Divya Desam

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A depiction of Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi mounting on Garuda

A Divya Desam or Vaishnava Divya Desam[1] is one of the 108 Vishnu temples that are mentioned in the works of the Alvars (saints). ”Divya” means “premium” and “Desam” indicates “place” (temple).[2] Of the 108 temples, 105 are in India, one is in Nepal, and last two are believed to be outside the Earthly realms. In India, they are spread over states of Tamil Nadu (85), Kerala (11), Andhra Pradesh (2), Gujarat (1), Uttar Pradesh (4), Uttarakhand (3). Muktinath, Saligramam is the only Divya Desam in Nepal. The last two are Thirupalkadal and Paramapadam. Tirupalkaddal is the ocean of milk and paramapadam is the Vaikuntha where Lord Vishnu presides. The Divya Desams are revered by the 12 Alvars in the Divya Prabandha, a collection of 4,000 Tamil verses. Divya Desams follow Thenkalai or Vadakalai modes of worship.[3]

Etymology[edit]

In Divya desam, Divya means "premium" or "divine" and Desam indicates "place" (temple).[citation needed]

Alvars and Divyaprabhanda[edit]

Image of Rangamannar-Andal temple in Srivilliputhur showing the pyramidal temple tower
Image of Rangamannar-Andal temple in Srivilliputhur

The word azhwar in Tamil, means one who immerses oneself into the ocean of the countless attributes of god. Azhwars are considered the twelve supreme devotees of Vishnu, who were instrumental in popularising Vaishnavism during the 5th-8th centuries AD. The religious works of these saints in Tamil, songs of love and devotion, are compiled as Nalayira Divya Prabandham containing 4000 verses and the 108 temples revered in their songs are classified as Divya desam.[4][5] The saints had different origins and belonged to different castes. As per tradition, the first three azhwars(mudhal azhwargal ), Poigai, Bhutha and Pey were said to be born out of divinity. According to tradition, Tirumazhisai was the son of a sage, Thondaradi, Mathurakavi, Peria and Andal were from brahmin community, Kulasekhara from Kshatria community, Namm was from a cultivator family, Tirupana from panar community and Tirumangai from kalvar community.

Divya Suri Saritra by Garuda-Vahana Pandita (11th century AD), Guruparamparaprabhavam by Pinbaragiya Perumal Jeeyar, Periya tiru mudi adaivu by Anbillai Kandadiappan, Yatindra Pranava Prabavam by Pillai Lokacharya, commentaries on Divya Prabandam, Guru Parampara (lineage of Gurus) texts, temple records and inscriptions give a detailed account of the azhwars and their works. According to these texts, the saints were considered incarnations of some form of Vishnu. Poigai is considered an incarnation of Panchajanya (Krishna's conch), Bhoothath of Kaumodakee (Vishnu's Mace/Club), Pey of Nandaka (Vishnu's sword), Thirumalisai of Sudarshanam (Vishnu's discus), Namm of Vishvaksena (Vishnu's commander), Madhurakavi of Vainatheya (Vishnu's eagle, Garuda), Kulasekhara of Kaustubha (Vishnu's necklace), Periy of Garuda (Vishnu's eagle), Andal of Bhoodevi (Vishnu's wife, Lakshmi, in her form as Bhudevi), Thondaradippodi of Vanamaalai (Vishnu's garland), Thiruppaan of Srivatsa[6] (An auspicious mark on Vishnu's chest) and Thirumangai of Sarangam (Krishna's bow). The songs of Prabandam are regularly sung in all the Vishnu temples of South India daily and also during festivals.[5][7]

Significance of Divya Desams[edit]

In Hindu texts,Srirangam is referred to as Bhooloka Vaikuntam, which in Sanskrit means Vaikuntam on earth.[8] Each of the Divya desam has its own significance related to Shri Vaishnava Mythology. Each of these Temples had separate shrines for MahaVishnu and MahaLakshmi[1]



List of Divya Desams[edit]

The 106 earthly Divya Desam temples are spread over the Indian states of Tamil Nadu (85), Kerala (11), Uttar Pradesh (4), Uttarakhand (3), Andhra Pradesh (2) and Gujarat (1),. The last two are believed to be outside earthly realms.

S.No. Name of the temple Location Photo Presiding deity Notes/Beliefs
1 Ranganathaswamy

Koil

Srirangam, Trichy district
Tamil Nadu
10°51′45″N 78°41′23″E / 10.8625°N 78.689722°E / 10.8625; 78.689722
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Sri Ranganayaki sametha Sri Ranganatha Perumal Srirangam temple is often listed as the largest functioning Hindu temple in the world, the still larger Angkor Wat being the largest existing temple. The temple occupies an area of 156 acres (631,000 m²) with a perimeter of 4,116m (10,710 feet) making it the largest temple in India and one of the largest religious complexes in the world.[9][10] The annual 21 day festival conducted during the Tamil month of Margazhi (December–January) attracts 1 million visitors.[11]
2 Thirukozhi Uraiyur, Trichy district
Tamil Nadu
10°49′N 78°40′E / 10.82°N 78.67°E / 10.82; 78.67
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Sri Kamalavalli sametha
Sri Azhagiya Manavala Perumal
The temple locally called Nachiyar Koil and is one of the few Divyadesams where the goddess has prominence over Vishnu.[12][13]The temple is the birthplace of Thiruppaan Alvar, one of the twelve Azhwar saints belonging to the 6th-8th centuries. In Srirangam, the yearly birth festival of Tirupannazhwar is celebrated with Viswaroopa darshan of Ranganatha at the sanctum on the occasion of his birthday. The festive idol of Tiupannazhwar is taken from the temple to Srirangam.[14]
3 Thirukkarambanoor Uthamarkoil, Tiruchirappalli district
Tamil Nadu
10°29′N 78°49′E / 10.49°N 78.81°E / 10.49; 78.81
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Sri Purushottama Nayaki sametha Sri Purushottama Perumal The temple is only a few of the temples that are dedicated to the Hindu god Trimurti (trinity) namely Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma. As per Hindu legend, the temple is believed to have been constructed by Janakar, the king of Janakapuri and the father of Sita from the epic Ramayana. Thirumangai Azhwar is believed to have resided in the temple to build the surrounding walls of the Srirangam Ranganathaswamy temple.[15]
4 Pundarikakshan Perumal Koil Thiruvellarai, Trichy district
Tamil Nadu
10°58′N 78°40′E / 10.96°N 78.67°E / 10.96; 78.67
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Sri Pankaja Nayaki sametha
Sri Pundarikaksha Perumal
Pundarikakshan Perumal temple is believed to have been built by the Pallava king Dantivarman (796–847 AD).[16][17]A swastika-shaped temple tank built during 800 AD is present in the south-western corner of the street around the temple. It has four stepped gateways, each having 51 steps. The tank is believed to have been built by Kamban Araiyan during the reign of Dantivarman. In modern times, it is maintained by the Department of Archaeology of the Government of Tamil Nadu. The temple complex covers an area of 2.62 ha (6.5 acres), while the tank covers an area of 0.1256 ha (0.310 acres).[18][19]The chariot festival is unique in the state as a community feast is offered by several individuals and committees, a custom many centuries old.[20][21]
5 Vadivazhagiya Nambi Perumal Koil Anbil, Trichy district
Tamil Nadu
10°52′04″N 78°52′56″E / 10.867735°N 78.882171°E / 10.867735; 78.882171
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Sri Saundaryavalli sametha Sri Sundararaja Perumal King Sundara Chola who ruled the area was a devotee of the temple and during each of his innumerable victories in wars, he showered a lot of wealth on this temple. His prime minister Anirudha Brahmarayar is believed to be from Anbil, the village where the temple is located. The copper plates having the records from the Chola period from Anbil indicate generous contribution from the Medieval Cholas indicate various gifts to the temple.[22][23]
6 Appakkudathaan Perumal Koil Koviladi, Trichy district
Tamil Nadu
10°50′22″N 78°53′21″E / 10.839307°N 78.889073°E / 10.839307; 78.889073
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Sri Indravalli sametha Sri Appakudatthan Perumal The temple has inscriptions from the 18th year of the reign of Aditya Chola.[24][25] The temple is one of the five Pancharanga Kshetrams, a group of five Hindu temples on the banks of the Kaveri River dedicated to Ranganatha, a form of Vishnu.[26][27]
7 Hara Saabha Vimocchana Perumal Temple Kandiyur, Thanjavur district
Tamil Nadu
10°51′37″N 79°06′32″E / 10.860255°N 79.108891°E / 10.860255; 79.108891
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Sri Kamalavalli sametha
Sri Hara Saabha Vimochana Perumal
Since Vishnu relieved (vimochana) the curse (saabha) of Shiva (also called Hara), the temple is called Hara Saabha Vimochana Temple.[28]
8 Thirukoodalur Aduthurai, Thanjavur district,
Tamil Nadu
10°55′31″N 79°12′13″E / 10.925152°N 79.203532°E / 10.925152; 79.203532
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Sri Padmasani sametha Sri Jagathrakshaga Perumal Kaveri wanted to cleanse herself and approached Hindu god Brahma. She is believed to have worshipped Vishnu at this place and got relieved. A parrot which was devoted to Vishnu was shot down in the nearby forest. Vishnu rescued the parrot and appeased him of him previous birth. Thus it is believed that Vishnu descends here for all forms of life. Vishnu is also believed to have appeared for sage Nandaka.[29]
9 Thirukavithalam Kabisthalam
, Thanjavur district,
Tamil Nadu
10°56′49″N 79°15′23″E / 10.946890°N 79.256512°E / 10.946890; 79.256512
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Sri Ramamanivalli sametha Sri Gajendravarada Perumal Gajendra Varadha is believed to have appeared to Gajendra the elephant also called Indrajumnan, the crocodile called Huhu, Sage Parasara and Sri Anjaneya.[30] The temple is one of the Panchakanna (Krishnaranya) Kshetrams, the five holy temples associated with Krishna, an avatar of Vishnu.[31][32]
10 Thiruppullamboothangudi Pullabhoothangudi
, Thanjavur district,
Tamil Nadu
10°58′18″N 79°18′12″E / 10.971596°N 79.303415°E / 10.971596; 79.303415
Pullabhoothangudi (11).jpg
Sri Hemambujavalli sametha Sri Rama Perumal
11 Thiruaadhanur Adanur,
Thanjavur district,
Tamil Nadu
10°58′35″N 79°18′48″E / 10.976470°N 79.313454°E / 10.976470; 79.313454
Adhanur perumal.jpg
Sri Ranganayaki Thayar sametha Sri Andalukkum Aiyyan Perumal
12 Thirukudanthai Kumbakonam, Thanjavur district,
Tamil Nadu
10°57′35″N 79°22′30″E / 10.959649°N 79.374999°E / 10.959649; 79.374999
Gopuras in Kumbakonam - India.JPG
Sri Komalavalli sametha Sri Aravamuda Perumal
13 Thiruvinnagar Tirunageswaram, Thanjavur district,
Tamil Nadu
10°57′42″N 79°25′55″E / 10.961570°N 79.432080°E / 10.961570; 79.432080
Uppiliappan koil3.JPG
Sri Bhumidevi sametha Sri Uppiliappan Perumal
14 Thirunaraiyur Nachiyar Kovil, Thiruvarur district,
Tamil Nadu
10°54′57″N 79°26′44″E / 10.915844°N 79.445554°E / 10.915844; 79.445554
Nachiyar Kovil (13).jpg
Sri Vanchulavalli sametha Sri Srinivasa Perumal
15 Thirucherai Tirucherai, Thiruvarur district,
Tamil Nadu
10°52′45″N 79°27′16″E / 10.879135°N 79.454402°E / 10.879135; 79.454402
Thirucherai (9).jpg
Sri Saranayaki sametha Sri Saranatha Perumal
16 Thirunandhipura Vinnagaram Nathan Kovil,
Thiruvarur district,
Tamil Nadu
10°55′19″N 79°22′20″E / 10.922075°N 79.372192°E / 10.922075; 79.372192
Natankovil1.jpg
Sri Shenbagavalli sametha Sri Jagannatha Perumal
17 Thiruvelliyangudi Thiruvelliyangudi,
Nagapattinam district,
Tamil Nadu
11°03′24″N 79°26′35″E / 11.056687°N 79.443095°E / 11.056687; 79.443095
Velliyangudi temple.jpg
Sri Maragadhavalli sametha Sri Kolavilli Rama Perumal
18 Thirukannamangai Thirukannamangai,
Nagapattinam district,
Tamil Nadu
10°47′58″N 79°35′12″E / 10.799552°N 79.586645°E / 10.799552; 79.586645
Thirukannamangai2.JPG
Sri Abishekavalli sametha Sri Bhaktavatsala Perumal The temple is one of the Panchakanna (Krishnaranya) Kshetrams, the five holy temples associated with Krishna, an avatar of Vishnu.[31][32]
19 Thirukannapuram Tirukannapuram,
Nagapattinam district,
Tamil Nadu
10°52′07″N 79°42′15″E / 10.868499°N 79.704266°E / 10.868499; 79.704266
Tirukannapuram9.JPG
Sri Kannapura Nayaki sametha Sri Sowriraja Perumal The Lord here, has real silky hair that grows. Legend has it that he grew the hair to safeguard his devotee's words, that the idol in the temple has hair. The temple is one of the Panchakanna (Krishnaranya) Kshetrams, the five holy temples associated with Krishna, an avatar of Vishnu.[31][32]
20 Thirukannangudi Tirukannankudi,
Nagapattinam district,
Tamil Nadu
10°45′26″N 79°45′48″E / 10.757222°N 79.763290°E / 10.757222; 79.763290
Sri Loganayaki sametha Sri Lokanatha Perumal The temple is one of the Panchakanna (Krishnaranya) Kshetrams, the five holy temples associated with Krishna, an avatar of Vishnu.[31][32]
21 Thirunagai Nagapattinam,
Nagapattinam district,
Tamil Nadu
10°45′35″N 79°50′37″E / 10.759830°N 79.843706°E / 10.759830; 79.843706
Thirunagai8.JPG
Sri Saundaryavalli sametha Sri Sundararaja Perumal
22 Thiruthanjai Mamanikoil Thanjavur,
Thanjavur district,
Tamil Nadu
10°48′56″N 79°08′19″E / 10.815669°N 79.138677°E / 10.815669; 79.138677
Sri Raktapankajavalli
sametha Sri Neelamegha Perumal
Manikundram Thanjavur,
Thanjavur district,
Tamil Nadu
10°49′01″N 79°08′14″E / 10.816923°N 79.137229°E / 10.816923; 79.137229
Sri Ambujavalli sametha Sri Maniparvata Perumal
Thanjaiyali Nagar Thanjavur,
Thanjavur district,
Tamil Nadu
10°48′58″N 79°08′21″E / 10.816022°N 79.139155°E / 10.816022; 79.139155
Sri Thanjanayaki sametha Sri Narasimha Perumal
23 Thiruvazhundur Theranzhdur,
Nagapattinam district,
Tamil Nadu
11°02′48″N 79°34′46″E / 11.046532°N 79.579468°E / 11.046532; 79.579468
Therazhunthur 3.jpg
Sri Senkamalavalli sametha Sri
Devadiraja Perumal
24 Thiruchirupuliyur Thirusirupuliyur,
Nagapattinam district,
Tamil Nadu
10°59′28″N 79°40′10″E / 10.991202°N 79.669440°E / 10.991202; 79.669440
Tiruchirupuliur4.jpg
Sri Dayanayaki sametha Sri Krupasamudra Perumal
25 Thiruthalaichanga Nanmadiyam Thalachangadu,
Nagapattinam district,
Tamil Nadu
11°07′47″N 79°47′07″E / 11.129789°N 79.785252°E / 11.129789; 79.785252
Thalachanga Nanmathiyam (6).jpg
Sri Thalaichanga Nachiyar sametha Sri Chandrasaabahara Perumal
26 Thiruindalur Indalur,
Nagapattinam district,
Tamil Nadu
11°06′35″N 79°38′46″E / 11.109733°N 79.646232°E / 11.109733; 79.646232
Indaloor1.jpg
Sri Parimala Ranganayaki sametha Sri
Parimala Ranganatha Perumal
27 Thirukazhicheerama Vinnagaram Sirkazhi,
Nagapattinam district,
Tamil Nadu
11°04′29″N 79°43′54″E / 11.07479°N 79.731704°E / 11.07479; 79.731704
Thadalankoil (10).jpg
Sri Lokanayaki sametha Sri Trivikrama Perumal
28 Thirukkavalambadi Thirunangur,
Nagapattinam district,
Tamil Nadu
11°10′37″N 79°46′57″E / 11.1769°N 79.7824°E / 11.1769; 79.7824
Thirukavalambadi2.jpg
Sri Senkamala Nachiyar sametha Sri Gopala Krishna Perumal
29 Thiruarimeya Vinnagaram Thirunangur,
Nagapattinam district,
Tamil Nadu
11°10′40″N 79°46′53″E / 11.17768°N 79.78152°E / 11.17768; 79.78152
Arimeya Vinnagaram - Kuamadukoothan5.jpg
Amrudhagadavalli
Gadakeli Narthanaya Perumal
30 Thiruvanpurushothamam Thirunangur,
Nagapattinam district,
Tamil Nadu
11°10′44″N 79°46′36″E / 11.178783°N 79.776690°E / 11.178783; 79.776690
Thrivuanpurushotam2.jpg
Sri Purushotthama Nayaki sametha Sri
Purushottama Perumal
31 Thirusemponsaikoil Thirunangur,
Nagapattinam district,
Tamil Nadu
11°10′42″N 79°46′47″E / 11.178446°N 79.779651°E / 11.178446; 79.779651
Thiruchsemponsey2.jpg
Sweda Pushpavalli
Hemaranganatha Perumal
32 Thirumanimadakoil Thirunangur,
Nagapattinam district,
Tamil Nadu
11°10′26″N 79°46′37″E / 11.173971°N 79.776872°E / 11.173971; 79.776872
Narayana Perumal5.jpg
Pundareegavalli
Sashvatha Deepaya Narayana Perumal
33 Thiruvaikunta Vinnagaram Thirunangur,
Nagapattinam district,
Tamil Nadu
11°10′47″N 79°46′42″E / 11.179804°N 79.778267°E / 11.179804; 79.778267
Vaikunda vinnagaram 2.jpg
Sri Vaikundavalli sametha Sri Vaikundanatha Perumal
34 Thiruthetriambalam Thirunangur,
Nagapattinam district,
Tamil Nadu
11°10′23″N 79°47′42″E / 11.17302°N 79.7951°E / 11.17302; 79.7951
Pallikonda Perumal - Thiruthetriambalam3.jpg
Rakthapankajavalli
Lakshmiranga Perumal
35 Thirumanikoodam Thirunangur,
Nagapattinam district,
Tamil Nadu
11°10′39″N 79°46′40″E / 11.177415°N 79.777838°E / 11.177415; 79.777838
Thirumanikoodam4.jpg
Boonayagi
Varadharaja Perumal
36 Thiruparthanpalli Parthanpalli, Nagapattinam district,
Tamil Nadu
11°10′12″N 79°47′51″E / 11.169952°N 79.797515°E / 11.169952; 79.797515
Thiruparthanpalli1.jpg
Kamala
Parthasarathi Perumal
37 Thiruvali Thiruvali, Nagapattinam district,
Tamil Nadu
11°12′11″N 79°46′28″E / 11.202979°N 79.774538°E / 11.202979; 79.774538
Thiruvali4.jpg
Amrudhagadavalli
Kedarapathivaraya Perumal
Thirunagari Thirunagari, Nagapattinam district,
Tamil Nadu
11°13′35″N 79°48′01″E / 11.226354°N 79.800335°E / 11.226354; 79.800335
Thirunagari1.jpg
Amurdha Valli

Sri Devaraja Perumal

38 Thiruthevanarthogai Thirunangur, Nagapattinam district,
Tamil Nadu
11°11′49″N 79°46′32″E / 11.196842°N 79.775504°E / 11.196842; 79.775504
Thiruthevanarthogai3.jpg
Samudradanaya
Devanayaka Perumal
39 Thiruvellakulam Thirunangur,
Nagapattinam district,
Tamil Nadu
11°11′24″N 79°45′54″E / 11.190106°N 79.764929°E / 11.190106; 79.764929
Annan koil.jpeg
Padmavathi
Srinivasa Perumal
40 Thiruchitrakootam Chidambaram,
Cuddalore district,
Tamil Nadu11°23′57″N 79°41′36″E / 11.399207°N 79.693364°E / 11.399207; 79.693364
Temple Tank (Sivaganga), Nataraja Temple - panoramio.jpg
Pundareekavalli
Govindaraja Perumal
41 Thiruvaheendrapuram Thiruvanthipuram,
Cuddalore district,
Tamil Nadu11°44′42″N 79°42′34″E / 11.745099°N 79.709351°E / 11.745099; 79.709351
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Sri Hemambujavalli sametha Sri Devanatha Perumal
42 Thirukkovalur Thirukoyilur,
Tiruvannamalai district,
Tamil Nadu11°58′01″N 79°12′09″E / 11.967006°N 79.202479°E / 11.967006; 79.202479
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Sri Pushpavalli
sametha Sri Trivikrama Perumal
The temple is believed to be the place where the first three Azhwars, the Vaishnava saints, namely, Poigai Alvar, Bhoothathalvar and Peyalvar attained salvation. The temple is one of the Panchakanna (Krishnaranya) Kshetrams, the five holy temples associated with Krishna, an avatar of Vishnu.[31][32]
43 Thirukkachi - Atthigiri Kanchipuram,
Kanchipuram district,
Tamil Nadu12°49′09″N 79°43′29″E / 12.819137°N 79.724646°E / 12.819137; 79.724646
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Sri Perundevi
sametha Sri Devadiraja Perumal
One of the greatest Hindu scholars of Vaishnava VisishtAdvaita philosophy, Ramanuja is believed to have resided in this temple.[33] The temple along with Ekambareswarar Temple and Kamakshi Amman Temple in Kanchipuram is popularly known as Mumurtivasam (abode of trio),[34] while Srirangam is referred to as ‘ The Koil’ (meaning: "temple") and Tirupati as the ‘Malai’ (Meaning: "hill").
44 Ashtabuyagaram Kanchipuram,
Kanchipuram district,
Tamil Nadu12°49′22″N 79°42′39″E / 12.822736°N 79.710806°E / 12.822736; 79.710806
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Padmasani
samethaASri shtabhuja Perumal
45 Thiruthanka Kanchipuram,
Kanchipuram district,
Tamil Nadu12°49′28″N 79°42′20″E / 12.824382°N 79.705543°E / 12.824382; 79.705543
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Sri Maragadhavalli sametha Sri Deepaprakasa Perumal
46 Thiruvelukkai Kanchipuram,
Kanchipuram district,
Tamil Nadu12°49′20″N 79°42′23″E / 12.822197°N 79.706450°E / 12.822197; 79.706450
Tiruvelukkai (3).jpg
Sri Amritavalli
sametha Sri Yoga Narasimha Perumal
47 Thiruneeragam Kanchipuram,
Kanchipuram district,
Tamil Nadu12°50′21″N 79°42′19″E / 12.839122°N 79.705185°E / 12.839122; 79.705185
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Sri Jagadeesha Perumal
48 Thiruppadagam Kanchipuram,
Kanchipuram district,
Tamil Nadu12°50′34″N 79°41′49″E / 12.842726°N 79.696941°E / 12.842726; 79.696941
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Sri Rukmani sametha Sri
Pandavadootha Perumal
49 Nilathingal Thundam Kanchipuram,
Kanchipuram district,
Tamil Nadu12°50′51″N 79°41′58″E / 12.847463°N 79.699313°E / 12.847463; 79.699313
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Chandrasoodavalli
Chandrasooda Perumal
50 Thiruooragam Kanchipuram,
Kanchipuram district,
Tamil Nadu12°50′21″N 79°42′19″E / 12.839122°N 79.705185°E / 12.839122; 79.705185
Ulagalantha perumal Kanchipuram3.jpg
Amudavalli sametha Sri
Trivikrama Perumal
51 Thiruvekka Kanchipuram,
Kanchipuram district,
Tamil Nadu12°49′27″N 79°42′45″E / 12.824070°N 79.712462°E / 12.824070; 79.712462
Yathothkari (2).jpg
Komalavalli sametha Sri
Yathottakari Perumal
52 Thirukkaragam Kanchipuram,
Kanchipuram district,
Tamil Nadu12°50′21″N 79°42′19″E / 12.839122°N 79.705185°E / 12.839122; 79.705185
Ulagalantha perumal Kanchipuram3.jpg
Padmamani
Karunagara Perumal
53 Thirukkarvaanam Kanchipuram,
Kanchipuram district,
Tamil Nadu12°50′21″N 79°42′19″E / 12.839122°N 79.705185°E / 12.839122; 79.705185
Ulagalantha perumal Kanchipuram3.jpg
Kamalavalli
Neelamega Perumal
54 Thirukkalvanur Kanchipuram,
Kanchipuram district,
Tamil Nadu12°50′26″N 79°42′12″E / 12.840653°N 79.703250°E / 12.840653; 79.703250
Kanchipuram.in Kamakshi-Amman Temple - panoramio.jpg
Sri Adi Varaha Perumal
55 Thiruppavalavannam Kanchipuram,
Kanchipuram district,
Tamil Nadu12°50′37″N 79°42′27″E / 12.843658°N 79.707604°E / 12.843658; 79.707604
Manavalamamunigal 05.jpg
Sri Pavalavalli sametha Sri Pavalavarna Perumal
56 Thiru Parameswara Vinnagaram Kanchipuram,
Kanchipuram district,
Tamil Nadu12°50′14″N 79°42′34″E / 12.837151°N 79.709482°E / 12.837151; 79.709482
Parameswara Vinnagaram.JPG
Sri Vaikundavalli sametha Sri Vaikundanatha Perumal
57 Thiruputkuzhi Thiruputkuzhi,
Kanchipuram district,
Tamil Nadu12°52′22″N 79°37′07″E / 12.872642°N 79.618683°E / 12.872642; 79.618683
Tirupukuzhi1.jpg
Maragadhavalli sametha Sri Vijayaraghava Perumal
58 Thirunindravur Thirunindravur,
Tiruvallur District,
Tamil Nadu13°06′45″N 80°01′34″E / 13.112501°N 80.026096°E / 13.112501; 80.026096
Bakthavtsala perumal gopuram.jpg
Sri Sudhavalli
sametha Sri Bhaktavatsala Perumal
59 Thiruvallur Thiruvallur,
Tiruvallur district,
Tamil Nadu13°08′36″N 79°54′27″E / 13.143204°N 79.907439°E / 13.143204; 79.907439
Tiruvallur9.jpg
Sri Kanakavalli sametha Sri Vaidya Veeraraghava Perumal
60 Thiruvallikeni Chennai,
Chennai district,
Tamil Nadu13°03′14″N 80°16′37″E / 13.053920°N 80.276942°E / 13.053920; 80.276942
Tiruvallikeni1.jpg
Sri Rukmini sametha Sri Venkatakrishna Perumal
61 Thiruneermalai Kanchipuram,
Kanchipuram district,
Tamil Nadu12°57′50″N 80°06′54″E / 12.963808°N 80.114953°E / 12.963808; 80.114953
Thiruneermalai temple.jpg
Sri Animamalar Mangai sametha Sri Neervanna Perumal
62 Thiruvidanthai Thiruvidanthai,
Kanchipuram district,
Tamil Nadu12°45′48″N 80°14′33″E / 12.763217°N 80.242538°E / 12.763217; 80.242538
Thiruvidanthai8.JPG
Sri Komalavalli sametha Sri Nityakalyana Perumal
63 Thirukkadalmallai Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram district,
Tamil Nadu12°37′03″N 80°11′36″E / 12.617464°N 80.193303°E / 12.617464; 80.193303
Thirukadalmallai Temple.jpg
Boosthalamangadevi
Sthalasayana Perumal
64 Thirukkadigai Sholinghur,
Vellore district,
Tamil Nadu13°05′37″N 79°25′29″E / 13.093698°N 79.424626°E / 13.093698; 79.424626
Sholingar (15).JPG
Sri Amritavalli sametha Sri
Yoga Narasimha Perumal
65 Thiruvayothi Ayodhya,
Faizabad district,
Uttar Pradesh26°42′53″N 82°49′22″E / 26.71481°N 82.82272°E / 26.71481; 82.82272
Sri Sita sametha Sri
Ramachandra Perumal
66 Naimisaranyam Misrikh Neemsar,
Uttar Pradesh27°26′11″N 80°34′14″E / 27.43625°N 80.57052°E / 27.43625; 80.57052
Cakratirtham.jpg
Sri Harilakshmi
sametha Sri Devaraja Perumal
67 Thirupruthi Jyotirmath,
Chamoli district,
Uttarakhand
29°55′47″N 79°25′21″E / 29.92981°N 79.42245°E / 29.92981; 79.42245
JyothirMutt.JPG
Parimalavalli sametha Sri Paramapurusha Perumal
68 Thirukkandamenum Kadinagar Devaprayag,
Tehri Garhwal district,
Uttarakhand
30°08′44″N 78°33′52″E / 30.145556°N 78.564444°E / 30.145556; 78.564444
Devprayag2008.JPG
Pundareegavalli sametha Sri
Purushottama Perumal
69 Thiruvadari Badrinath,
Chamoli district,
Uttarakhand
30°44′41″N 79°29′28″E / 30.744695°N 79.491175°E / 30.744695; 79.491175
Badrinath temple.jpg
Badrinarayana Perumal
70 Thiru Saligram Muktinath Valley
Mustang District
Nepal
28°49′00″N 83°52′17″E / 28.816711°N 83.871280°E / 28.816711; 83.871280
Muktinath Temple view.JPG
Sri Sridevi sametha Sri Srimurti Perumal
71 Thiruvadamadurai Mathura,
Mathura district,
Uttar Pradesh
27°30′17″N 77°40′11″E / 27.504756°N 77.669646°E / 27.504756; 77.669646
Mathura Temple-Mathura-India0002.JPG
Sri Satyabama sametha Sri Govardhanagiridhari Perumal
72 Thiruvaipadi Gokul,
Mathura district,
Uttar Pradesh
26°57′00″N 80°26′19″E / 26.95009°N 80.43869°E / 26.95009; 80.43869
Gokul temple.JPG
Rukmini Sathyabama sametha Sri Navamohanakrishna Perumal
73 Thirudwaragai Dwarka,
Devbhoomi Dwarka district,
Gujarat
24°00′36″N 73°19′50″E / 24.00995°N 73.33053°E / 24.00995; 73.33053
Dwarakadheesh Temple.jpg
Sri Rukmini sametha Sri Dwarakadeesha Perumal
74 Thirusingavelkundram Ahobilam,
Kurnool district,
Andhra Pradesh
15°20′28″N 79°09′12″E / 15.34099°N 79.15329°E / 15.34099; 79.15329
Upper Ahobilam temple Gopuram.jpg
Sri Amritavalli sametha Sri Prahlada Varada Perumal It is at this very place that Lord Narasimha appeared to protect his devotee Prahlada. The giant massive pillar from which he appeared is called Ugra Stambha, and one can still see it. Here, Lord Narasimha appears in nine different forms; these re collectively called Nava Narasimha.
75 Thiruvengadam Tirupati,
Chittoor district,
Andhra Pradesh
13°50′02″N 79°24′31″E / 13.83393°N 79.40872°E / 13.83393; 79.40872
Tirumala Venkateswara temple entrance 09062015.JPG
Sri Padmavati sametha Sri Srinivasa Perumal It is one of the most holy, and most visited temples in India.
76 Thirunavai Tirunavaya,
Mallapuram district,
Kerala
10°21′39″N 76°50′12″E / 10.360704°N 76.83654°E / 10.360704; 76.83654
Thirunavaya Navamukunda Temple.JPG
Malarmangai
Navamukunda Perumal
77 Thiruvithuvakodu Thiruvithuvakoodu,
Palakkad district,
Kerala
10°21′39″N 76°50′12″E / 10.36070°N 76.83654°E / 10.36070; 76.83654
Thiruvithuvakoodu (3).jpg
Vithuvakoduvalli
Abhayapradhaya Perumal
78 Thirukatkarai Thrikkakara,
Ernakulam district,
Kerala
10°21′39″N 76°50′12″E / 10.36070°N 76.83654°E / 10.36070; 76.83654
Thirukatkarai3.jpg
Vathsalyavalli
Katkaraswami Perumal
79 Thirumoozhikkalam Thirumoozhikulam,
Ernakulam district,
Kerala
10°21′39″N 76°50′11″E / 10.36070°N 76.8365°E / 10.36070; 76.8365
Thirumoozhikalam2.jpg
Madhuraveni
Sookthinatha Perumal
80 Thiruvallavazh Thiruvalla,
Pathanamthitta district,
Kerala
9°25′38″N 76°49′02″E / 9.42723°N 76.81732°E / 9.42723; 76.81732
Sree Vallaba Temple 5.JPG
Vathsalyavalli
Sundaraya Perumal
81 Thirukkadithanam Thrikkodithanam,
Changanassery,
Kottayam District,
Kerala
9°25′38″N 76°49′02″E / 9.42723°N 76.81732°E / 9.42723; 76.81732
Thrickodithanam 8.JPG
Karpagavalli
Amruthanarayana Perumal
82 Thiruchengundrur Chengannur,
Alappuzha District,
Kerala
9°25′38″N 76°49′02″E / 9.42723°N 76.81732°E / 9.42723; 76.81732
Thrichittatt Maha Vishnu Temple1.JPG
Rakthapankajavalli
Devathideva Perumal
It is one of the five ancient shrines in the Chengannur area of Kerala, connected with the legend of Mahabharata, where the five Pandavas are believed to have built one temple each; the temple is believed to have been built by Yudhishthira.Imayavar(Devas) came to this place prior to Yudhishthira and hence the deity here is referred as Imayavarappar.[35] There is another version that the Pandavas worshipped the idols during the reign and started installing them in different places during the end of the reign.[36]
83 Thiruppuliyur Thripuliyur,
Alappuzha District,
Kerala
9°25′38″N 76°49′02″E / 9.42723°N 76.81732°E / 9.42723; 76.81732
Puliyoor.JPG
Hemalatha
Mayashaktiyuthaswamy Perumal
84 Thiruvaranvilai Aranmula,
Pathanamthitta District,
Kerala
9°21′20″N 76°45′37″E / 9.35542°N 76.76033°E / 9.35542; 76.76033
Aranmula Temple.JPG
Padmasani
Vamana Perumal
85 Thiruvanvandoor Thiruvanvandoor,
Alappuzha District,
Kerala
9°21′20″N 76°45′37″E / 9.35542°N 76.76031°E / 9.35542; 76.76031
Thiruvanvandoor Pambanaiappan Temple 1.JPG
Kamalavalli
Kamalanatha Perumal
It is one of the five ancient shrines in the Chengannur area of Kerala, connected with the legend of Mahabharata, where the five Pandavas are believed to have built one temple each; this temple is believed to have been built by Nakula. Earliest references to this temple appear in the poems and hymns composed by the greatest of Alvar saints - Nammalvar, in circa 800 AD. Stone inscriptions in the temple date it back to the Second Chera Empire (800 - 1102 AD).[37]
86 Thiruvananthapuram Thiruvananthapuram,
Thiruvananthapuram District,
Kerala
8°32′02″N 76°55′40″E / 8.53402°N 76.92787°E / 8.53402; 76.92787
Padmanabhaswamy Temple Thiruvananthapuram.jpg
Harilakshmi
Ananthapadmanabha Perumal
87 Thiruvattaru Thiruvattar,
Kanyakumari district,
Tamil Nadu
8°22′08″N 77°14′30″E / 8.36897°N 77.241670°E / 8.36897; 77.241670
Thiruvattar Adhi Kesava Temple.JPG
Maragadhavalli
Adhikesava Perumal
88 Thiruvanparisaram Thiruppathisaram,
Kanyakumari district,
Tamil Nadu8°15′15″N 77°28′13″E / 8.254153°N 77.47032°E / 8.254153; 77.47032
Thriuppathisaram.jpg
Kamalavalli
Thiruvazhmarbhan Perumal
89 Thirukkurungudi Thirukkurungudi,
Tirunelveli district,
Tamil Nadu8°26′13″N 77°31′33″E / 8.436906°N 77.5259°E / 8.436906; 77.5259
Thirukarungudi temple.jpg
Vamanakshetravalli
Vamanakshetrapoornaya Perumal
90 Thirucheeravaramangai Nanguneri,
Tirunelveli district,
Tamil Nadu8°26′13″N 77°31′33″E / 8.436905°N 77.5259°E / 8.436905; 77.5259
Naguneri18.jpg
Chireevaramangaivalli
Thothadhrinatha Perumal
91 Thiruvaigundam Srivaikuntam,
Thoothukudi district,
Tamil Nadu8°36′35″N 77°58′34″E / 8.609726°N 77.9760°E / 8.609726; 77.9760
Srivaikuntam6.jpg
Boonayagi, Vaigundavalli
Vaikuntanatha Perumal
92 Thiruvaragunamangai Natham,
Thoothukudi district,
Tamil Nadu8°36′35″N 77°58′34″E / 8.60972°N 77.976037°E / 8.60972; 77.976037
Varagunamangai1.jpg
Varagunavalli
Vijayasana Perumal
93 Thiruppuliangudi Thirupulingudi,
Thoothukudi district,
Tamil Nadu8°36′35″N 77°58′34″E / 8.60972°N 77.976037°E / 8.60972; 77.976037
Thirupuliyangudi3.jpg
Bhoonayagi
Bhoomipalaya Vairinedharchidha Gopaya Perumal
94 Thirutholaivillimangalam (Navathirupathi) Tholavillimangalam,
Thoothukudi district,
Tamil Nadu8°36′35″N 77°58′34″E / 8.60972°N 77.97603°E / 8.60972; 77.97603
Aravinda Lochanar temple2.jpg
Visalakrishnakshidevi
Aravindalochana Perumal
95 Thirukkulandai (Navathirupathi) Perungulam,
Thoothukudi district,
Tamil Nadu8°36′25″N 77°57′02″E / 8.606968°N 77.950545°E / 8.606968; 77.950545
Thirukulandhai1.jpg
Baligavalli Padmavathi
Srinivasa Perumal
96 Thirukkolur (Navathirupathi) Thirukolur,
Thoothukudi district,
Tamil Nadu8°36′23″N 77°58′26″E / 8.6065018°N 77.97389°E / 8.6065018; 77.97389
Thirukkolur3.jpg
Kolurvalli
Nikshepavithaya Perumal
97 Thirupperai Thenthiruperai,
Thoothukudi district,
Tamil Nadu8°36′23″N 77°58′26″E / 8.60650°N 77.97389°E / 8.60650; 77.97389
Then Thirupperai3.jpg
Kundalakarnadevi
Dheerga Magarakundaladharaya Perumal
98 Thirukkurugur Alwarthirunagari,
Thoothukudi district,
Tamil Nadu8°36′25″N 77°57′02″E / 8.60696°N 77.95054°E / 8.60696; 77.95054
Azhwar Thirunagari9.jpg
Aadhinathavalli
Aadhinatha Perumal
99 Thiruvillipputhur Srivilliputhur,
Virudhunagar district,
Tamil Nadu8°36′25″N 77°57′02″E / 8.60696°N 77.95054°E / 8.60696; 77.95054
Andal Temple.jpg
Kodhadevi
Vatapatrasayee Perumal
100 Thiruthangal Thiruthankal
Virudhunagar district,
Tamil Nadu9°00′39″N 77°53′07″E / 9.010702°N 77.8853°E / 9.010702; 77.8853
Thiruthankal1.jpg
Rakthapankajavalli
Narayana Perumal
101 Thirukkoodal Madurai,
Madurai district,
Tamil Nadu9°59′19″N 78°15′52″E / 9.98860°N 78.26434°E / 9.98860; 78.26434
Koodalazhagar (15).jpg
Madhuravalli
Sangamasundharaya Perumal
102 Thirumaliruncholai Alagar Koyil,
Madurai district,
Tamil Nadu9°59′19″N 78°15′52″E / 9.988609°N 78.2643428°E / 9.988609; 78.2643428
AzhagarKovil Madurai.JPG
Sundaravalli
Chorasundara Perumal
103 Thirumogur Thirumohur,
Madurai district,
Tamil Nadu9°59′19″N 78°15′52″E / 9.98860°N 78.26434°E / 9.98860; 78.26434
Tirumohur (9).jpg
Mohavalli
Kalamega Perumal
104 Thirukkoshtiyur Thirukoshtiyur,
Sivaganga district,
Tamil Nadu9°59′19″N 78°15′51″E / 9.98860°N 78.2643°E / 9.98860; 78.2643
Thirukkottiyur1.jpg
Mahalakshmi
Uraga Mrudusayanaya Perumal
105 Thiruppullani Thirupullani,
Ramanathapuram district,
Tamil Nadu9°59′19″N 8°15′52″E / 9.98860°N 8.26434°E / 9.98860; 8.26434
Tirupullani1.jpg
Kalyanavalli, Padmasani
Kalyana Jagannatha Perumal
106 Thirumeyyam Thirumayam,
Pudukottai district,
Tamil Nadu9°59′19″N 78°15′51″E / 9.98860°N 78.2643°E / 9.98860; 78.2643
Thirumayam temple.jpg
Ujjeevana
Sathyagirinatha Perumal
107 Thiruppaarkadal Vinnulaga Tirupati Sri Kadal Magal sametha Sri Parkadal Natha Perumal This Divya Desam is not located on Earth, but in the spiritual realm.
108 Thirupparamapadham Vinnulaga Tirupati
The Churning of the Ocean of Milk (6124603065).jpg
Sri Paramapada Nayaki sametha Sri Paramapadha Nathan This Divya Desam is not located on Earth, but in the spiritual realm.

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