108 Divya Desams !! Thirupullam Boothankudi – Sri Valvil Ramar Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Thirupullam Boothankudi – Jatayu Moksha Kshetram is one of the 108 Divya Desams situatated 10km west of Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu.  This temple is located in village called Pullam Boothankudi which is 3kms from Swamimalai.

Presiding deity – Moolavar - Sri Valvil Ramar in reclining posture Bujanga Sayanam, Utsava Murthy – Lord Rama with Chathurbujam.  Goddess Sri Hemamabujavalli/Potramarai Thayar

Theertham – Jatayu Theertham, Krithura Theertham

Vimanam – Shobhana Vimanam

Mangalasasanam – Thirumangai Alwar

Sthala Vruksham - Punnai tree – a large evergreen tree in the family of Clusiaceae, with  long shiny green leaves.

Sannidhis – Lord Narasimha, Navagraha Parihara Sthal-Mercury,

The legend has that Goddess Sita was abducted by the demon King Ravana consequently Lord Rama was separated from his dearest wife; he desperately started to search for her and arrived in this sacred land.  Ravana on his way to Lanka had an encounter with the King of Birds – Jatayu who was came forward to rescue Goddess Sita.  Unfortunately, the fight between the two ended abruptly, Jatayu’s wings were chopped off. Jatayu could not withstand the fight for long and fallen on the Earth with a thud.  Rama with his younger brother Lakshman was on their mission to rescue Goddess Sita, they arrived on this sacred land and found Jatayu holding his last breath to convey the message to Lord Rama and breathed last, Lord Rama with lots of compassion performed his last rites here.  While performing last rites Lord Rama awfully felt the absence of Goddess Sita.  It is believed that Goddess Sri Bhoodevi appeared on the lotus flower in the temple tank situated here and stood close to Lord Rama, in this way the divine couple performed the last rites for Jatayu.  Hence, Goddess Hemambujavalli Thayar was also known as Potramaraiyal in this temple.  After performing last rites to Jatayu, Lord Rama rested under a Punnai tree – a large evergreen tree in the family of Clusiaceae, with large and long shiny green leaves.

While Lord Rama was exiled from his Kingdom Ayodhya, his father Dasaratha took his last breath due to the unbearable pain of separation from his son.  In order to keep up the promise given to his father, Lord Rama continued to remain in the woodlands; he could not attend or perform the funeral rites of his father.  The episode of Jatayu Moksham is described in Srimad Ramayana as Lord Rama who could not perform the last rites of His father Dasaratha took solace from performing the last rites for Jatayu.   Therefore, this sacred land is known as ‘Pitru Sthalam’, whoever visits this place or pay homage to ancestors would be blessed and relieved from the curses.

Thirumangai Alwar one of the 13 prominent Vaishnavaite saints while passing through this sacred land found a person relaxing under the Punnai tree; Alwar mistook him as a Kshtriya and proceeded without noticing him.  Instantly, he turned back and found Lord Rama in his supreme form with Chathurbujam carrying conch and disc. 

This temple remains open from 7.30AM to 12.30AM in the morning and 4.00PM to 7.30 PM in the evenings.
Contact Person – Sri Gopala Battachariar Swamin – 9443525365
Sri Valvil Ramaswamy Devasthanam Sannidhi St,
Thiru Pullam Boothankudi,
S.O.Swamimalai (Via) -612301.

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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