Monday, May 28, 2007

Thiru Pullani Darbha Sayana Rama

A Sacred Place for absolute Surrender to the Lord
Lord Raama prayed to the Sea Lord to seek solution for his cross over to Lanka

10kms South East of Ramanathapuram on the Keelakarai Road is Thirupullani located on the banks of river Sethu (Sethu Karai). This temple dates back to a time before Rama Avatar. Rama came here in his search for Sita. Rama is believed to have invoked the blessings of Adhi Jagannathan at this temple before he departed for Lanka.

Sacred Place for Surrender to the Lord

It was here that Vibheeshana, the brother of Ravana, came for refuge and surrendered to Lord Rama asking him for help. While the entire Vaanara army looked at Vibheeshana with suspicion- one who has come with a plot to attack the Lord, it was Hanuman, who with folded hands, expressed his opinion that the Lord should accept Vibheeshana. Hanuman can be seen here, at this temple, in a posture indicating Vibheeshana’s surrender to Raama and to protect him from his brother(Raavana).

It was also here that Rama preached the doctrine of ‘Surrender’ that is applicable even today.

In Valmeeki’s account of this ‘Surrender to Lord episode’, Raama says, ‘I cannot reject anyone who comes to me for protection. This is my dharma. If Raavana himself came to me I would not reject him. How then can I reject his brother who has done me no wrong.’

In the Vaishnava Sampradaya, this episode of ‘Surrender to the Lord’ is held just as important as the Bhagavad Gita(Mahabharata). It is a doctrine that Lord accepts all who, in absolute surrender, seek shelter at his feet. Their sins are burnt out by the mere act of surrender.

This is a message of hope to erring humanity. There is hope for the worst of us if only we surrender ourselves to the Lord. This divine assurance is the life and light that a world filled with sin and darkness, needs.

Out of all the Divya Desams, this is said to be the most sacred for those devotees who are seeking ‘absolute surrender to Lord’.

Darbha Sayana Raamar

Having accepted Vibheeshana, it was here that Lord Raama along with the Vaanara (monkey ) army deliberated ways to cross the sea and orchestrated the way forward plan to Lanka to defeat Ravana.

Spreading Darbha grass (sacred grass used for religious rites) on the banks of River Sethu, Raama undertook a fast addressing Varuna(Sea Lord) and looked to him for a solution to cross the sea. Varuna asked him to build a bridge across the sea with boulders and trees and also promised him to show the best route to build the bridge.

Being the one who undertook a fast, lying on the Darbha grass, Raama here is called Darbha Sayana Raama.

Thondaradipodi Azhwar in his Thiru Maalai verse makes a reference to the role of the Squirrel in the construction of the bridge across the Sethu “குரங்குகள் மலையை தூக்கக்  குளித்துத் தாம் புரண்டிட்டு ஓடித்……”. He says that the squirrels which on seeing the monkeys helping Lord Rama, too wanted to help out the Lord. Being small in nature, they could not carry the trees and boulders. Hence, they did something innovative. The squirrels rolled on the sand and then ran back to the Sethu Bridge and dropped off the sand that had stuck to their body.

So impressed was Lord Rama that he rubbed the squirrels with warmth, a mark that remains to this day on the body of every squirrel. Squirrels have 3(vertical) lines on their body believed to be Rama’s own finger prints.

Having defeated the Lankan king, Lord Raama is said to have come back here and performed Pattabhishekham (crowning ceremony). Hence, he is here called ‘PattabhiRaamar’.

Childless Couple
Raama’s father King Dasharatha is believed to have performed a Yagna here and is believed to have had his four children after this yagna. Hence it is the belief that childless couple who bathe at the Sethu river and pray to the Lord here will be blessed with a child.

Sethu Bridge
The Sethu bridge has submerged under the sea but if you do request the fisherman on the banks of the Sethu sea shore, they may take you across the sea to show you the place that once was the Sethu Bridge.

Quick Facts
Moolavar  : Adhi Jagannathan – East Facing, Sitting Posture
Thaayar    : Kalyanavalli, Padmasini
Time         : 8am –12.20pm and 330pm-8pm
Priest        : T. Seshadri(Peshkar) on 98429 48390,
                   Ranganatha Bhattar on 99428 89763
                   Anantha Krishnan (Accountant) on 04567 254 527

How to reach:
Thiru Pullani is around 10Kms South East of Ramanathapuram, Muffosil buses every 15minutes from Ramanathapuram Bus Stand. Town Bus  1A,1B, 5,5A,5B, 10 and 17 from Ramnad
Auto : Auto will charge Rs. 150-200 for a one way drop from Ramanathapuram to Thirupullani

Places to visit nearby : Dhanushkodi, Pamban Bridge, Rameswaram


dr vk nair said...

you can stay in the temple area if in a group, i saw pilgrims making a night stay in the area near this temple's pond..

Anonymous said...

The details are very useful as we are going alongwith family.
Mr Prbhu

nAradA said...

>>Kurangugal Malaiyai Nookkak Kulithuth Thaam Purandittu Odith……<<

The actual text (from tirumAlai) is given here. Pl see that it is "thookka" and not "nookka"

குரங்குகள் மலையை தூக்கக் குளித்துத்தாம் புரண்டிட் டோடி

தரங்கநீ ரடைக்க லுற்ற சலமிலா அணிலம் போலேன்

மரங்கள்போல் வலிய நெஞ்சம் வஞ்சனேன் நெஞ்சு தன்னால்

அரங்கனார்க் காட்செய் யாதே அளியத்தே னயர்க்கின் றேனே.

nAradA said...

>>Adhi Jagannathan – East Facing, Standing Posture<<

Can you verify this standing posture quoting an authentic source? I have seen "sitting" as well as "standing" posture at different websites. gives both postures for the same moolavar. Confusing. But the photograph of the moolavar in shows the sitting posture only.

PRabhu S said...

Thanks for pointing it out. It is sitting posture.


kathir said...

thank you very much for giving me the contact numbers .very useful information

Badri said...

Nooka is correct.

Sowmya Prabha said...

I am looking to go to this temple with my parents. Can you please suggest the best mode of transportation and train connections to get there ?
I really need some help and guidance.

PRabhu S said...


Please get down at Ramanathapuram station / bus stand.

From there, board Eravadi/Tuticorin/Tiruchendur bound bus to get down at thiru Pullan outer

From here,you can take an auto-1km to reach the temple.

You may take local buses from Ramanathapuram to the temple entrance.

Auto from Ramanathapuram to Pullani will cost RS 250.


vam said...

What's the darsanam timings