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Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple Thirupullani Ramanathapuram


Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple Thirupullani Ramanathapuram

The Adi Jagannatha Temple is a South Indian Hindu temple in Thirupullani, a village in the outskirts of Ramanathapuram in the South Indian state of Tamilnadu, is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. Constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, the temple is glorified in the Naalayira Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil canon of the Azhwar saints from the 6th–9th centuries CE. It is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Adi Jagannatha and his consort Lakshmi as Padmasini.

The temple is believed to have been built during the late 8th century CE, with later contributions from Medieval Cholas, later Pandyas, and Sethupathi Kings of Ramnad. As per Hindu legend, Rama is believed to done penance to worship the god of ocean to seek way to Lanka in grass, giving the name Dharbasayanam to the place.

The temple is maintained and administered by the Ramanathapuram Samasthana Devasthanam a Trust under the control of the Ramnad King Sethupathi successor and at present the Her Highness the Queen Raja Rajeswari Nachiyar as Hereditary Trustee and the accounts were audited by Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamil Nadu.

Thirupullani is yet another famous temple in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu and this is the 44th Divya Desam of Vishnu. This is situated at a distance of about 64 Kms from the Ramanathaswamy temple, Rameswaram. This temple is related to the great epic Ramayana in more than one way. The temple's main deity is Lord Jagannatha with his consorts Bhoodevi and Sridevi and the Panchaloha idol of the Lord here is known as Kalyana Jagannathar. There is also a small idol of Krishna known as Santhana Gopalan. It is believed that king Dasaratha prayed here for progeny and worshipped Santhana Gopala. The king got the sweet Payasam which he offered to his wives and was blessed with offsprings.

Devotees pray here fervently for their marriage and also install serpent images and consume the Payasam offered here in the temple to get progeny. One can find hundreds of such images under the sthala Vriksham. There are separate shrines for Mahalakshmi, Rama, Santhana Gopala and Aandal. Rama, in this temple is in a reclining position with bow and arrow on his chest with Lakshmana as Adisesha and Brahma in a lotus. Rama is lying on a bed of Darbhai, fasting, for Samudhara Rajan to appear.

Thirupullani, one of the 18 Tiruppatis in the Pandya Kingdom, is a temple 8 kilometers south of Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu. Also known as Dharbasayanam, or Pullaranya Kshetram, this is one of the prominent temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple is glorified in 20 holy verses of Thirumangai Azhwar in his ‘Periya Tirumozhi’. 

Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple Thirupullani Ramanathapuram Legends

Lord Vishnu appearance as Arasu Tree

Thirupullani Temple, Ramanathapuram tells the story of three Maharishis—Pullavar, Kalavar and Kannavar. These sages Pullavar, Kannavar and Kalavar came to this temple region, then covered densely with darba grass and merged themselves in deep penance. Pleased with their penance, Lord Vishnu appeared before them in the form of Arasa Maram.

Though happy they were, the Sages sought the grace of Perumal in his original form, Perumal obliged in the form of Lord Adi Jagannatha. That is the place now called Thirupullani. A shrine for Mother Padmasani was built later. This is also the place where emperor Dasaratha learnt the Mantra for child boon and was blessed with Sri Rama and his brothers as his sons.

Vibeeshana’s Saranagathi

According to Ramayana, a Hindu epic, Ravana, took away Sita and captured her as a prisoner in Lanka. Sri Ramar, on hearing the action performed by Ravana, had to take proper and immediate action to get out Sita Piratti from Ravana. But, Ravana's brother Vibheeshanan who lived along with him doesn’t like the low act of Ravana and advised him to return Sita Piratti to Sri Rama, else the whole Lanka might get into danger.

On hearing the advice from Vibheeshanan, Ravana got angry on him and asked him to get out of Lanka and join along with Sri Rama. Vibheeshanan came out from Lanka and fell down to the divine feet’s of Sri Ramar and explained him that Sita Piratti is kept as the prisoner in Lanka. Since, Vibheeshanan finally fell down to the feet of Sri Ramar for complete Saranagathi, this sthalam is also named as "Saranagathi" Kshetram.

The episode of Vibeeshana’s surrender is of utmost importance to Sri Vaishnavas. Having quickly realized that his brother Ravana was headed inexorably towards destruction at the hands of Sri Rama, Vibishana lost no time is hastening to the feet of the Lord Sri Raama. Ravana’s generals and his other brother Kumbakarna chose to stick with Ravana in his evil path and paid for it with their lives. Vibishana, exercising his superior intellect and keen perspicacity chose to leave the sinking ship instead of going down with it.

His clear-mindedness and faith were rewarded amply and quickly– Sri Raama not only blessed him with the benison of prapatti but also immediately crowned him the King of Lanka right there on the shores of Thirupullani. It is very important to appreciate the extraordinary faith exhibited by Vibishana when faced with a tough situation. He never had any doubt that Sri Raama would accept his request for asylum. For a person without faith, Vibeeshana’s surrender to Lord Sri Raama might sound like a counter-intuitive and stupid decision – even a cowardly one.

But Vibishana calmly acted with faith and clarity, and in doing so, enriched himself beyond measure and etched his name firmly among the ranks of the glorious souls that have wisely found refuge at the one place to be. In one stroke, Vibishana assured for himself, Arul (Grace of the Lord) and porul (material prosperity).

Another important point in this episode is the Lord’s crystal clear and firm enunciation of his intent to protect anyone who surrenders at his feet. Except for Sri Hanuman, everyone in the Vaanara camp expressed doubts about Vibeeshana’s motivations. All the noises made by the doubters were drowned out by Sri Rama

Samudra Rajan’s Saranagathi

Sri Ramar could not know how to cross the huge ocean and got the advice from Vibheeshana that they can cross the ocean only if all the water dries. He advised Sri Rama that he can ask the Samudra Raja to get dried and can make them the way towards the Lanka. On getting the advice from Vibheeshana, Sri Ramar seeks the help of the Samudra Rajan. But he doesn’t show any response for Sri Ramar.

Sri Ramar worshipped before the Samudra Rajan to make the way, but since there was not response from him, Sri Ramar got angry and threatened against samudhara Rajan that if he doesn’t make them the way, he would make the ocean dry completely. On hearing the threatened words from Sri Ramar, Samudhara Raja was frightened and came out from the ocean along with his wife Varuni and fell down on the feet of Sri Ramar as Saranagathi.

Inspite of Vibheeshanan got the Saranagathi, samudhara Rajan and his wife Varuni also got the Saranagathi and thereby justifies that this Kshetram is given the name as "Saranagathi Kshetram".

After this, the Samudhara Rajan made the ocean to become quite and asked Sri Ramar to build a bridge, so that they can travel through it to reach Lanka. As advised by Varunan, Nalan and all the other Monkeys (Vaanara Senai) started to build a bridge and this bridge is called as "Sethu Anai", since this is constructed along the Sethu Karai (Shore). And finally crossing through this bride to Lanka, Sri Ramar fought with Ravana and killed him and got out Sita Piratti.

Kanva Rishi’s Penance

Kanva rishi, who was Maha rishi stayed in this sthalam and did a strong tapas against the perumal without having any food. On satisfied with the tapas of Kalvar Rishi, Emperumaan gave his Seva and asked for the Varam that he should be always along with him and continue to help him. The perumal agreed his words and continued to help him.

Sage Devala cursing Sapta Deva Kanyas

Once there lived a rishi by named Devala Maharishi and did strong tapas on the perumal. He started his tapas after taking the bath and started the tapas. When he was doing the tapas, seven deva Kanyas came down to this sthalam and wanted to take a bath in the small river. They enjoyed that moment and all of them forgot themselves. Their enjoyment made them to forget them to give the proper respect to Devalar Maharishi and on seeing this act of the Sapta deva Kanyas, he gave Saabham for all of them to become Yatchars (ordinary humans with less minded).

On getting the Saabham, all the 7 deva Kanyas realised their mistake and asked Devalar Maharishi that how could they get out from the curse. Devalar Maharishi asked them to get to Pullaranyam (Thirupullani) and get the help from pullar Maharishi, so that he can help them to get out of the Saabham.

All the seven deva Kanyas reached Thirupullani fell down to the feet of pullar Maharishi. They all told him about the Saabham got from Devalar Maharishi and he had advised all of them to get the help of pullar Maharishi to get out of the curse. Pullar Maharishi advised all the 7 Kanyas to stay in Thirupullani and worship the Aadhi Jagannatha perumal and he is the only person who can make them to get out of the Saabham. When Sri Ramar came to this Pullaranyam kshetram, his eyes glanced on all the 7 deva Kanyas and at that moment all of them were out of the Saabham and once again reached the deva lokam.

Lord Rama getting divine Bow

This temple also has associations with the great Indian epic, Ramayana. Lord Rama, the reincarnation of Lord Vishnu came to this temple and worshipped the presiding deity, Adhi Jagannatha Perumal and secured a divine bow to fight Ravana, the ten-headed demon. As satisfied by the worship of Sri Ramar, Aadhi Jagannatha perumal gave him the Bow and because of this, the perumal is also named as "Deivasilaiyar" and Divya Sapan.

King Dasaratha prayers for Puthira Bhagyam

As per another legend, Dasaratha, the father of Rama, performed different sacrifices and did a lot of penance to obtain the sacred Payasam (sweet pudding). He offered it equally to his three wives, resulting in the birth of Rama, Lakshmana, Bharatha and Shatrughna.

Following the legend, childless couples perform a worship called nagapradishta (installing a statue of snake god) in the temple. Sweet pudding is offered to childless couple praying for a child. It is believed that Adi Jagannatha bestows a childlike Rama when such worship is performed. The Nagalingam, said to have been installed by King Dasaratha, is still preserved in this temple.

Lord Rama meeting Ravana’s Messengers

In Thirupullani, Sugan and Savanan, who were messengers of Ravana, met Lord Rama. 

Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple Thirupullani Ramanathapuram History

The temple is believed to have been initiated during the Medieval Chola period along with many temples dedicated to Rama. The Chola king Parantaka I named himself "Sangrama Raghava" after his conquest of Sri Lanka, while his son Aditya I was called Kothandarama. Some later Pandya kings also made contributions to the temple. A mutilated inscription in the temple made during the 37th year of Maravarman Sundara Pandyan in 1305 records order of a minister by name Arya Chakravarthy. Historians believe some portions of the temple tower might also have been built by Jaffna kings, who were friends of Pandya Empire and also rulers of Rameswaram.

There is one damaged record from 1518 from the period of Mahabali Vanadaraya Naykkar and one another made in 1528 during the reign of Sundarattoludaiyar Mahabali Vanadarayar. There are inscriptions in the temple indicating Arab traders visiting the Pandyan Empire. The traders traded pearl and pepper and in return were allowed to build mosques in the region for their worship. The mosques followed Dravidian architecture with stone pillars and were called Kallupalli. The temple received lot of contributions from the Vijayanagara period, along with other Vishnu temples in the region.

Temple Speciality

Thirupullani is one of the celebrated 108 Vaishnava temples. Sri Rama graces in a reclining form. The Bodhi Tree (Arasa Maram) dates back to centuries said to have been graced by the darshan of the Lord.
This temple is one among the 108 Divya Desams. This place got significant link with epic Ramayana. The Tree in the temple is centuries old. The Nagalingam installed by King Dasaratha is still in the temple.

This place is also known as Pullaranyam or Dharbasayanam. Dharbasayanam is a Sanskrit word meaning bed of holiest grass called dharbai. Pullaranyam means “forest of grass”.

This place named after grass because three maharishis Pullavar, Kalavar and Kannavar performed severe penance on Lord Mahavishnu sitting on the darba grass and got the god darshan. Also Lord Rama meditated here for three days on the bed of grass.

King Dasaratha received the Puthra Bagyam Mahamantra and had Rama as his son. So people come here to get blessed to get children. Two times Rama visited this place, before going to Lanka and returning from there. This is also celebrated as Saranagathi place, because Vibishana was surrendered to Rama at this place.

Bathing in the Sethu theertham relieves the sins of the past birth and the adverse effects of planets. Annual festival is celebrated in September as Darbhai Ashtami. Thirumangai Alwar sang hymns on this temple’s deity.

The Temple

The temple is located in Thirupullani, a village located 10 km (6.2 mi) from Ramanathapuram. The temple has a five-tiered Rajagopuram (gateway tower) facing east. The shrine of Adi Jagannatha houses the image of Adi Jagannatha, Bhudevi and Sri Devi in sitting posture. The consort of Adi Jagannathar is Padmasini, housed in a separate shrine. There is a shrine for Dharbasayana Ramar in a reclining posture. There is a metal image of Krishna from the 13th century Pandya period. The image depicts Krishna dancing in a snake, a rare historical depiction of Krishna in a metal image.

Of the 18 Divya Desams of the Pandya region, Thirupullani is the most ancient and important sacred city. The place is also hailed as Pullaranyam, Pullanai, Thiruvanai, Adhi Sethu, Dharbasayanam, Rathnaakara Kshetram, Nalasethu, Saranagathi Kshetram and Pullangadu. Thirupullani is closely associated with the Ramayana especially with the incidents in the latter part of Rama’s life-history, when he goes in search of Sita. Here, Vibishana makes his ‘Saranagathi’ (surrender) to Lord Rama. On his counseling, Lord Rama reposing on the dharbai grass for three days, requests the Samudra Raja (Emperor of the Oceans) to give way to him to go to Lanka.

The Samudra Raja does not concede to his request and infuriates him. The furious Rama takes his bow and warns the Samudra Raja that he would dry up the entire waters. The frightened Samudra Raja with his wives rushes to him and surrenders. Because of the surrenders made here by Vibishana and the Mahodadi, the place is rightly called ‘Saranagathi kshetram’ and since the Lord reposes on the darba grass, He is named ‘Dharbasayana Ramar’.

Thirumangai Alvar has consecrated this temple in 21 pasurams in the ‘Nayaki Bhava’ mode.

Pattabhisheka Ramar Sannadhi

A separate Sannadhi for Pattabisheka Ramar is also found. Pattabisheka Ramar is the Thirukkolam of Sri Ramar while he was given the throne to take over Ayodhya as the king along with Sita Piratti, Lakshmana and Bharatha and Sathrukkanan. This Sannadhi is found in front of dharbha Sayana Rama Sannadhi.

The shrine of Pattabhiramar has a separate flag-pole, altar, Dwarapalakas and ardha mantapam. The victorious Rama, after killing Ravana returns to Ayodhya with Sita in the Pushpaka Vimanam. He rests for a while at this place, where – it is said – He recounts to Sita the events that had happened during their separation. The belief is that limitless blessings will be bestowed to the devotees who worship Pattabhiramar after taking a bath in the Adhisethu.

Santhana Gopalan Sannadhi

This is a separate Sannadhi for Sandhana Gopalan, which is found on the north of Dharbha Sayana Ramar Sannadhi, and the Mandapam is called as ‘Nagar Mandapam Santhana Krishna Mandapam’. It is a lovely sculptural wonder. Lord Krishna sits on the Adisesha who rests on the ‘Koormam’ (tortoise) surrounded by eight elephants and eight serpents.

In this Sannadhi, Sri Krishnar is found as a small child on Adisesha. It is believed that on worshipping this perumal can get the pregnancy. It is believed that the childless couple will be blessed with a child, if they worship the deity offering ‘paalpayasam’ (sweet-milk porridge) to him. This is a famous offering in the Thirupullani temple.

Mulai Garudan Sannidhi

There is a Sannidhi for Sri Garudazhwar in one corner (Isanya Moolai) of the temple wall. The Garudazhwar here is very powerful. Such a Sannidhi for Sri Garudazhwar is found only in select temples.

Chinnakoil

Another landmark and a small temple is ‘Chinnakoil’ (small temple) situated about 3 furlongs from the seashore. It houses Lord Srinivasa and has beautiful sculptures. On the northern side there is the white-image of ‘Swetha Madhavan’, believed to be found from the sea. This is a marvelous sculptural piece, lauded by the Archeological Survey of India. Another interesting image is that of ‘Agasthyar’, which is believed to be found from the sea. There are water-eroded marks on the knees of the image.

Dharbasayanam Ramar Shrine

Sri Dharbasayanam Ramar under the ‘Pushpaka Vimanam’ is in a reclining posture. Since he is lying on the dharbai grass (sacred grass used in the rituals), he is called so. The Dwarapalakas (divine securities at the doorstep) installed at the doorstep of the sanctum sanctorum have majestic appearance with a domineering moustache in their faces. It is rare to see such type of imposing figures of Dwarapalakas. They have hands with ‘aahvaana sign’ (inviting sign) as if inviting into this unique sanctum, where the stately Rama reposes with his sword beside him. But, he presents himself as the Lord of Milky Ocean – from his navel arise three Lotus-stems, the center lotus with Lord Brahma flanked on his sides with Sun and Moon with head gear.

Along with them sculpted on the wall are Madhu-Kaitaba, Lakshmi, Kausthubam and Sundopasundas. On the side of the crown are Garuda and Markandeya. At his feet are the Ramayana personages, Sukha and Sarana, and also Hanuman are enjoying the feet of Rama in a valiant posture. At the southern side of the ardha mantapam stands politely Vibishana holding the mace and on the northern side are the Emperor and his wives of ‘Mahodadi’ (Ocean) making surrender to Lord Rama. Lakshmana as the Serpent-bed Adisesha carries his Lord.

The Procession-deity (Utsava murthy) is ‘Kothandaraman’ with Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman standing respectfully as though trying to effect an alliance between Rama and Vibishana. The entire sanctum is a splendid piece, a superb sculpted tableau representing a few scenes from Ramayana. This is an exclusive presentation which could not be seen anywhere else.

Moolavar and Thaayar

The Prime Deity faces east in the sitting posture with Sri Devi and Bhu Devi. Similarly, his Consort Sri Padmasani Thayar sits and renders her blessings to the devotees. Near this shrine is the age-old Pipal (Aswatha) tree and is considered to be the incarnation of Aswatha Narayanan who revealed himself to the three sages, Pullavar, Kannuvar, and Kaalavar. The Prime Deity is also known as ‘Dakshina Jagannathan’, installed as a Salagramam by the Devas during the swayambu manvantharam. It is said that the childless Emperor Dasaratha worshipped Lord Jagannatha and received as blessings his four sons.

The Moolavar of this sthalam is Sri Kalyana Jagannathan. He is found in Nindra Thirukkolam facing along the East direction. Lord has given Prathyaksham for Ashwantha Narayanan, Pullaranya Rishi, and Samuthira Rajan, Devalar Muni and Kanva Maharishi. Thaayar: There are two Thaayar’s found in this sthalam. Kalyana valli is one of the Thaayar and another one is Padmasini Thaayar.

The perumal is daily fed with Milk Payasam as the "Naivedhyam" in the night. It is said that all the devotees who does pilgrimages travel towards Rameswaram, have to worship this Thirupullani Aadhi Jagannathan.

Sthala Viruksham (Tree)

The sthala Viruksham (tree) of this kshetram is Asrattham (Arasa) tree. A big tree is found on the west side of the Moolavar Sannadhi and beneath that is found lots of Siva Lingam. It is said that people can get the pregnancy by dedicating the Siva Lingam beneath the tree.

Mangalasasanam

Thirumangaialwar - 21 Paasurams

Pushkarani

  • Hema theertham.
  • Chakkara theertham.
  • Rathnaakara Samuthiram.

Vimanam

Kalyana Vimaanam. 

Chakra Theertham

The temple tank of Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thirupullani deserves special mention. It is known as the Chakra theertham. It is also one of Theerthams associated with Ramanathaswamy Temple, Rameswaram. In contrast to most temple tanks of today, this tank is filled to the brim with clear water – a heartwarming sight indeed.

According to old-timers, about two decades back, this temple tank was almost dry, with just a few puddles of wet mud here and there. Thanks to the efforts of Srimad Andavan, this tank has been restored to its original glory. Even in the current times, it is possible to preserve nature – if only man realizes the value of this activity.

Adjacent to the vast theertham, neatly maintained Sannidhi for Swami Desikan can be seen.

Sethu Karai

Another very important sacred place is the ‘Sethukarai’, the seashore about 3 kms from Thirupullani. This is also called ‘Adhisethu’ or ‘Ratnaakaram’. ‘Sethu’ means ‘Bridge’. This is the place where Lord Rama built the bridge to cross over the ocean to reach Lanka, to retrieve Sita. Even today, we can see on the eastern side within the sea a long stone-way. A recent satellite photograph has proved the existence of such a causeway under the sea. This bridge was built by Nala, the monkey-architect and hence the name ‘Nala Sethu’. At the shore, there is a small shrine for Hanuman with enfolded palms facing south. He is a deity loved and worshipped by the people here.

A place of Puranic importance, Sethu Karai (meaning the Sethu Coast) is an important pilgrim center having religious significance owing to the belief that Lord Ram is said to have constructed a bridge from here over the sea waters to reach Sri Lanka with the help of Vanaras to save Sita from the hands of Ravana. It is a hallowed place for Hindus as they conduct their religious rites in this place and is situated around 68 kilometers from Rameswaram and is near Erwadi Dharga. 

Sethu Karai, translating roughly to ‘ridge coast’, is another place of religious importance, situated near the town of Ramanathapuram. According to legend, Lord Rama constructed a bridge to cross the sea between Rameswaram and Lanka. The original bridge however, no longer exists here, but its ruins are still visible.

Adi Sethu, the primary sacred bathing spot, from where the work for Ramsethu Bridge started. Ram is believed to have bathed here before starting the bridge work and again on his return. The name of 'Sethukarai' is 'Rathinagharam'. Again 'Sethu' (Hindi) means 'Anai' (dam) in Tamil language. So the Vaishnavites also call this place as 'Thiru Anai'. 

Nowadays if any Indian has been asked to define the territories of India, he should definitely say that Kashmir at north and the Kanyakumari at south. But once upon it had been told that Kashmir had been the north and Sethu had been the south, which could be derived from the ancient Ithihasas which says "Aasethu Himachalam" in Sanskrit.

Again the Upanishads are telling about Sethu as Amrutha saisya Sethu: and the Vishnu sahasranamam calls it as Ousstham jaghatha Sethu.

When and where ever, if the story of Rama could have been written or been translated, there would be the special place for Sethu, from where lord Rama had bridged to Srilanka by the help of His Vaanara Sena (monkeys army).

Again this is the place where lord Rama had accepted the shelter of Vibheeshanan, who was the younger brother of the demon king Ravana. Vibheeshanan had been neglected by his brother demon Ravana, since he had advised Ravana against the abduction of Rama's wife by him (Ravana).

Rama is believed to have built a floating stone bridge, the Ramsethu Bridge that further continued to Dhanushkodi in Rameswaram till Talai Mannar in Sri Lanka. According to another version, as quoted in Adhyatma Ramayana, Rama installed the lingam before the construction of the bridge to Lanka.
Sethu Karai or Shore is close to Thirupullani at a distance of four km. At this place there is Temple with the Deity of Hanuman. It is amazing to see that the Deity of Hanuman is directly facing the ocean.

Theerthavari Utsavam

Every year Theerthavari Utsavam is held at this place in memory of Lord Rama’s onward march to Lanka that was planned from the Sethu Sea shore and in celebration of his subsequent victory over Ravana. 

Kalyana Jagannatha Perumal, the Utsava deity and Pattabisheka Rama of Thirupullani Divya Desam make a joint visit once in a year of 4 km trip to the Sethu Sea shore. Kalyana Jagannathan and Pattabhisheka Rama make an early start by 7am with Alankaram goes to southern sea shore for the day long procession.

Seated on two separate palanquins and driven all the way on bullock carts Jagannatha Perumal and Pattabhisheka Rama go on a one hour procession to the Sethu Sea shore for the Theerthavari Utsavam. At the Hanuman temple on the banks of the Sethu sea shore, special Thirumanjana is performed for both Lord Jagannathan and Pattabhisheka Rama, while Hanuman is honored with a special Abhisheka as an acknowledgement of his efforts in locating Sita and giving Rama the good news.

After providing joint darshan on the banks of the Sethu Sea shore for over 3 hours, Kalyana Jagannatha Perumal and Pattabhisheka Rama make their way back to Thirupullani Divya Desam in the evening.

Sethu Karai Hanuman Temple

This is the place from where Lord Ramachandra constructed Sethu (bridge) to Lanka with the help of Hanuman, Nala and the monkey army to rescue Sita Devi from the clutches of Ravana. At this place there is a Temple with the deity of Hanuman. It is amazing to see that the deity of Hanuman is directly facing the ocean. Sethu Karai Temple is about four km from Thirupullani.

Sethu Bridge

The Sethu Bridge has submerged under the sea but if you do request the fisherman on the banks of the Sethu sea shore, they may take you across the sea to show you the place that once was the Sethu Bridge.

Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple Thirupullani Opening Time

The temple is open from morning 7.00 clock till 12.30 noon and from 3.30 to 8.30 pm.

Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple Thirupullani Festivals

The temple priests perform the pooja (rituals) during festivals and on a daily basis. Like other Vishnu temples of Tamil Nadu, the priests belong to the Vaishnavaite community, a Brahmin sub-caste. The temple rituals are performed six times a day: Ushathkalam at 7 a.m., Kalasanthi at 8:00 a.m., Uchikalam at 12:00 p.m., Sayarakshai at 6:00 p.m., Irandamkalam at 7:00 p.m. and Ardha Jamam at 10:00 p.m.

Each ritual has three steps: Alangaram (decoration), neivethanam (food offering) and deepa aradanai (waving of lamps) for both Adi Jagannatha and Padmasini. During the last step of worship, nagaswaram (pipe instrument) and tavil (percussion instrument) are played, religious instructions in the Vedas (sacred text) are recited by priests, and worshippers prostrate themselves in front of the temple mast. There are weekly, monthly and fortnightly rituals performed in the temple.

Brahmotsavam & Rama Navami

The two major festivals celebrated in the temple are the Panguni Brahmotsavam for Adi Jagannathar and Rama Navami Utsavam during the Tamil month of Chittirai. In these festivals Lord Jagannatha and Lord Rama appear on Garuda Vahanam. Jagannatha on the Panguni Uthiram day and Rama on the Chitra Pournami Day come out in procession.

Darbhai Ashtami

The eighth day of the waxing moon in Purattasi/Badra (September - October) is observed as Darbhai Ashtami and is an annual festival in this shrine.

Other Festivals

Other festivals associated with Lord Vishnu like Janmashtami (birth of Krishna), Vaikunta Ekadasi (December – January), Pongal (January 14th, 15th), Deepavali (October – November) and weekends attract huge crowds to the temple.

Religious Practices & Significance

The temple priests perform the pooja (rituals) during festivals and on a daily basis. Like other Vishnu temples of Tamil Nadu, the priests belong to the Vaishnavaite community, a Brahmin sub-caste. The temple rituals are performed six times a day: Ushathkalam at 7 a.m., Kalasanthi at 8:00 a.m., Uchikalam at 12:00 p.m., Sayarakshai at 6:00 p.m., Irandamkalam at 7:00 p.m. and Ardha Jamam at 10:00 p.m.

Each ritual has three steps: Alangaram (decoration), neivethanam (food offering) and deepa aradanai (waving of lamps) for both Adi Jagannatha and Padmasini. During the last step of worship, nagaswaram (pipe instrument) and tavil (percussion instrument) are played, religious instructions in the Vedas (sacred text) are recited by priests, and worshippers prostrate themselves in front of the temple mast. There are weekly, monthly and fortnightly rituals performed in the temple.

Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple Thirupullani Prayers

The most significant prayer in this holy place is to pray for begetting issues. The belief is that our sins will be absolved if we take a bath in the Sethu Thirtham. Moreover, all the impediments caused by the planets will be relieved if we worship here. Those who have difficulties in getting married pray to the Utsavar, Kalyana Jagannathar.

The offerings include adorning Perumal with Tulsi garland, Thaayar with sari and conducting abhishekams and poojas. We can also distribute the naivedyam to the devotees who come to the temple. Those who can afford can donate to the temple renovation.

Devotees throng to Thirupullani Temple to be blessed with children. They offer ‘kheer’ (milk and rice pudding) to Lord Krishna. This too is an association of the Ramayana when King Dasaratha received a bowl of the sweet dish to be divided among his three wives and four sons were born to the king.

The Sethu Theertham is the holy water source in this temple. Devotees bathe in it to be relieved from the sins of past births. Adverse effects of the planets seen by astrologers in birth charts are mitigated.

How to Reach Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple Thirupullani?

Thirupullani is 10 km from Ramanathapuram and 75 km from Rameswaram. Rameswaram is covered by rail route from various parts of India to the convenience of pilgrims. Nearest Railway Station is located at Ramanathapuram. Nearest airport is Madurai Airport which is located at a distance of about 125 kms from Ramanathapuram.

Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple Thirupullani Address

Arulmigu Aadhi Jagannatha Perumal Tirukkovil,
Thirupullani – 623 532,
Ramanathapuram District
Phone: +91-4567- 254 527; +91-94866 94035.

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