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Dhanushkodi, Rameshwaram


Dhanushkodi is a small village (that has now taken the importance of a town) situated on the Rameshwaram Island. The village is at the southern-most tip of the island of the east coast. The village is only 31 km away from Talaimannar in Sri Lanka.

According to a legend Vibhishana, the brother of Ravana, asked Lord Rama to break the Sethu. Rama broke the Sethu using one end of his ‘dhanush’ or bow. The name of the place owes its origin to this legend. In fact, one can still spot a line of rocks and isles that are perhaps the remains of the bridge built to Sri Lanka under the leadership of Lord Rama. This bridge is still referred to as Rama’s bridge.

The water that originates from this Sethu is considered holy and pilgrims bathe here before starting their pilgrimage to Rameshwaram. Many people also believe that those going to Kashi for pilgrimage have to come to Dhanushkodi for a bath to complete their pilgrimage.