Divya Desams

Om Namo Narayanaya. Vaishnavism demystified.

108 Divya Desams

1.Srirangam (Arangam,Thiruvarangam,Koyil)
2.Thirukkozhi (Uraiyuur, Nikalaapuri, Uranthai)
3.Thirukkarambanur (Uththamar koil)
4.Thiru vellaRai
5.Anbil
6.Thirupper nagar (Koviladi, Appakkudaththan)
7.Thirukkandiyur
8.Thirukkodalur (Aaduthurai)
9.Kabisthalam
10.Pullambuthangkudi
11.Adhanur
12.Kumbakonam (Thirukkudhanthai)
13.Oppli appan koil (Vinnagar)
14.Naachchiyaar koil (Thirunaraiyur)
15.Thiruchcherai
16.Thirukkannamangai
17.Thirukkannapuram
18.Thirukkannangkudi
19.Nagaippattinam (Thiru nagai)
20.Thanjai MaamaNik koil (Tanjore)
21.Thiru nandhi pura vinnagaram
22.VeLLiyangkudi
23.Therazhunthur
24.SiRu puliyur             
25.Thalaichchangkadu (Thiru thalaich changa naaN madhiyam)
26.IndhaLur
27.KaavaLam paadi
28.Seerkaazhi (Thiru kaazhich cheerama vinnagaram)
29.Arimeya vinnagaram
30.Van purushoththamam
31.Thiru semponsey koil
32.Thiru mani maadak koil
33.Vaikundha vinnagaram
34.Thiru vaali Thiru nagari
35.Thiru Thevanaar thogai
36.Thiru therriyambalam
37.Thiru manik koodam
38.Annan koil (thiru vellakkulam)
39.Parththan palli
40.Chidambaram (Thiru chithirak koodam) 
41.Thiruvahendrapuram (Ayindhai)  
42.Thirukkovalur
43.Kachchi,Aththigiri(Kanchipuram)
44.Ashtapuyakaram(Kanchi) 
45.Thiruththankaa   
46.ThiruvElukkai
47.Thiru neerakam
48.Thiruppadakam
49.Thiru nilaath thungal thundam
50.Thiru urakam
51.Thiru veqkaa
52.Thirukkarakam
53.Thirukkaarvaanam
54.Thirukkalvanur
55.Thiruppavala vannan
56.Thirupparamesvara vinnagaram
57.Thirupputkuzhi
58.Thiru ninravur    
59.Thiruvallur          
60.Thiruvallikkeni (Triplicane Parthasarathy Temple)
61.Thiruneermalai
62.Thiru ida vendhai (Thiruvidanthai)
63.Thirukkadal Mallai (Maamalla puram)
64.Sholingur
65.AyOdhdhi
66.NaimicharaNyam
67.Thiruppiruthi ( Jhoshi mutt,Nanda prayag)
68.Thirukkandam Kadinagar (Deva prayag)
69.Badrinath (vadhari)
70.SaaLaggraamam (Nepal)
71.Mathura (Vada Madurai)
72.Ayppadi (Gokulam)
73.Dwaraka (Thuvari,Thuvarapathi)
74.Ahobilam (SingaveL Kundram) 
75.Thiru Vengadam (Tirupati,Tirumala)
76.Thiru naavaay
77.Thiru viththuvakkodu
78.Thiruk kaatkarai
79.Thiru muzhikkaLam
80.Thiru vallavaazh
81.Thiruk kadiththaanam
82.Thiruch chengkunranur
83.Thiruppuliyur
84.Thiruvaaran viLai
85.Thiru vaan vandur
86.Thiru anandha puram
87.ThiruvattaRu
88.Thiru van paricharam
89.Thiruk kurngkudi
90.Vanamaamalai
91.Sri Vaikundam
92.Varaguna Mangai
93.ThiruppuLingkudi
94.Thiruththolaivilli Mangalam
95.Thirukkulandhai
96.ThirukkoLur
97.Then ThiruppErai  
98.Azhvar Thirunagari (Thirukkurugur)
99.Srivillipuththur
100.Thiruththankaal
101.Thirukkudal
102.Thirumaalirum solai
103.Thirumokur
104.Thirukkoshtiyur
105.ThiruppullaaNi
106.Thirumeyyam
107.Thiruppaarkadal
108.Thirupparamapadham

     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. 

Vaishnava Namam - As depicted in South Indian Temples

     My interest in Vaishnavism started off as casual curiosity. I was watching a documentary on the Discovery Channel about the south Indian temple architecture and the impact of Tamil culture on world civilization. A few days later, I visited the temple at Thiru Ida Venthai with mom. It is only a few hundred metres away from ECR, Kovalam, near Chennai. The very moment I saw it, I fell in love with the temple. The temple looked like it had remained there, unchanged for thousands of years. I found out that it indeed was a very old temple (about one thousand three hundred years or more). It is the home of Lord Vishnu in his Avatar as Nithya Kalyana Perumal. I found out from people at the temple that it is one of the 108 Divya Desams sung by the Alwars and that the great temples at Srirangam and Thirupathi belong to this group. I set out on a journey to visit each one of these Divya Desams before I die.

With each Divyadesam I visit, I post a travelogue on the trip. Directions to the temple s shall be given in detail as well.

 

Thiruvarangam - (Srirangam, Tamil Nadu)

 


Tirumala/Thirupathi - (Andhra Pradesh - 150 KMS from Chennai)



Thiru Ida Vendhai - Sri Nithya Kalyana Perumal (near Kovalam, Chennai)


 

Thirukkadigai - Sri Yoga Narasimha Swamy (Sholingur, near Arakkonam)

 


Thiruneermalai - Sri Neervanna Perumal (near Pallavaram, Chennai)


 Thirupputkuzhi - Sri Vijaya Raghava Perumal (60 KMs from Chennai on NH4)

Thiru Vellarai