The temple and the island of Rameswaram have acquired this name because,Lord Rama worshipped Lord Shiva,the God of Gods here on return from Sri Lanka. According to legend,after killing Ravana Lord Rama returned with his consort Goddess Seetha to India first stepping on the shores of Rameswaram. To expiate the"dosha"of killing a brahmin,Lord Rama wanted to offer worship to Lord Shiva. Since there was no shrine in the island had despatched Sri Hauman to Kailash to bring an idol of Lord Shiva.
According to Hindu mythology,this is the place from where the Hindu god Rama built a bridge,across the sea to Lanka to rescue his wife Sita from her abductor Ravana. The Ramanathaswamy Temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva is located at the centre of the town and is closely associated with Rama. The temple along with the town is considered a holy pilgrimage site for both Shaivites and Vaishnavites
Facilities are available for performing ceremony for ancestors
Between 189.7 and 1904,the ALAR family of Devakottai completed the imposing eastern tower of nine tiers 126 feet in height from Thiruppani funds. Between 1907 and 1925 they renovated the Sanctum Sanctorum and the prakaram(inner most corridor) by replacing the lime stones by black granite with adequate provision for light and ventilation and also arranged for the performance of Ashtabandana Kumbabishekam in 1925;then on 22-2-1947 and the third Ashtabandana Maha Kumbabishegam was performed on 5-2-1975.
This Shivastalam is a seaside shrine associated again with the legend of the churning of the milky ocean,located at a distance of 10 km from Vedaranyam. If Tamilnadu can be described as a state with a smile,Kodikkarai can be described as the tip of its nose . The image shown above is that of Tyagaraja at Tiruvarur. Kodikkarai is also referred to as Kuzhagar Koyil.
Legend has it that the celestial nectar from the Millky Ocean,carried by Vayu,fell at this spot and assumed the form of a Shivalingam,hence Amritaghateswarar;and Amrita Theertham the tank. This legend is very similar to that at Tirukkadavur.
This temple has a lofty Rajagopuram and shrines to Amritavinayakar and shadbhujasubramanyar with one of the arms bearing a pot of the celestial nectar. The Navagrahas are in a single file as in Tiruvarur.
Rama is said to have sighted Sri Lanka from here,and what is believed to be his footprint is preserved nearby. It is believed that Rama attempted to build a bridge to Sri Lanka from here,and was directed by Shiva to proceed to Rameswaram. It is considered sacred to bathe in the sea here during the Uttarayana and Dakshinayana transition. Local belief has it that this shrine is inhabited by Siddhas.