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Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thiruppullani

Leaving Rameswaram after a brief visit, I was heading to Madurai, on the way, I went for a darshan (worship) at the famous Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thiruppullani [அருள்மிகு ஆதிஜெகந்நாதப்பெருமாள் கோயில், திருப்புல்லாணி].

Instead of going to Madurai by Madurai to Dhanushkodi highway (National Highway 87), I was advised to take the Rameswaram to Thoothukudi Road (State Highway 717), this smaller road reaches directly the temple in Thiruppullani. I loved taking this road-since it had been only a few months after the seasonal rains, there was greenery all around this road which had no traffic and it was beautiful. On the way, I saw the towers of the Arulmigu Mangalanathi Swamy temple in Uthirakosamangai [திரு உத்திரகோசமங்கை கோயில்], I couldn’t go inside the temple for worship today.

Farm lands - Rameswaram to Thoothukudi Road towards Thiruppullani
Farmlands – Rameswaram to Thoothukudi Road towards Thiruppullani
Windmills seen in the Farm lands - Rameswaram to Thoothukudi Road towards Thiruppullani
Windmills are seen in the Farmlands – Rameswaram to Thoothukudi Road towards Thiruppullani
Arulmigu Mangalanathi Swamy temple, Uthirakosamangai [திரு உத்திரகோசமங்கை கோயில்]
Arulmigu Mangalanathi Swamy temple, Uthirakosamangai [திரு உத்திரகோசமங்கை கோயில்]

Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thiruppullani

Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thiruppullani [அருள்மிகு ஆதிஜெகந்நாதப்பெருமாள் கோயில், திருப்புல்லாணி] is a South Indian Hindu temple in Thiruppullani. It is believed that Lord Rama used grass (‘pul’ in Tamil) as a pillow to sleep and hence the village attained the name Thiruppullani. It is one of the 108 Divyadesam (listed as 44th Divyadesam) dedicated to God Sri Vishnu, who is worshipped as Sri Adi Jagannatha and his consort Sri Lakshmi as Padmasini.

Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thiruppullani [அருள்மிகு ஆதிஜெகந்நாதப்பெருமாள் கோயில், திருப்புல்லாணி]
Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thiruppullani [அருள்மிகு ஆதிஜெகந்நாதப்பெருமாள் கோயில், திருப்புல்லாணி]
Venkatarangan in front of the Sri Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thiruppullani
Venkatarangan in front of the Sri Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thiruppullani

When I went today, being a working day around 11 AM, the temple was void of any crowd. There were only a few other devotees and I was able to worship and pray without any hurry. The main idol of the God here is quite large, the size resembling how Sri Garuda Azhwar gets represented in temples.

Painting of the Moolavar Sri Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thiruppullani [அருள்மிகு ஆதிஜெகந்நாதப்பெருமாள் மூலவர், திருப்புல்லாணி]
Painting of the Moolavar Sri Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thiruppullani [அருள்மிகு ஆதிஜெகந்நாதப்பெருமாள் மூலவர், திருப்புல்லாணி]
Sri Lakshmi Sannidhi (ஸ்ரீ லக்ஷ்மி தாயார் சந்நிதி)
Sri Lakshmi Sannidhi (ஸ்ரீ லக்ஷ்மி தாயார் சந்நிதி)
Temple tank of Arulmigu Adhi Jagannatha Perumal Temple Thiruppullani
Temple tank of Arulmigu Adhi Jagannatha Perumal Temple Thiruppullani

The temple also has a sannidhi (Sanctum Sanctorum) for God Sri Rama in a reclining pose resembling the style we normally see with Srirangam Sri Ranganatha Swamy, he is called here as Sri Dharbasayana Ramar (ஸ்ரீ தர்ப்ப சயன ராமர்). There is also God Sri Rama in his coronation pose (ஸ்ரீ பட்டாபிஷேக ராமர்)

Sri Dharbasayana Ramar (ஸ்ரீ தர்ப்ப சயன ராமர்)
Sri Dharbasayana Ramar (ஸ்ரீ தர்ப்ப சயன ராமர்)
Sri Dharbasayana Ramar (ஸ்ரீ தர்ப்ப சயன ராமர்). There is also God Sri Rama in his coronation pose (ஸ்ரீ பட்டாபிஷேக ராமர்)
Sri Dharbasayana Ramar (ஸ்ரீ தர்ப்ப சயன ராமர்). There is also God Sri Rama in his coronation pose (ஸ்ரீ பட்டாபிஷேக ராமர்)
ஆதிஜெகந்நாதப்பெருமாள் கோயில், திருப்புல்லாணி-ஸ்ரீ பட்டாபிஷேக ராமர் சந்நிதி
ஆதிஜெகந்நாதப்பெருமாள் கோயில், திருப்புல்லாணி-ஸ்ரீ பட்டாபிஷேக ராமர் சந்நிதி
The nice garden inside the temple premises
The nice garden inside the temple premises
Arulmigu Adhi Jagannatha Perumal Temple Nagapradishta
Arulmigu Adhi Jagannatha Perumal Temple Nagapradishta
Shops in front of the Thiruppullani temple selling many items - Carry bags made out of palm leaves are famous in this region
Shops in front of the Thiruppullani temple selling many items – Carry bags made out of palm leaves are famous in this region
This gentleman who is the contractor for the restrooms in front of the temple has been maintaining these for the last three decades on a near voluntary basis - I appreciated him for keeping the restrooms, though basic, clean!
This gentleman who is the contractor for the restrooms in front of the temple has been maintaining these for the last three decades on a near voluntary basis – I appreciated him for keeping the restrooms, though basic, clean!
Thirujeer mutt thirukkurunkudi's ashram in front of the Thiruppullani Temple  [திரு ஜீயர் மடம் திருக்குறுங்குடி, திருப்புல்லாணி]
Thirujeer mutt thirukkurunkudi’s ashram in front of the Thiruppullani Temple [திரு ஜீயர் மடம் திருக்குறுங்குடி, திருப்புல்லாணி]

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