Ramanathaswamy Temple, Rameswaram – Second Corridor (Second Prakaram)
The second corridor is at present undergone renovation process, there are 108 Shiva Lingas, Maha Ganapathi statue situated here. The second corridor is formed by sandstone pillars, beams and ceiling. The junction of the third corridor on the west and the paved way leading from the western gopuram to Setumadhava shrine forms a unique structure in the form of a chess board and it is popularly known as Chokkattan Mandapam where the Utsava deities are adorned and kept during the Vasantotsavam (Spring festival) and on the 6th day festival in Adi (July–August) and Masi (February–March) conducted by the Sethupathi of Ramnad.
During the construction of first corridor, it was decided to renovate the second corridor. The lime stone structure in Second corridor was dismantled and started with granite stone work. But only compound wall in west side and one portion in north side of western wing in south gate was renovated. After that no Renovation works has been done.
Therefore, it was proposed to complete the Renovation work of Second Corridor by collecting funds from the public. During 1961 to 1985, the Renovation work of Second Corridor was taken up and the western side of Second Corridor and a portion in North and South side was completed from the Temple Renovation Fund. Now it has been proposed to complete the Renovation of Second Corridor which has been unfinished and the Renovation work is started now.
The Sedhupathy mandapam in front of the Temple’s Raja Gopuram (9 Tier) was constructed by Ramanatha Sedhupathy, a descendant of Ramnad Raja dynasty, with his own donation of Rs. 2,75,000 /-. This construction was started on 19-11-69 and completed on 11-2-74.
It is also most essential to construct the North and South Gopurams. Shri Jagadguru Sringeri Peetathipathi and Shri Jagadguru Kanchi Kamakoti Peetathipathi have given their kind blessings for the constructions of the North and South Gopurams of the Temple.
The second corridor is 352 feet on east to west direction and 244 feet on south to North with a width is 16 feet. Sannadhi for Vinayagar, Madapalli, Karuvoolam, Theerthams are located in this prakaram. Setumadhava Sannadhi is located between 2nd and 3rd corridors. The Sannadhi has Karuvarai, Ardhamandapam, Mahamandapam & Vimanam. Vishnu Sannadhi is located on the North east direction of this prakaram. Setumadhava Sannadhi and Vishnu Sannadhi have an entrance of Shobana type.