A popular belief is that Dhanushkodi is where Vibishana, a brother of Ravana, surrendered before Rama. The Kothanda Ramar temple is almost half way to Dhanushkodi. Situated at about half a kilometre from the sea shore, the temple is surrounded by Indian Ocean on all sides excepting the approach road. There had been several cyclones in the area, but the temple stayed intact even in most critical times like the complete wash out of Dhanushkodi. This is the place where Vibhishanan, or Ravana’s Brother, surrendered before Rama and in turn was crowned as the King of Srilanka after the war by Lakshman. In the sanctum, apart from the normally seen Kothanda Ramar, Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman, as a special significance to this place, Vibhishana is also seen by the side. The temple has many wonderful modern day paintings all along the inner walls which flows with the flow of Ramayana. The Vibheeshana Pattabhisha Urchavam in the month of May-June is very special here. On the next day, the Ramalinga Pradhishta urchavam takes place in the Ramanatha Swamy temple.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Freedom from diseases
- Relief from adverse effects from bad planetary aspects
- Relief from bondage
Vasudeva Sutham Devam Kamsa Chanoora Mardhanam Devaki Paramanandham Krishnam Vande Jagathgurum
Meaning -I bow to you O Krishna, the ultimate guru, Devaki and Vasudeva's son, and the destroyer of Kamsa and Chanur.
Adharam Madhuram Vadanam Madhuram Nayanam Madhuram Hasitam Madhuram Hridayam Madhuram Gamanam Madhuram Mathuraa Dhipate Rakhilam Madhuram
Meaning -Meaning - Sweet are Your lips, sweet is Your face, sweet are Your eyes, sweet is Your smile, sweet is Your heart, sweet is Your gait, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.
Alokya Mathur Mukha Madarena Sthanyam Pibantham Saraseeruhaksham Sachinmayam Devam Anantha Roopam Balam Mukundam Manasa Smarami
Meaning -I think of this Balamukundan as the one who looks lovingly at his mother's face while taking milk from her, who has eyes similar to the red lotus, who is the embodiment of truth and intelligence and other forms.
Achutham Keyshavam Rama Narayanam Krishna Damodaram Vasudevam Harim Shridharam Madhavam Gopika Vallabham Janaki Nayakam Ramachandram Bhajey
Meaning -Oh Lord who cannot be perished, who also has names like Keshava, Rama, Damodara, Narayana, Sridhara, Madhava, Krishna, Ramachandra the beloved of Janaki, let me say your name regularly.