The pilgrims also took bath in all the 22 holy wells in the Lord Sri Ramanathaswamy temple in this island.
The Presiding deity of the temple was taken in a procession in Rishaba Vahanam to the sea, where 'theerthavari' (Purification ceremony) was performed for the deity.
A 65-year old devotee from Kolkata died of heart attack early this morning.
Kalyan Sardar, a retired teacher, died at a lodge where he along with his wife and a group of people from Kolkata were staying, police said.
A report from Nagapattinam said, thousands of devotees took a holy dip in the Bay of Bengal at Kodiakarai, Vedaranyam and Poompuhar in the district.
Rameswaram: An estimated one lakh pilgrims from different parts of the country today took a holy dip in the 'agnitheertham' sea here and worshipped their forefathers on the auspicious occasion of 'Thai amavasya' (new moon day).
First Published: Saturday, February 09, 2013, 21:45