Six miles from Cape Comorin, there is a mountain
with an interesting legendary history. The mountain is called MARUDA Malai. Maruda is the
colloquial form of Marunthu which means medicine; Malai means mountain. Thus the name
means the mountain where medicinal herbs grow.
In the course of the epic fight to kill Ravana, Lakshmana, the younger brother of Rama,
was hit by Ravanas son, Indrajit, by a Nagastra, probably by arrows dipped in
snake-poison or by an arrow delivering a number of serpents.