Dhanushkodi, meaning tip (kodi) of a bow (dhanush), is an abandoned town on the south-eastern end of the Pamban Island, about 20 km from Rameswaram. Its puranic history dates back to the Ramayanam, as the place where Rama’s army (vanara sena) was said to have constructed the bridge to Lanka (Rama Setu) from here.
Previously an inhabited town, it was destroyed by the 1964 Rameswaram cyclone, and has been largely abandoned ever since (except for a small group of fishermen who live in one part of the town, further south-east).
Because of the damage caused by the cyclone, most of Dhanushkodi is now sandy, and can be reached only by jeeps (your hotel / lodge in Rameswaram can help arrange one for you), or tempos used by the local fishermen. Lately, roads have been laid and it appears that private vehicles can also be driven.
There are no temples or sight-seeing spots in Dhanushkodi, other than the remains of the old town that existed – a church, a railway station, post office, etc.
There are a handful of stalls selling snacks, water, soft drinks, etc. There are no accommodation facilities in Dhanushkodi, so Rameswaram needs to be your base to travel to Dhanushkodi. The entire trip to Dhanushkodi can be completed in 2-3 hours, including a visit to the Kothandaramar Temple.
Basic information about the temple
|Moolavar:||Kodandaramar||Ambal / Thayar:||–|
|Timing:||6 to 9 & to||Parikaram:|
|Sung by:||Temple set:|
|City / town:||Rameswaram||District:||Ramanathapuram|
|Maps from (click):||Current location||Ramanathapuram (72 km)||Sivaganga (144 km)|
|Thoothukudi (173 km)||Pudukottai (174 km)|
This place is located between Rameswaram and Dhanushkodi. Typically, this temple is visited on the way back from Dhanushkodi.
Sthala puranam and temple information
There are two legends about this place. One is that Rama began his journey to Lanka from here. The other is that upon his return from Lanka, Rama crowned Vibheeshana as the king of Lanka, at this spot.
Ravana abducted Sita and took her to Lanka. Vibheeshana – Ravana’s younger brother – objected to this and advised Ravana to send her back to Rama, but Ravana refused. A dejected Vibheeshana came to Rameswaram to meet Rama. The entire vanara sena (monkey army) objected to his being accepted as he was from the enemy camp. However, Hanuman strongly supported Rama accepting Vibheeshana as an ally. This temple marks the spot where Vibheeshana surrendered to Rama asking for help, and Rama declared Vibheeshana as the king of Lanka and crowned him.
Lord Rama is seen here with a bow in his hand with Vibeeshanan paying his respects. Hanuman is standing nearby an is named Parinthuraitha Hanuman (the Hanuman who spoke for / recommended, in relation to his supporting Vibheeshana by explaining to Rama, the virtues and good intentions of Vibeeshana). It is believed that devotees can convey their troubles and worries to Hanuman, wo would recommend to Lord Rama for resolution.
The temple also has shrines for Rama, Lakshmana, Sita, Hanuman and Vibheeshana.