|Description This Divya
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 Tiruppullaani, near Ramanathapuram.
The ancient Tamil Sangam work
Akanaanooru has referred to Tiruppullaani.
Deities: The Moolavar here is Kalyana Jagannathan or Aadi Jagannathan
in a standing posture facing east; Chakravarti Tirumagan in a reclining posture facing
east .(Kadaladaitta Perumaal) and Taayaars 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
Legends: 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, said to have been installed by Rama. Belief
has it that barren women beget progeny upon worshipping at Devipatnam and Tiruppullani and
residing here. The name Pullaani arises from the legend that Vishnu
appeared here under the Aswatha tree, in response to prayers by Pulla Maharishi, hence the
name Pullaranyam. This shrine is also said to be associated with
Vibhishana Saranaagati (Vibhishana's surrender).
The Pattabhi Rama shrine is said to represent Rama's pointing out to Sita, the spot
where he had rested earlier (while he returned to Ayodhya with her).
The temple: 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.
Festivals: Four worship services are carried out here. The annual
festivals are celebrated in the months of Pankuni (for Aadi Jagannatha Perumaal) and
Chittirai (for Pattabhi Rama) and the Adhyayanotsavam in Margazhi.