A closeup view focussing the entrance tower at Thiruppullani Sri Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple
A closeup view focussing the entrance tower at Thiruppullani Sri Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple

Thiruppullani Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, one of the 108 Divaya Desam temples, located at ‘Thiruppullani’ village, Ramanathapuram district of Tamilnadu, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This temple is also known as ‘Thiruppullani Sri Kalyana Jagannatha Perumal Temple’. Thiruppullani Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple is believed to be built during the Cholas period and was later contributed by Pandyas and Sethupathi Kings of Ramnad.

The mythology says that Lord Rama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, is said to be performed penance towards Lord Samudraraja, the God of Ocean to solicit way to reach Sri Lanka. Lord Rama was said to be performed penance lying on Kusa grass, this act is called as Dharbasayanam in Sanskrit. Another mythology was that Dasaratha, the father of Lord Rama is said to have done many sacrifices to acquire the holy Payasam (Sweet Pudding). And it is believed that after offering that holy sweet pudding to his three wives resulted in the birth of Lord Rama, Lakshmana, Bharatha and Shatrughna.

And hence those who are childless, worship at this temple by offering sweet pudding to Lord Adi Jagannatha. And they install an image of snake god in the temple as a part of this worship, and this process is called Nagapradishta.

Specialty

The presiding deity of Thiruppullani Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple is Lord Dharbasayana Ramar (Lord Vishnu) in a reclining posture. The other deities of this temple are Goddess Padmasini(Goddess Lakshmi), the consort of Lord Adi Jagannatha is placed in a separate shrine, Goddess Bhudevi and Goddess Sridevi, Lord Krishna. The special feature of this temple is the image of Lord Krishna is a metal image which depicts Lord Krishna dancing in a snake.

Thiruppullani Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple is glorified in Nalayira Divya Prabandham, the Vaishnava canon and hymns were sung by Thirumangai Azhwar and it is also described in the Kamba Ramayanam, a Tamil epic by Kambar, Tamil poet. This temple is built in the style of Dravidian architecture and is now under the administration of Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamil Nadu.

Pooja Timings

  • Ushathkalam Pooja – 7 a.m.
  • Kalasanthi Pooja – 8:00 a.m.
  • Uchikalam Pooja – 12:00 p.m.
  • Sayarakshai Pooja – 6:00 p.m.
  • Irandamkalam Pooja – 7:00 p.m.
  • Ardha Jamam Pooja – 10:00 p.m.

Festivals

  • Panguni Brahmotsavam Festival – March or April
  • Rama Navami Utsavam – April or May
  • Vaikunta Ekadashi Festival – December or January
  • Krishna Jayanthi Festival – August or September
  • Pongal Festival – January
  • Diwali Festival – October or November
By Road

The town is located on south east Tamil Nadu and connected by NH 49 to Madurai from Rameswaram. East Coast Road is the major coastal road which connects the state capital Chennai and Ramanathapuram, and also connects Ramanathapuram with Pondicherry, Tuticorin and Kanyakumari.


By Train

The town is well connected by railroad to major cities in India through Madurai Junction.


By Air

The nearest airport is Madurai Airport, which is about 125 km.

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