Living on the edge - Deepti Asthana


A remote land, covered with white sand, bordered by the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean on either sides at the southern tip of India, Dhanushkodi is a forlorn place. Once a bustling sea port, it is now in ruins after the catastrophic cyclone of 1964, which reduced it to rubbles and approximately 1800 people died. Post this, the place was declared “unfit to live” by the Government of India and since then, has been in a state of total neglect. However, almost 400 fishermen families continue to live here and see this barren land as their only home. Some of these fishermen are cyclone survivors and have been living here for 50 years.


Dhanushkodi, also has a religious significance for Hindus. Dhanushkodi, also has a religious significance for Hindus as this place is considered origin of the Ram Setu bridge. As per Hindu mythology Sriram marked this place with end of His for building a bridge (setu) to enter Ravana’s Lanka.


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