Though this sacred region has been abounding in famous thirthas and sacred spots right from the
dawn of creation, it is only from the Tretayuga its fame started spreading far and near.
In the dim past it was a primeval forest overgrown with rich verdure. Abduction of Mother Sita by the ten
- headed demon Ravana brought Ayodhyapati Rama to this end of sacred Ind.
On reaching the Dhanushkodi, Rania propitiated the Sea-god with
fast for three days to give in for the conveyance of Monkey Brigade, but to no effect.
Finding him unyielding, Rama threatened to dry up the entire jalarasi with his powerful
missiles. Appearing before Rama shivering, he pleaded that he was law hound and it was
against the laws of Nature to give up his inherent quality of impenetrability, but would certainly
cooperate in the construction of bridge, if proposed. Argument being righteous and based on
sound logic, Rama forgiving him, embarked upon the plan of building a 100 yojan,- long
bridge across the sea. Anon he called for the services of Nala, the son of
Viswakarma, who utilizing the divine engineering skill made everything - wood or stone float, when thrown
into sea and constructed the bridge to the wonderment of all worlds.
It was during then this region
gradually rose up in prominence; for its association with the august dignitaries and
heaven - born celebrities like Rama, Lakshmana, Hanuma, Sugriva, Angada etc.
It was then Rama made the first Siva linga with sand for offering prayer to Lord Maheswar; for, on landing
here tired he was about to drink water, when Lakshman reminded him of his regular practice of taking
in anything after the darsan of Maheswar. At once, he made Sivalinga with
sand and offered his usual prayers: Thus the land acquired for the first time a Siva
Linga made with the divine hands Sri Rama.