Presiding deity: Perumal Adhi Jagannathar, Divyashaban
Mother: Sri Lakshmi Devi
Holy tree: Arasu tree
Noted for: Boon for children
Reputation : Divyadesam
Closely linked with: Sri Ramayana Epic
Place : Thirupullani
Scriptural name: Thirupullanai
Majority of the devotees throng the temple seeking boon for children. Bathing in the Sethu Theertham relieve the devotee from the sins of the past birth and they are relieved of the adverse effects of the planets.
Offering Sari to mother goddess, Tulsi garlands to Perumal, feeding the visitors, distributing the nivedhana to the visitors are followed as prayer commitments here. The rich ones offer liberal donation for the maintenance of the temple.
For those seeking child boon. They should have a dip in the Sethu Theertha and should do abishek (bathing the idol) to the Nagar given from the temple. They have to fast throughout the day. They have to stay in the temple in the night. Next day they should install the Nagar (snake idol) in the proper manner. Should do the puja for the child boon and should take the prasad (milk payasam). They get the child.
Thirupullani has a close link with the epic of Ramayana. This is the place where the messengers of Ravana, Sugan and Savanan met the Lord. After the abduction of Sita, on his way to Lanka, Rama came to Thirupullani where King Dasaratha worshipped the Lord. This is the place where Rama held talks with the monkey army and built the Sethu Bridge.
There are certain centers in India with special significance. Varanasi to shed the sins, Thirumanjeri for marriage alliances and Thirupullani for getting children.
Sri Rama is in a lying posture in the temple. The bed is made of Darba grass where Rama gave darshan to all. Dasaratha got the Child Boon Mantra from this place only. The Nagalingam installed by King Dasaratha is still preserved in this temple. The Arasu tree is also centuries old. Thirumangai Azhwar’s hymns bear the Mangalasasanam of the temple.
Thirupullani is 10 kms from Ramanathapuram and 75 from Rameswaram. Lodge facilities are available in Ramanathapuram, charges ranging from Rs. 100 to Rs. 400.
There are sufficient rail links to Ramanathapuram from all parts of the country. Bus facilities too from all parts of Tamilnadu. There are also bus facilities to Utharakosamangai from Ramanathapuram. Nearest airport is Madurai.
Brammotsavam in Panguni – March-April; Sri Ramanavami in Chithirai, April-May are the important festivals celebrated in the temple. Also Vaikunda Ekadasi, Janmashtami, Pongal, Deepavali and week ends attract huge crowd to the temple.
Thousands of centuries ago, three maharshis, Pullavar, Kalavar and Kannavar performed severe penance on Lord Mahavishnu sitting on the Darba grass. The Lord gave darshan to the Rishis in the form of an Arasu tree. Though they were happy to have the darshan of the Lord in the form of Arasu Tree they begged him to show them His original form. The Lord obliged and appeared as Adhi Jagannatha Perumal. This is the present Thirupullani. It is here king Dasaratha also received the Puthra Bagya Mahamantra and had Rama as his son.