The Kothandaramaswamy Temple at Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu is a shrine dedicated to the Hindu deity Rama. Located at a distance of 13 kilometers (8.1 mi) from Rameswaram, it forms the southernmost tip of the island. The temple is the only historical structure to survive the 1964 cyclone that washed away Dhanushkodi. The temple has the deities of Rama, Lakshmana, Sita, Hanuman and Vibhishana. The temple is surrounded by sea and remains a tourist attraction.
About The Temple
The temple is situated in an island surrounded by Bay of Bengal and Gulf of Mannar. Lord Sri Rama with Mother Sita and Sri Lakshmana appears gracefully with his celebrated Kodandam bow. Sri Anjaneya nearby is praised as Anjaneya the Supporter. When Vibhishana came to Rama after breaking his relationship with his brother Ravana, the monkey army did not agree to accept Vibhishana as they suspected his sincerity. But Sri Anjaneya recommended Vibishana’s case explaining that he had personally observed his activities in Lanka and found him good in all aspects and that he deserved to be accepted by the Lord. Hence, He is called Anjaneya the Supporter. It is believed that he takes the just prayers of the devotees to Lord Rama and helps them achieving their desires. Traditionally, we see Sri Anjaneya in a worshipping form near Lord. In this temple Vibhishana is awarded with this right. It is also noteworthy that Vibhishana was offered the ‘Azhwar’ title as he was accepted by Lord. In this small temple, Garuda Bhagwan and Acharya Sri Ramanujan have their shrines. Those seeking leadership position through proper ways and to be away from the wicked pray here. Lord helps them. This is the philosophy behind the coronation of Vibhishana.
About The Deity
The presiding deity is Rama. He is called Sri Kodandaramar. His consort is known as Goddess Sita.
Legend and Stories
Vibhishana took all the efforts to persuade his brother Ravana to return Mother Sita to Rama whom he abducted in a cowardly way. Not only Ravana disagreed with Vibishana’s advice but heavily came down on him to hit him with his legs. Leaving his incorrigible brother for good, and came to Rameswaram where Lord Rama was camping then and sought asylum. As a tribute to his impeccable qualities, Lord Rama crowned him the king of Lanka even before Ravana was killed in the battle. Remembering this event, the temple is built in this island.
Special pujas are performed on the last Purattasi Saturday in September-October. Vibhishana Pattabishekam-coronation - is celebrated in the month of Aani (June-July).
It is suggested that those who want to be away from the wicked, desirous of following a righteous life and expecting promotions in job may pray to Lord in the temple.
Nearby Places to Visit
Adhi Ratneswarar Temple
Sakala Theertham Udayavar Temple
Emaneswaram Udayavar Temple
Abhaya Anjaneyar (without tail) Temple
Attala Sokkanathar Temple
Kodandam is 12 km from Rameswaram on the Danushkodi route. Buses are available only at specific hours. The devotee would have to walk a kilometer to reach the temple.
The Executive Officer, Sri Kodandaramar Temple,
Pin code – 623 526
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
Balam Balavatam Caham Kamaragavivarjitam Dharmaviruddho Bhutesu Kamo'smi Bharatarsabha
Meaning -According to this sloka, God is the isolated and aloof strength of the controlling and virtuous craving in men.
Ye Caiva Sattvika Bhava Rajasastamasasca Ye Matta Everti Tanviddhi Na Tvaham Tesu Temayi
Meaning -According to this sloka, though the only source of satva, rajas and tamas (good, obsessive and dark) elements is God, they are not present within the God or the deity.
Tribhirgunamayairbhavairebhih Sarvamidam Jagat Mohitam Nabhijanati Mamebhyah Paramavyayam
Meaning -According to this sloka, the entire world doesn't recognize the eternal God beyond them, because they are consumed by the elements of satva, rajas and tamas (good, obssessive and dark).
Daivi Hyesa Gunamayi Mama Maya Duratyaya Mameva Ye Prapadyante Mayametam Taranti Te
Meaning -According to this sloka, the heavenly maya of God is very complicated, but those who worship God will be able to overcome it.
The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.