The Adi Jagannatha Temple is a South Indian Hindu temple in Thiruppullani, a village in the outskirts of Ramanathapuram in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu.
Constructed in Dravidian style of architecture, the temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil canon of the Azhwar saints from the 6th - 9th centuries AD. It is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Adi Jagannatha and his consort Lakshmi as Padmasini.
Tirupullani 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.
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 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 Adi Jagannatha temple is believed to have been built during the late 8th century AD, with later contributions from Medieval Cholas,later Pandyas, Sethupathi Kings of Ramnad. As per Hindu legend, Rama is believed to done penance to worship the god of ocean to seek way to Sri Lanka in grass, giving the name Dharbasayanam to the place.
72 Chatur Yugas ago (countless crores of years), three 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 Tirupullani.
The temple is open from morning 7.00 clock till 12.30 noon and from 3.30 to 8.30 pm.
Moolavar : Adi Jagannathar (Deiva Chilayaar)
Urchavar : Kalyana Jagannathar
Amman / Thayar : Kalyanavalli, Padmasani
Thala Virutcham : Pipal Tree (Aswatha)
Theertham : Hema Chakra Thirtham, Adhi Sethu Rathnakara Thirtham