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108 Vaishnava Divya Desams
108 Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu revered by the hymns of 12 Alwars)

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Around 1300 years ago, during what is known as the Bhakti movement, the Alwar saint poets of Tamilnadu, sang verses in praise of Vishnu, glorifying the deity enshrined in temples all over India. These verses as well as these temples are still a part of the cultural fabric of the region. 108 of these shrines and mythological abodes are collectively known as the Divya Desam shrines in the Vaishnava tradition.

Out of108
divya desams (Thirupathis,Vishnu Templs) human can worship in 106 divya desams in the earth and the remaining 2 after our demise.
Out of 106 divyadesams which are across the country 84 temples are in Tamilnadu, 12 in
Kerala, 2 in Andhrapradesh and the balance in northern part of the country. They are called by Alwars as Chola nadu,Nadu nadu, Thonda nadu, Pandia nadu,Malai nadu and Vadanadu.
Chola Nadu Thiruppathi(Divya Desam): 40
Chola Nadu consists of Tanjore,Nagapattinam, Trichy, Kumbakonam, Seerkazhi, Chidambaram,Mayavaram.
Nadu Nadu Thirupathi: 2
Cuddalore,Thirukkoilur.
Thonda Nadu Thirupathi: 22
Chennai,Kancheepuram, Sholingar, Mahabalipuram, Thiruneermalai, Thiruninravur, Thiruvallur
Pandia Nadu Thirupathi: 18
Nava thripathi(Srivaikundam), Thirunelveli,Tuticorin,Madurai,
Srivilliputhur.

Mala Nadu Thirupathi:(Kerala): 13
Chengnacheri, Ernakulam, Trivandrum, Thiruvalla comprising of 11 temples. Thiruvanparisaram,Thiruvattaru temples belong to Tamil nadu are in Nagercoil and Marthandam area.
Vada Nadu Thirupathi:11
Ahobilam, Thirumala are in Andhra pradesh.
Pancha Dwaraka in Gujarath.
Badrinath, Devprayag, Nandapryag are in Uthranchal State.
Mathura, Gokulam, Brindavan,Ayodhi, Naimisaranyam are in UP state.
Saligram(Mukthinath) is in Nepal.


108 Vaishnavite Divyadesams - SaranathanThiruparkadal. Thiruvaikundam are the divyadesams can be worshipped after we leave our soul from the earth.




Abodes of Mahavishnu All about the Alwars, the works of the Alwars, historical background, the shrines, their geographical distribution and more. srgold.jpg (37382 bytes)
A Regionwise Index pointing to the divya desam shrines all over India with details on historical background, temple layout, architecture, iconography, festivals etc.
The Ranganathar temple at Srirangam in Tamilnadu is the foremost of the 108 Divya Desams and is a repository of history and art. The Venkateswara temple at Tirumala-Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh is the most visited temple in India. badrinath  The Parthasarathy temple at Tiruvallikkeni is a historic monument coexisting with the hustle and bustle of Chennai.
The Padmanabha swami temple at Tiruvanandapuram in Kerala is a vast temple complex steeped in tradition. Badrinath in the lofty Himalayas was visited by Adi Sankara several
centuries ago. Sri.Varadhar
Dwarka in Gujarat, enshrining Krishna is an integral part of Indian mythology related to Krishna.
The five Krishnaranya shrines of Tamilnadu are Tiruvazhundur, Tirukkannankudi, Kapistalam, Kannapuram and Kannamangai The massive Varadaraja Perumaal temple complex is the foremost of the 14 Divya Desam shrines in Kanchipuram, Tamilnadu.
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Shrines associated with the Pancha Pandavas in Kerala are Chengannur , Tiruppuliyur , Aranmula , Tiruvamundur and Tirukkadittanam
Tiruchherai near Kumbhakonam hosts a spectacular chariot procession in the month of January. Ahobilam in Andhra Pradesh, Sholingur near Chennai are home to ancient hill temples enshrining Narasimhar.

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The Trivikrama avataram of Vishnu is enshrined at Tiruoorakam at Kanchi, Trikakkara in Kerala, Tirukkovalur near Tiruvannamalai, & Sirkazhi near Chidambaram.
Srivilliputtur is the birthplace of Andal, whose hymns are sung through the morning hours of the month of Margazhi in Tamilnadu.
Ayodhya and Mathura are an integral part of Indian mythology and have been revered by the hymns of the Alwars.
The presiding deity at Nachiyaar Koyil near Kumbhakonam in Tamilnadu is taken out in procession on a stone Garuda mount (Kal Garudan). The Koodalazhagar temple within the city and the Kallazhagar temple in the suburbs are the well known Divya Desam shrines in the Madurai area.
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The Tirukkurunkudi temple near Tirunelveli enshrining Azhagiya Nambi is of great sculptural splendour.
SriVaikuntham and Alwar Tirunagari are the foremost of 9 shrines in the Tirunelveli region addressed by the saint Nammalwar in his hymns. Tirukkottiyur near Madurai is closely associated with incidents from the life of Ramanujacharya. At Tiruvattar and Tirupatisaram in Kanyakumari district, worship is carried out as per the Kerala Tantram protocol.


 

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