Description: This Dhivya Desam is one of the Sethu Stalams, on the
coast of Tamilnadu,
linked with the Ramayana. It is also known as Darbhasayanam. It is located at Thiruppullaani, near Ramanathapuram.
Deities: The Moolavar here
is Kalyana Jagannathan or Aadi Jagannathan in a standing posture facing East; Chakravarti Thirumagan in a reclining posture
facing East .(Kadaladaitta Perumaal) and Thaayaars here are Padmasini and Kalyanavalli. There are two shrines here one enshrining
Rama in the Darbasayana pose, signifying his resting here and invoking Varuna for help in crossing the ocean, enroute to Sri
Lanka in search of Sita and another shrine to Pattabhirama.
Legend: Rama is said to have blessed
Kanva Rishi with a divine bow. Aadi Sethu, the bathing ghats on the ocean - is located at a distance of 2 km from here. Devipatnam
nearby houses the Nava Pashana shrines, representing the Nava Grahams, worshipped by Rama. Belief has it that barren women
beget progeny upon worshipping at Devipatnam and Thiruppullani and residing here. The name Pullaani arises from the legend
that Perumaal appeared here under the Aswatha tree, in response to prayers by Pulla Maharishi, hence the name Pullaranyam.
Legend has it that Rama worshipped Jagannathar before setting out to battle Ravana, and hence the Jagannathar
shrine is considered equivalent to the Srirangam temple. This shrine is also said to represent the site where Vibhishana surrendered
The Pattabhi Rama shrine represents Rama's pointing out to Sita, the spot where he rested (while he returned
to Ayodhya with her).
Legends related to this shrine are referenced in the Agneya puranam. This ancient shrine has also been mentioned
in the Sangam period Tamil work Akanaanooru.
This temple with two prakarams covers an area of about 1.5 acres and is crowned with a 120 feet high gopuram. The Ramanathapuram
Royal family has patronized the temple as evidenced from several stone and metal inscriptions.
Festivals: Four worship services are carried out here. The annual festivals are celebrated in the months
of Pankuni (Aadi Jagannatha) and Chittirai (Pattabhirama) and the Adhyayanotsavam