108 Divya Desams
Vaishnavism is one of the traditions of Hinduism, and is distinguished from other schools by its primary worship of one supreme God known in different perspectives under names of Narayana, Krishna, Vasudeva or more often Vishnu and their associated avatars. It is principally monotheistic in its philosophy, but not exclusive. Its beliefs and practices, especially the concepts of Bhakti and Bhakti Yoga, are based largely on Upanishads associated with the Vedas and Puranic(ancient) texts such as the Bhagavad Gita, and the Padma, Vishnu and Bhagavata Puranas. The followers of Vaishnavism are referred to as Vaishnava(s) or Vaishnavites.
Sridevi Vishnu Bhudevi
According to recent statistics, a majority of Hindus are Vaishnavas, with the vast majority living in India. However, awareness, recognition, and growth of the belief has significantly increased outside of India in recent years. The Gaudiya Vaishnava branch of the tradition has significantly increased the awareness of Vaishnavism internationally, since the mid-1900s, largely through the activities and geographical expansion of the Hare Krishna movement known as ISKCON.
Vaishnavism is practiced and preached by millions in Tamil Nadu alone. Infact it is more prevalent here than any other part of India, thanks to the Alwars (Tamil Vaishnava Scholars; 7th - 14th century AD) who sang in praise of the Lord and helped popularise/build most of the temples that are known today as "Divya Desams". There are 108 Divya Desams in all, of which 106 are on earth and the remaining two are in heaven. The column on the left lists these temples.