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Kothandaramaswamy Temple

Kothandaramaswamy Temple

The Kothandaramaswamy Temple is a shrine dedicated to the Hindu deity Rama. Also known as Kodandarama Temple, it is located at a distance of 13 km (8.1 mi) from Rameshwaram, it forms the southernmost tip of the island. The temple is the only historical structure to survive the 1964 cyclone that washed away Dhanushkodi. Deities of Rama, Lakshmana, Sita, Hanuman and Vibhishana are there in the temple. The temple is surrounded by sea and remains a tourist attraction.

It is estimated that the temple was constructed about 500-1000 years ago. The place got its name from the Rama, the main idol, as it is depicted having a bow (Kothandam).

It is believed that when Ravana kidnapped Devi Sita, Ravana’s brother Vibhishana requested him to return her to Lord Rama. But Ravana refused and so Vibhishna fled to take refuge under Lord Rama. Lord Rama took him in as Hanuman told him that it is his moral duty to take in the person who has surrendered before him. It is also believed that when Lord Rama killed Ravana he made Vibhishna the king at this spot. The story is depicted in painting across the walls inside the shrine.

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