Samudra Raja's Saranagathi, Pamban Bridge - Sri Ramanin Padhayil

The 32nd episode of Sri Ramanin Padhayil was unfolded with the below verse from the epic Ramayana.

Mithra bhavena sampraptham nathyajeyam kathanjana
Dhosho yathyapi thasya syath satham ethath aharhitham

Meaning: Even if some one seeks my refuge while pretending freindship to Me, I will protect that Saranagathan independent of whatever danger may come My way. I will cast aside his blemishes and protect him and keep My word. My dharmam and vow is to protect anyone, who performed Saranagathi to Me even once. I will guarantee that he will be free from every kind of danger.

These slokas were given by Sri Rama in the beach when Vibeeshana approached him in total surrender. Sri Rama presented these slokas to remove the fears of Surgreeva and others who saw Vibeeshana as the brother of Ravana.

For catching an elephant, people prepare deep pits and cover it over with green leaves and twigs, into which the animal falls, attracted by the greenery and unaware of what lies beneath it. The Lord too falls for even a mere show of bhakti. Some of them adopt the mere outward symbols of a devotee, with a mind filled with thoughts totally out of tune with the external affectations. The Lord is so kindhearted that He is pleased with even such insincere imitations, pretends not to detect the underlying hypocrisy and showers us with all that we seek.

Sri Rama laid on the shores of ocean at Thiruppullani; and wanted the King of oceans to appear and give way for the army of monkeys to cross to reach Lanka. But the Ocean King never appeared and so Sri Rama got angry and called Lakshmana to get His bow so that He would dry up the entire ocean.

Verse from Yuddha Kandam, Sarga 21:

caapam aanaya saumitre sharaamh ca aashii visha upamaan
samudram shoshayishyaami padbhyaam yaantu plavan gamaah

Meaning: "The Ocean is not appearing himself before me on kind words. O, Lakshmana! Bring the bow and the serpentine arrows. I shall dry up this ocean, so that our monkeys can cross it by feet."

Samudra Raja, the King of oceans, hurriedly came with his wife and apologized and suggested a way to cross the ocean. Swami Desika says that Samudra Raja need not have been afraid. He says that Sri Rama could never dry up ocean, as in it were the waters of Sarayu, with which Sri Rama's paduka were washed and being so sacred, nothing could dry them! Such is the greatness of Paduka more than of Sri Rama.

Verse By Swami Koorathaazhwan from Athimaanusha Sthavam:

Tvam dakshiNasya nivasan udadhEstaTEpi
dooraantarOthara payOdhi mahaantarEpE /
daityaan nijaika sara paaraNayan, kim Etaam
lankaam sthitO atra kurushE na kila sma bhasma?

Meaning: Stationed on the shores of the vast seas in the far south, how come you were able to direct a single arrow at the Northernmost seas to feed it with the lives of some demons living there and yet you could not reduce to cinders the city of Lanka that was so near at hand?

When the Ocean king did not heed his prayers to help even after Sri Rama did "pratisayanam", Sri Rama got so mad at the Ocean King that he invoked fire weapon "agni astra" swearing to dry up the waters of the ocean. At that moment, the Ocean King came along with his wives and pleaded to be excused and surrendered to Sri Rama. While Sri Rama was prepared to excuse, he told him that once drawn, his arrow cannot go in vain without hitting a target and asked him where to direct his arrow.

The Ocean king seized on the opportunity and replied that there were quite a few of his enemies who were encroaching his domain in a place called "drumagulyam" in the northernmost corner of Bhaaratavarsha and they were tormenting him along with demons known as "dasyus" and "aabheeras". Sri Rama agreed and directed his arrow towards them and decimated them. Due to the extreme heat of the agni astram, that portion of sea got dried up and became a desert called "marukaantaaram". Sargam 22 of Yuddha Kandam describes this incident and even mentions how a spring called "Vrina Koopam" appeared where from water spouted from the parched ground.

Here, Kuresar says: "Oh Lord without birth! You engaged in Prathisayanam at Thiruppullani and waited for permission from Samudra Rajan to build a dam over him to reach the island of Lanka to engage Ravanan in battle and destroy him. Samudra Rajan ignored You thinking that You are just a human being. You got enraged at the insult of the King of oceans and got ready to send Your fiery arrow to dry up the waters of the oceans. Samudra Raajan was now afraid for his life and appeared with his wives before You and performed Saranagathy and begged to be spared. You informed the king of Oceans that Your arrow was set and can not be withdrawn; You asked him to suggest another target. Samudra Rajan begged You to send Your unfailing arrow at the inhabitants of a remote island in the north, who were abusing him. You obliged and Your arrow destroyed them from an immense distance. If that (Your power) is so profound and far reaching, how can adiyen understand your inaction in not destroying Ravana and his army, which were not far away from your position in Thiruppullani. Sethu Bhandam and the invasion of Lanka look in this context appear like window dressing. You could have reduced to ashes Ravanadhis from the banks of Sethu itself but you chose not to. Why is that?

Pamban Bridge:

The Pamban Bridge is a cantilever bridge on the Palk Strait which connects the town of Rameswaram on Pamban Island to mainland India. The bridge refers to both the road bridge and the cantilever railway bridge, though primarily it means the latter. Opened in 1914, it was India's first sea bridge, and was the longest sea bridge in India till 2010. The rail bridge is for the most part, a conventional bridge resting on concrete piers, but has a double leaf bascule section midway, which can be raised to let ships and barges pass through. On 24 February 2014, the Pamban Bridge marked its 100th anniversary.

Pamban Bridge
Pamban Bridge
Pamban Bridge
Pamban Bridge
Pamban Bridge
Pamban Bridge
Pamban Bridge
Pamban Bridge
Pamban Bridge
Pamban Bridge
Pamban Bridge
The railway bridge is 6,776 ft (2,065 m) long and was opened for traffic in 1914. The railroad bridge is a still-functioning double-leaf bascule bridge section that can be raised to let ships pass under the bridge. The bridge was subsequently restored to working conditions under E. Sreedharan in just 46 days.

The railway bridge historically carried metre-gauge trains on it, but Indian Railways upgraded the bridge to carry broad-gauge trains in a project that finished Aug. 12, 2007. Until recently, the two leaves of the bridge were opened manually using levers by workers. About 10 ships — cargo carriers, coast guard ships, fishing vessels and oil tankers — pass through the bridge every month. From the elevated two-lane road bridge, adjoining islands and the parallel rail bridge below can be viewed.

After completion of bridge metre-gauge lines were laid by them from Mandapam up to Pamban Station, from here the railway lines bifurcated into two directions one towards Rameshwaram about 6.25 miles (10.06 km) up and another branch line of 15 miles (24 km) terminating at Dhanushkodi. The section was opened to traffic in 1914.

The noted boat mail ran on this track between 1915 and 1964 from Madras-Egmore up to Dhanushkodi, from where the passengers were ferried to Talaimannar in Ceylon. The metre-gauge branch line from Pamban Junction to Dhanushkodi was abandoned after it was destroyed in a cyclone in 1964.

Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Darbha Sayana Rama, Thirupullani - Sri Ramanin Padhayil

Our next destination after visiting Sri Kothandaramaswamy Temple, was Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple Thirupullani. 8kms South East of Ramanathapuram on the Keelakarai Road is Thirupullani, located on the banks of river Sethu (Sethu Karai). This temple dates back to a time before Rama Avataram. Rama came here in his search for Sita. Rama himself is said to have prayed to Adhi Jagannathan at this temple before he departed for Lanka.

Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thirupullani
Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thirupullani
Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thirupullani
Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thirupullani
This is one of the 108 divya-desams of the Sri Vaishnavas.
This is a historic place and temple in relation to the ancient epic Ramayana of Lord Rama.
This is the place where:
a) Vibhishana surrendered to Lord Rama.
b) Samudra Raja (the Ocean God) surrendered to Lord Rama.
c) Lord Rama, along with the monkeys, built the Sethu karai (Sethu Bridge) to go to Lanka from here.

The presiding God is Adi Jagannatha, Goddess is Padmasini Thaayaar. Two of the other Sannidhis (altars) are dedicated to deities of Lord Rama – Pattabhi Ramar and Darba Sayana Ramar.

Tirupullani Jagannatha temple is among the 108 divya-desams of Sri Vaishnavas. Sri Kalyana Jagannathar is the presiding Deity with His consorts Kalyanavalli Thaayaar and Padmasini Thaayar.

While addressing on Padmasini Thaayar, Sri U. Ve. Velukkudi Krishnan Swami made reference of below verses from Sri Suktam.

Padmapriye, padmini, padmahasthe, padmalaye, padmadalaayathakshi.
Viswapriye Vishnu manonukoole twat pada padmam mayi sannidasthwa.

Meaning: Hey Goddess Padmini, Who likes lotus flowers, Who holds lotus flower in her hand, Who lives in lotus flower, Who has broad eyes like the petal of lotus flower, Who is the darling of the entire world, Who is dearest to Lord Vishnu, Please keep your holy feet on me.

Hiranyavarnaa harineem suvarna rajaathastrajam,
Chandraam hiranmayeem jatha vedo ma aavaha.

Meaning: Hey God of fire, Request that Sridevi, Who shines like gold, Who destroys all sins, Who wears silver and gold ornaments, Who is like the moon, And who is golden, To come here, And shower her grace on me.

Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thirupullani
Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thirupullani
Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thirupullani
Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thirupullani
Since Vibishan fell at Sri Rama’s feet for complete Saranagathi (surrender) at this place, it is also known as "Saranagati Kshetram". Also Ocean Lord and his wife sought Saranagathi here.

Sri Rama did fasting and penance on grass in Sayana (sleep) pose for seven days, thus the place got its name as Tirupullani meaning the place where the Lord’s bed was grass. Normally, the Lord appears in sayana sleep pose only on the serpent bed. However, in this kshetram he is lying - “anai”: on “pull” : grass in Tamil language. And Thiru means Lord. Thus the word Thiru- pull- anai : Thirupullani. Close to Tirupullani at a distance of 4 kms is Sethu Karai or the shore.

As per Sri Vaishnavas, King Dashratha performed putra-kamesthi yajna here in front of Lord Adi Jagannatha and thus obtained four sons. These Deities were worshipped by Lord Rama when he came here. It is also said that the Deities gave Lord Rama a Sarangam bow by which he could defeat Ravana.

The three altars in the temple are:
1) Adi Jagannatha, closeby is Thaaayar (consort) in the next altar.
2) Darbhashayana Rama – Lord Rama sleeping on darbha grass.
3) Pattabhiramam – Lord Rama giving darshan alongwith Sitadevi and Laxman.

Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thirupullani
Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thirupullani
Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thirupullani
Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thirupullani
Thirupullani is also known as Dharbasayanam or Pullaranya Shetram in Ramanathapuram District is one of the most sacred Vaishnava temple to the Hindus lies about 08 km away from Ramanathapuram. It is one of the 18 Thirupathi's in the Pandya Kingdom. The presiding deity of the renowned temple here is Sri Adhi Jagannatha Perumal with His consort Sri Padmasani Thayar. It is one of the all India Pilgrimage centre because of its association with the great Epic Ramayana and only here Sri Rama came and worshiped the presiding deity Sri Adhi Jagannatha Perumal and secured a divine bow to fight against Ravana. It is here that Sri Rama have laid for three days on kusha grass facing the sea and invoked the aid of the sea God for safe passage to Sri Lanka. Sri Vibishana with his consort surrendered at the feet of Lord Rama and hence known as Sarnagathi Sthala - a place for unqualified surrender to the Lord. It is here that Rama preached the doctrine of "Surrender" that is applicable even today, several thousands of years after this incident. The temple is glorified by 20 holy verses of Thirumangai Azhwar in his "Periya Thirumozhi". The temple with magnificent Rajagopuram is a feast to the eyes.

In Ramayana, Ravana, took away sita and captured her as a prisoner in Lanka. Sri Rama, on hearing the action performed by Ravana, had to take proper and immediate action to get out Sita Piratti from Ravana. But, Ravana's brother Vibhishana who lived along with him doesn't liked the low act of Ravana and advised him to return Sita Piratti to Lord Rama, else the whole Lanka might get into danger. On hearing the advise from Vibhishana, Ravana got angry on him and asked him to get out of Lanka and join along with Sri Rama. Vibhishana came out from Lanka and fell down to the divine feet of Sri Rama and explained him that Sita Piratti is kept as the prisoner in Lanka. Since, Vibhishana finally fell down to the feet of Sri Rama for complete Saranagathi, this sthalam is also named as "Saranagathi" Kshetram.

Lord Rama, stayed along with Sugreeva, Hanuman, Vibhishana and other Vanara army and discussed with all of them that how to get out Sita piratti from Lanka. He stayed in this Pullani sthalam and did tapas in Sayana Kolam on Dharbaipull (the grass) for seven days without eating anything. Since because of doing tapas on the grass and showed his Sayana kolam in the pull (grass), this sthalam is called "Thiruppullani". Pull means the grass and the Anai means the bed and since Sri Rama showed his Sayana kolam in Pullani, this sthalam is called as "Pullani". Sri Rama worshiped the Aadhi Jagannatha Perumal and prayed him to help him out to get Sita Piratti. As satisfied by the worship of Sri Rama, Aadhi Jagannatha Perumal gave him the Bow and because of this, the perumal is also named as "Deivasilaiyar" and Divya Sapan.

Thiruppullani is located near Sethu Samudhram shore (Sethu Karai). Sri Ramar could not know how to cross the huge ocean and got the advise from Vibhishana that they can cross the ocean only if all the water dries. He advised Sri Rama, that he can ask the Samudhara Raja to get dried and can make them the way towards the Lanka. On getting the advise from Vibhishana, Lord Rama seeked the help of Samudhara Rajan (Ocean King). But he doesnt show any response for Sri Rama.

Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thirupullani
Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thirupullani
Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thirupullani
Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thirupullani
Sri Rama worshiped before the Samudhara Rajan to make the way, but since there was not response from him, Sri Rama got angry and threatened against Samudhara Rajan that if he doesn't make them the way, he would make the ocean dry completely. On hearing the threatened words from Sri Rama, Samudhara Raja was frightened and came out from the ocean along with his wife Varuni and fell down on the feet of Sri Ramar as Saranagathi. Inspite of Vibhishanan got the Saranagathi, Samudhara Rajan and his wife Varuni also got the Saranagathi and thereby justifies that this Kshetram is given the name as "Saranagathi Kshetram".

After this, the Samudhara Rajan made the ocean to become quite and asked Sri Ramar to build a bridge, so that they can travel through it to reach Lanka. As advised by Varunan, Nalan and all the other Monkeys (Vanara Senai) started to build a bridge and this bridge is called as "Sethu Anai", since this is constructed along the Sethu Karai (Shore). And finally crossing through this bride to Lanka, Sri Rama fought with Ravana and killed him and got out Sita Piratti.

Kanva rishi, who was Maha rishi stayed in this sthalam and did a strong tapas against the Perumal without having any food. On satisfied with the tapas of Kanvar Rishi, Emperumaan gave his seva and asked for the Varam that he should be always along with him and continue to help him. The Perumal agreed his words and continued to help him.

Once there lived a rishi by named Devala Maharishi and did a strong tapas on the Perumal. He started his tapas after taking the bath and started the tapas. When he was doing the tapas, seven deva Kanyas came down to this sthalam and wanted to take a bath in the small river.

They enjoyed that moment and all of them forgot themselves. Their enjoyment made them to forget them to give the proper respect to Devala Maharishi and on seeing this act of the Sapta deva Kanyas, he cursed them all to become Yatchars (ordinary humans with less minded). On getting the sabham, all the 7 deva Kayas felt for it and realized their mistake and asked Devala Maharishi that how could they get out from the curse. Devala Maharishi asked them to get to Pullaranyam (Thriuppullani) and get the help from Pullar Maharishi, so that he can help them to get out of the Sabham.

Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thirupullani
Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thirupullani
Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thirupullani
Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thirupullani
All the sevan deva Kanyas reached Thiruppullani fell down to the feet of Pullar Maharishi. They all told him about the sabham got from Devala Maharishi and he had advised all of them to get the help of Pullar Maharishi to get out of the curse. Pullar Maharishi advised all the 7 Kanyas to stay in Thiruppullani and worship the Aadhi Jagannatha Perumal and he is the only person who can make them to get out of the curse. When Sri Rama came to this Pullaranya kshetram, his eyes glanced on all the 7 deva kanyas and at that moment all of them were out of the sabham and once again reached the deva lokam.

In this sthalam, Sri Rama is found in Tapas Kolam in Dharbha Sayanam. Generally, the Emperumaan is found on Aadhiseshan as the bed, but here in this sthalam, he is found on the Pullanai and Lakshmana, who is the form of Aadhiseshan is found along with Sri Rama and helping him. The utsavar is Kothanda Ramar and is seen along with Sita Piratti, Lakshmana and Hanuman. On the south side of Artha mandapam, is seen a separate sculpture of Vibhishanan.

A separate sannadhi for Pattabbi Ramar is also found. Pattabisheka Ramar is the thriukkolam of Sri Ramar while he was given the throne to take over Ayodhya as the king along with Sita Piratti, Lakshmana and Bharatha and Shatrughnan. This Sannadhi is found in front of Dharba Dayana Rama Sannadhi.

This is a separate sannadhi for Santhana Gopalan, which is found on the north of Dharbha Sayana Rama sannadhi, and the Mandapam is called as "Santhana Gopala Mandapam". In this sannadhi, Sri Krishna is found as a small child on Aadhisesha. It is believed that on worshipping this perumal can get the pragnancy. The perumal is daily fed with Milk Paayasam as the "Naivedhyam" in the night. It is said that all the pilgrimates travel towards Rameswaram, have to worship this Thiruppullani Aadhi Jagannathan. On the west side of Moolavar sannadhi, there is a big Banyan tree is found and beneath that is found a lots of Siva Lingam. It is said that people can get the pregnancy by dedicating the Siva Lingam beneath the tree.

Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thirupullani
Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thirupullani
Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thirupullani
Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thirupullani
Rama’s father King Dasharatha is believed to have performed a Yagna here and is believed to have had his four children after this yagna. Hence it is the belief that childless couple who bath at the Sethu river and pray to the Lord here will be blessed with a child. 72 Chatur Yugas ago (countless crores of years), three sages Pullavar, Kannavar and Kalavar came to this temple region, then covered densely with darba grass and merged themselves in deep penance. Pleased with their penance, Lord Vishnu appeared before them in the form of Arasa Maram. Though happy they were, the Sages sought the grace of Perumal in His original form, Perumal obliged in the form of Lord Adi Jagannatha. That is the place now called Tirupullani. A shrine for Mother Padmasani was built later. This is also the place where emperor Dasaratha learnt the Mantra for child boon and was blessed with Sri Rama and his brothers as his sons.

Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thirupullani
Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thirupullani
Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thirupullani
The two important festivals are the Brahmotsavam in the month of Panguni to Adi Jagannathar and Rama Jayanthi Utsavam in the month of Chithrai. Besides during Vaikunta Ekadasi, Krishna Jayanthi, Pongal, Deepavali, and also in weekends devotees throng the temple.

Ramayana is glorified as Saranagati Sastra by Vaishnavites, as it preaches the efficacy of self-surrender (saranagati) throughout.

Srimad Ramayanam which is also called sharangathi shastram in each and every kanda speaks of sharangathi. In Bala Kandam - the celestials/devas surrendered to the Lord Maha Vishnu for protection of the innocents who were being terrorized by the Rakshasas especially Ravana. And Dasaratha's sharangathi to Parashurama

Ayodhya kandam - highlights Bharata's surrender to Rama when he pleaded Him to return to Ayodhya.

The Aranya Kandam describes the surrender of the sages to Lord in the forest to protect them from the demons.

The next Kiskinda kandam describes Sugriva's submission/sharanagathi to Rama to protect him from his brother Vali who had inflicted untold suffering on him and lord Rama's sharanagathi to samudra rajan

The Sundara Kanda of the epic which focuses on the exploits of Hanuman also brings out his total surrender to Rama and his exemplary devotion to Him and Sita Devi advises Ravana to surrender to Rama.

Every canto of the Ramayana, except the last one, highlighting the concept of surrender.

The next canto delineates one of the paradigmatic instances of Self-surrender cited by the preceptors - Vibhishana's surrender to Rama after Ravana failed to be convinced by his advice and persuasion to return Sita to Rama. It was in this context that the Lord assured His protection to anyone who surrendered to Him.

While surrendering to God accepting Him as the means to liberation one must resolve to do only such actions that will please Him and also desist from those which displease Him. He must repose total faith in God's grace and must feel humble realizing his helplessness. After surrendering to God he should not worry about his eventual liberation and must accept everything in life as divine will.

Sri Kothandaramaswamy Temple, Ramanathapuram - Sri Ramanin Padhayil

Our next destination after visiting Sethukarai, was Kothandaramaswamy Temple Ramanathapuram. The Kothandaramaswamy Temple at Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu is a shrine dedicated to the Hindu deity Rama. Located at a distance of 13 kilometres 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. It is easily accessible from Rameswaram.

Sri Kothandaramaswamy Temple
Sri Kothandaramaswamy Temple
Sri Kothandaramaswamy Temple
Lord Sri Rama graces the devotees from the sanctum sanctorum with Mother Sita and Sri Lakshmana with His bow Kodanda. As Lord appears with the bow, He is praised as Kodandaramar and the place Kodandam. 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.

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 is nearby praised as Anjaneya the Supporter. When Vibishana came to Rama after breaking his relationship with his brother Ravana, the monkey army did not agree to accept Vibishana 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.

Sri Kothandaramaswamy Temple
Sri Kothandaramaswamy Temple
Sri Kothandaramaswamy Temple
Traditionally, we see Sri Anjaneya in a worshipping form near Lord. In this temple Vibishana is awarded with this right. It is also noteworthy that Vibishana was offered the ‘Azhwar’ title as he was accepted by Lord. In this small temple, Garuda Bhagwan and Acharya Sri Ramanuja 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 Vibishana.

Sri Kothandaramaswamy Temple
Sri Kothandaramaswamy Temple
Sri Kothandaramaswamy Temple
Sri Kothandaramaswamy Temple
Sri Kothandaramaswamy Temple
Vibishana 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. It is also said that after the slaying of Ravana, Rama performed the "Pattabhishekam" (ascension to king of Lanka) for Vibhishana at this place. The story is depicted in painting across the walls inside the shrine.

Swami Vivekananda is said to have visited the place after his historic trip to Chicago.

Special pujas are performed on the last Purattasi Saturday in September-October. Vibishana Pattabishekam-coronation is celebrated in the month of Aani-June-July.

Lord Rama came to this place on his way to Lanka. But, on his return from Lanka He took the sky route and didn't come here since he was travelling in Pushpaka Vimanam. The same is said in Valmiki Ramayana and Kamba Ramayana.