from birth), illness and old age and attained prosperity
Kodi Theertham – Lord Krishna took a holy dip here to get rid of killing his uncle, Kamsan.
Pandya and Jaffna kings
Style : Dravidian Architecture