Wednesday, February 2, 2011

108 DIVYA DESAM TEMPLES OF VISHNU

The Divya desams are 108 temples of Lord VISHNU that are regarded by Hindus as being of special holiness. 106 of them are in India, while 2 are believed to exist in the spiritual realm.

Hindus, especially in South India, hope to visit the 106 divya desams (temples) that are in the Indian subcontinent, and hopefully reach god's feet in the rest 2 of the 108 divya desams, namely Thiruparkadal (The Ocean of Milk, in which God resides) and Thiruparamapadham (at God's holy feet).

Around 2500 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.

The Alwars:   An unbroken lineage of teachers, (the Acharyas) and a wealth of literature in Tamil and in Sanskrit form the backbone of the Sri Vaishnava religion. Twelve saint (poet) devotees - the great Alwars lived their lives dedicated to expressing their devotion to MahaVishnu - considered to be the supreme manifestation of Divinity in the Vaishnava system of beliefs..  These saints composed verses in chaste Tamil, and revitalized the religious spirit of the region, sparking off a renewal of devotional worship in what is generally referred to as the Bhakti movement. The first of the twelve, Peyalwar, Bhootattalwar and Poikaialwar lived in the first half of the first millennium CE.

Geographic distribution:40 of the shrines are located in the fertile Chola kingdom and 22 are in Tondainaadu - around Kanchipuram and Chennai. 2 are in Nadu Naadu (Tiruvahindrapuram and Tirukkovilur) and 18 are in Pandyanaadu. 13 of the shrines are in Malainaadu, of which 11 are in Kerala and 2 are in Kanyakumari district; therefore the total number of Divya Desams in Tamilnadu is 84. 11 Divyadesams are in Vada Naadu, or the northern lands - of which two, Tirupati and Ahobilam are in Andhra Pradesh. 7 of these 11 are in Uttar Pradesh/Uttarakhand (such as Mathura, Ayodhya, and Badrinath etc.). , 1 in Nepal and 1 in Gujarat. Two of the Divyadesams - Ksheerasaagaram and Vaikuntham are celestial abodes.

CHOLA NADU / TRICHY TEMPLES
  1. SRIRANGAM / TIRUVARANGAM / KOVIL - Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
  2. THIRUKKOZHI / URAYOOR, TRICHY -   Sri Azhagiya Manavala Perumal Temple
  3. THIRUKKARAMBANUR / UTTAMAR KOVIL - Sri Purushothaman Perumal Temple
  4. THIRUVELLARAI / SHWETAGIRI / WHITE ROCK - Sri Pundarikaksha Perumal Temple
  5. THIRUANBIL / ANBIL - Sri Vadivazhagiya Nambi Perumal Temple
  6. THIRUPPERNAGAR / KOYILADI / KOVILADI - Sri Appakkudathaan Perumal Temple
  7. TIRUKKANDIYUR / KANDIYOOR - Sri Hara Shapha Vimochana Perumal Temple
  8. THIRUKKUDALUR / SANGAMA KSHETRAM - Sri Aaduthurai Perumal Temple
  9. THIRUKAPISTHALAM / KAPISTHALAM / PAPANASAM - Sri Gajendra Varadha Perumal Temple
  10. THIRUPULLAM BOOTHANKUDI / TYAGASAMUDRAM - Sri Valvil Ramar Perumal Temple
  11. THIRU ADANOOR / BHARGAVA KSHETRAM - Sri Aandu Alakkum Ayan Perumal Temple
  12. THIRUKKUNDANDHAI / KUMBAKONAM TOWN - Sri Sarangapani Perumal Temple
  13. THIRU VINNAGARAM / TIRUNAGESWARAM - Sri Oppiliappan Perumal Temple
  14. THIRU NARAYUR / NACHIYAR KOVIL - Sri Thirunarayoor Nambi Perumal Temple
  15. THIRU CHERAI / UDAIYAR KOVIL - Sri Saranathan Perumal Temple
  16. THIRU KANNAMANGAI / KRISHNA MANGALA KSHETRAM - Sri Bhaktavatsala Perumal Temple
  17. THIRU KANNAPURAM / NANNILAM - Sri Neelamega Perumal Temple
  18. THIRU KANNANKUDI - Sri Loganatha Perumal Temple
  19. THIRU NAAGAI - Sri Neelamega Perumal Temple, Nagapattinam
  20. THIRU THANJAI MAAMANI KOVIL - Sri Neelamega Perumal Temple, Tanjore
  21. THIRU NANDIPURA VINNAGARAM / NAADAN KOVIL - Sri Jaganatha Perumal Temple
  22. THIRU VELLIYANKUDI / BHARGAVAPURAM - Sri Kolavilli (Kolavalvilli) Ramar Perumal Temple
  23. THIRU VAZHUNDUR / AAMARUVIYAPPAN TEMPLE - Sri Devaadi Raja Perumal Temple
  24. THIRU SIRUPULIYUR / KOLLUMANGUDI - Sri Arulmaakadal Perumal Temple
  25. THIRU THALAICHANGA NANMADHIYAM - Sri Naan Madhiya Perumal Temple
  26. THIRUVINDALUR / THIRU INDALOOR - Sri Parimala Ranganatha Perumal Temple
  27. THIRU KAVALAMPADI / THIRUNANGUR - Sri Gopala Krishna Perumal Temple, Seergazhi
  28. THIRU KAZHISEERAMA VINNAGARAM - Sri Trivikrama Perumal Temple, Sirgazhi
  29. THIRU ARIMEYA VINNAGARAM - Sri Kuda Maadu Koothan Perumal Temple
  30. THIRU VANN PURUSHOTTAMAM - Sri Purushothama Perumal Temple
  31. THIRU SEM PON SEI - Sri Per Arulaalan Perumal Temple
  32. THIRU MANIMAADA KOVIL - Sri Narayana Perumal Temple
  33. THIRU VAIKUNTHA VINNAGARAM - Sri Vaikunta Nathan Perumal Temple
  34. THIRUVAALI & THIRUNAGARI - Sri Lakshmi Narashima Perumal Temple
  35. THIRU DEVANAR THOGAI - Sri Deiva Naayaga Perumal Temple
  36. THIRU THETRI AAMBALAM - Sri Senkanmaal Ranganatha Perumal Temple
  37. THIRU MANI KOODAM - Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple
  38. THIRU VELLAKKULAM / ANNAN KOVIL - Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple
  39. THIRU PAARTHAN PALLI - Sri Thamaraiyal Kelvan Perumal Temple
  40. THIRU CHITRAKOOTAM - Sri Govindaraja Perumal Temple, Chidambaram
NADU NADU / CUDDALORE / T’ V MALAI TEMPLES
  1. THIRU VAHINDRAPURAM / THIRUVAYINDHAI - Sri Deyva Nayaga Perumal Temple
  2. THIRU KOVILOOR - Sri Trivikrama Perumal Temple
TONDAI NADU / KANCHI / CHENNAI TEMPLES
  1. THIRU KACHCHI / THIRU KANCHI - Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Kanchi
  2. THIRU ASHTABUJAM / ASHTABUYAGARAM - Sri Adikesava Perumal Temple, Kanchi
  3. THIRUTHANKA / THOOPUL - Sri Deepa Prakasha Perumal Temple, Kanchi
  4. THIRU VELUKKAI - Sri Azhagiya Singar Perumal Temple, Kanchi
  5. THIRU NEERAGAM / NEERAGATHAAN - Sri Jagadeeshwarar Temple, Kanchi
  6. THIRU PAADAKAM - Sri Pandava Dhoothar Temple, Kanchi
  7. THIRU NILATHINGAL THUNDAM - Sri Nilathingal Thundathan Temple, Kanchi
  8. THIRU OORAGAM / OORAGATHAAN - Sri Ulagalantha Perumal Temple, Kanchi
  9. THIRU VEKKA - Sri Yathothakaari Perumal Temple, Kanchi
  10. THIRU KAARAGAM - Sri Karunakara Perumal Temple, Kanchi
  11. THIRU KAAR VAANAM - Sri Thirukkaar Vaanar Temple, Kanchi
  12. THIRU KALVANOOR - Sri Adi Varaha Perumal Temple, Kanchi
  13. THIRU PAVALA VANNAM - Sri Pavala Vannar Temple, Kanchi
  14. THIRU PARAMESHWARA VINNAGARAM - Sri Vaikunta Perumal Temple, Kanchi
  15. THIRU PUTKUZHI / JATAYU KSHETRAM - Sri Vijayaraghava Perumal Temple
  16. THIRU NINDRAVOOR / TINNIYUR / THINNANUR - Sri Bhatavatsala Perumal Temple, Thinnanoor
  17. THIRU EVVULUR / THIRUVALLORE - Sri Veeraraghava Perumal Temple, Tiruvallore
  18. THIRU VELLIKENI / TRIPLICANE - Sri Parthasarathy Temple, Chennai
  19. THIRU NEER MALAI / PALLAVARAM - Sri Neer Vanna Perumal Temple, Chennai
  20. THIRU VIDANTHAI / THIRU IDA VENTHAI - Sri NithyaKalyana Perumal Temple, Mahabalipuram
  21. THIRU KADAL MALAI - Sri StalaSayana Perumal Temple, Mahabalipuram
  22. THIRU KADIGAI / SHOLINGUR - Sri Yoga Narasimha Swamy Temple
VADA NADU / REST OF INDIA TEMPLES
  1. THIRUVAYODHI / AYODHYA - Sri Ram Temple, Ayodhya, UP
  2. THIRU NAIMISARANYAM - Sri Devaraja Perumal Temple
  3. THIRUPPIRUDHI / JOSHIMATH - Sri Paramapurusha Perumal Temple, Joshimutt
  4. THIRUKKANDAM / DEVAPRAYAG / KADINAGAR - Sri Neelamega Perumal Temple, Devaprayag
  5. THIRUVADARI ASHRAMAM / BADRINATH - Sri Badri Narayana Perumal Temple
  6. THIRU SALIGRAMAM / MUKTINATH, NEPAL - Sri Moorthy Perumal Temple
  7. THIRU VADAMADURAI / MATHURA - Sri Govardhana Perumal Temple, Brindavan
  8. THIRU VAAIPADI / AAYARPADI / GOKULAM - Sri Navamohana Krishna Perumal Temple
  9. THIRU DRAWARAKAI / DWARAKA - Sri Kalyana Narayana Perumal Temple
  10. THIRU SINGAVEL KUNDRAM / AHOBILAM - Sri Nava Narasimhar Temple, Ahobilam
  11. THIRUVENGADAM / TTD / TIRUMALA / TIRUPATI - Sri Venkateswara Swamivaru Temple / Srivari Temple
MALAI NADU / KERALA TEMPLES
  1. THIRU NAAVAI - Sri Naavai Mukunda Perumal Temple
  2. THIRU VITHUVAKODU / TIRUVIJIKODE / ANJUMURTHY KOIL - Sri Uyyavandha Perumal Temple
  3. THIRU KAATKARAI / TRIKAKKARA - Sri Kaatkarai Appa Perumal Temple
  4. THIRU MOOZHIKKALAM - Sri Moozhikkalathaan Perumal Temple
  5. THIRUVALLAVAAZH / TIRUVALLA - Sri Kolapira Vallaba Perumal Temple
  6. THIRU KADITHAANAM - SAHADEVA TEMPLE - Sri Athpudha/Amrita Narayana Perumal Temple
  7. THIRU CHENGKUNDROOR / CHENGANOOR - YUDHISHTIRA TEMPLE - Sri Imayavarappa Perumal Temple
  8. THIRU PULIYOOR / KUTTANAAD - BHIMA TEMPLE - Sri Maayapiran Perumal Temple
  9. THIRU VAARAN VILAI / ARANMULA - ARJUNA TEMPLE - Sri Kuralappan / Parthasarathy Perumal Temple
  10. THIRU VANVANDUR / TIRUVAMUNDUR - NAKULA TEMPLE - Sri Pambanaiapan/Kamalanathan Perumal Temple
  11. THIRUVANANTHAPURAM / TRIVANDRUM - Sri Anantha Padmanabhaswamy Temple
PANDYA NADU / SOUTH TAMILNADU TEMPLES
  1. THIRU VATTAARU / THODUVETTI / KUZHITTURAI - Sri Adikesava Perumal Temple
  2. THIRU VANNAPARISAARAM / TIRUPATISAARAM - Sri Kuralappa Venkatachalapati Perumal Temple
  3. THIRUKKURUNGUDI / TIRUKARANGUDI - Sri Nindra/Azhagiya Nambi Perumal Temple
  4. THIRU CHERIVARAMANGAI / VANAMAAMALAI - Sri Thothatrinatha Perumal Temple, Nanguneri
  5. THIRU VAIKUNTAM / SRIVAIKUNTAM - NAVA TIRUPATI - 1 - Sri Vaikuntanatha Perumal Temple
  6. THIRU VARAGUNAMANGAI / NATHTHAM - NAVA TIRUPATI - 2 - Sri Vijayaasana Perumal Temple
  7. THIRU PULINGUDI / PULINKUDI - NAVA TIPUPATI – 3 - Sri Kaaisina Vendha Perumal Temple
  8. THIRU TOLAIVILLIMANGALAM / RETTA TIRUPATI - NAVA TIRUPATI – 4 & 5 - Sri Aravindha Lochana Srinivasa Perumal Temple
  9. THIRU KULANDAI / PERUNKULAM - NAVA TIRUPATI – 6 - Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple
  10. THIRU KOLOOR - NAVA TIRUPATI – 7 - Sri Vaitha Maanitha Perumal Temple
  11. THIRU PERAI / THEN TIRU PERAI - NAVA TIRUPATI – 8 - Sri Magara Nedungkuzhai Kadar Perumal Temple
  12. THIRU KURUGUR / AZHWAR TIRUNAGARI - NAVA TIRUPATI – 9 - Sri Aadhinatha Perumal Temple
  13. THIRUVILLIPUTTUR / SRIVILLIPUTTUR - Sri Andal Vatapatrasayee Perumal Temple
  14. THIRU THANKAAL - Sri Nindra Narayana Perumal Temple
  15. THIRU KOODAL - Sri Koodal Azhagar Perumal Temple, Madurai
  16. THIRU MAALIRUNSOLAI / AZHAGAR MALAI - Sri Kallazhagar Perumal Temple, Madurai
  17. THIRU MOGOOR - Sri Kaalamegha Perumal Temple
  18. THIRU KOTIYOOR - Sri Uraga Mellanayaan Perumal Temple
  19. THIRU PULLANI - Sri Kalyana Jagannatha Perumal Temple
  20. THIRU MAYAM - Sri Sathyagiri Natha Perumal Temple
VINNULAGAM / CELESTIAL ABODES
  1. THIRU PAAL KADAL / KSHEERA SAGARAM - Sri Ksheerapthi Nathan
  2. THIRU PARAMAPAADHAM / VAIKUNTAM - Sri Paramapadha Nathan
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108 Divya Desam Temples of Lord Vishnu

Divya Desams in Central Tamil Nadu!


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Divya Desams in Kerala & S. Tamil Nadu!



  
Divya Desams Uttar Pradesh



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4 comments:

ramarao said...

Excellent information you have given to the people who wish to see the 108 temples.Thank you very much for this information.I personally circulate this site address and visit all the temples.Very good and clear guidance for the devotees. Thank you once again.

Mrs.Ramarao said...

Great information. It is my dream to visit these temples. Thanks a ton. Distances and how to reach there also would help everyone. Thanks again.

jeevithaa said...

Thank you so much for the information
My wishes for you that lord vihnu blesses you

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