The story of Ghost Town – Dhanushkodi (Part 2)
Dhanushkodi : Night of 1964 December 22:
It was raining heavily… Nobody in the Dhanushkodi city realized that as a signal of Storm. On December 21, satellite images showed clouds from the storm covered 965 Km on the sky.
The Storm got intense and moves towards the Gulf of Mannar region. Fishermen of Dhanushkodi were warned by the government not to fish inside the sea,
People of Dhanushkodi town heard of such storm cautions often, hence they don’t care about this storm too. they believed that things were turned normal within a few days.
All the places of Dhanushkodi were filled with Darkness…
The heavy rain slowed down and, the clouds started drizzled the drops. People believed that the things would get normal the next day, and went for sleep with the hope-filled minds.
The story of a Ghost Town Dhanushkodi
The word Dhanushkoti can be split into Dhanush (bow) and Kodi (the end) It literally means “The end of the bow” in the Tamil language. Ramayana depicts that this is the place where Lord Rama pointed the end of his bow (Godhandam) and ordered his troops to build a bridge (Ram-Sethu) across the sea to reach the Sri-Lanka for the rescuing of his wife Sita.
Dhanushkodi is a Beautiful place lies as a land of sand in the center of roaring ocean (Indian Ocean) and a silent sea (Bay of Bengal). Dhanushkodi fills the visitors with the feel of awe by its spectacular view of clear Blue sea, Roaring tides, Beach and the Lonely Devastated Ghost land !.
During the reign of Early Tamil Kingdoms (Pandya Kingdom, Chola Kingdom, Jaffna Kingdom, Sethupathi kings rule) Dhanushkodi plays the role as a Harbour city, From here the pearls (White, Black, and many more varieties), different types of Conchs, corals and lots of precious things taken from the sea were exported to Burma, China, Rome, Egypt, and lots other foreign countries.
Dhanushkodi city plays a vital role in import-export activities during the various kingdoms and also in the British rule, even in independent India too.
But, If you go there now, you may just view the remnants and shattered pieces of the prominent city. If you have the ears to listen to the silence too. you may heard the sounds of cries, the recitements of the prayers in the remnants of the Catholic church, the noises from the broken pieces of busy railway station and the port office.