Divya Desams

Introduction

Divya Desams (also known as Srivaishnava Divya Desams) are 108 sacred temples sung by the 12 Alwars. Only 106 of these temples are in this material world. The other two being Paramapadam (at the feet of Lord Vishnu) and Vaikuntam (Lord Vishnu's Holy abode). One of the remaining 106 (Salagrama) is in Nepal and the rest are in India spread all over across the sub continent. Most of these have been visited by the Alwars. However, few are only sung and praised by them.


Classification

Divya Desams are classified by various scholars in various ways. Here are few:

Posture

Lord Vishnu in Sleeping Position - 27 Temples
Lord Vishnu in Sitting Position - 21 Temples
Lord Vishnu in Standing Position - 60 Temples


Facing

Lord Vishnu facing North - 3 Temples
Lord Vishnu facing East - 79 Temples
Lord Vishnu facing South - 7 Temples
Lord Vishnu facing West - 19 Temples

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1. Tiruvarangam
tiruvarangam
also known as Srirangam
Deity: Ranganatha, Azhagiya Manavaala, Nam Perumal     Consort: Ranga Naayaki
Location: Srirangam      Travelbase: Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
Legend has it that the image of Ranganatha worshipped here was originally worshipped by the clan of the Ishwakus and it passed on to Rama Rama upon his victorious return from Lanka handed over this image to Vibhishana who proceded to Lanka with the image Circumstances caused him to place this image on the banks of the Kaveri where Srirangam now is A disappointed Vibhishana returned to SriLanka with the consolation that the image of Ranganatha at SriRangam would face South - in the direction of L... ...
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2. Uraiyur
uraiyur
also known as Tirukkozhi
Deity: Azhagiya Manavaalan     Consort: Kamala Valli, Vaasa Lakshmi
Location: Tiruchenomundi Near Tiruchirappalli     Travelbase: Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
Kamalavalli Naachiyaar, daughter of the local Chola King is said to have meditated upon Vishnu, and married him here after which the Chola King built this temple, with its door facing North towards Srirangam. A valiant rooster, believed to have warded off an elephant with it's beak, here at Uraiyur; the name Tirukkozhi (Mookkeeswaram) possibly stems from this legend. There is no festival image for Perumaal here. festival image of Ranganathar is brought in procession from Srirangam to commemorate... ...
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3. Tirukkarambanur
tirukkarambanur
also known as Uttamar Koyil , Bhikshandar Koil, Nepa Kshetram, Adima Puram
Deity: Purushottama     Consort: Poorva Devi, Poorna Valli
Near Tiruchirappalli     Travelbase: Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
Siva is worshipped here as Bikshanatha. Legend has it that the fifth head of Bhrama, which was pulled out by Shiva, stuck to his palms; and it was only after his receiving alms from Mahalakshmi, that it came unstuck. The same legend is held at the {ID: 7 Tirukkandiyur Divyadesam} (where the presiding deity is known by the name Hara Saapa Vimochana Perumaal), adjacent to the Tirukkandiyur Veerattastalam of Shiva and at Tirukkurunkudi near Nanguneri - Tirunelveli. This temple is also known popula... ...
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4. Tiruvellarai
tiruvellarai
also known as Aadi Vellarai
Deity: Pundareekaksha     Consort: Shenbaga Valli, Pankaja Valli
Near Tiruchirappalli     Travelbase: Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
Addr. Ref: 27 KMs from Tiruchirappalli
Legend has it that Vishnu blessed Markandeya, Bhudevi and Sibi Chakravarti 4 caturyugas ago (17.3 million years). This is a vast temple, with imposing walls. The main shrine has two entrances, referred to as the Uttarayana Vaayil and the Dakshinayana Vaayil as in the Sarangapani temple at Kumbhakonam. As implied by their names, the Uttarayana Vaayil is open from the Tamil month of Thai (Capricorn) onwards, until the month of Aadi (Cancer) from when on, the Dakshinayana Vaayil is used. There are... ...
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5. Tiruvanbil
tiruvanbil
also known as Anbil , Tirumaalayanturai, Madnooka Puri
Deity: Vadivazhagiya Nambi     Consort: Azhagiya Valli
Near Lalgudi     Travelbase: Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
Addr. Ref: 8 KMs from Lalgudi
Legend has it that Bhrama and Valmiki worshipped Vishnu here. Legend also has it that Mandooka muni in his state of intense underwater penance failed to pay his respects to the arriving Durvasa muni who cursed him to take up the form of a toad. Upon worshipping Vishnu at this shrine, the sage was relieved of his curse, and hence the name Mandooka pushkarini. The Pancharanga Kshetrams along the course of the Kaveri are Srirangapatnam (Karnataka), Srirangam, Koyiladi (Anbil) and Kumbhakonam and In... ...
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6. Tirupper Nagar
tirupper nagar
also known as Koyiladi , Indra Giri
Deity: Appakkudattaan, Appalaa Ranganatha     Consort: Indraa Devi, Kamala Devi
Location: Koyiladi Near Lalgudi     Travelbase: Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
Addr. Ref: 10 KMs from Lalgudi,23 KMs from Thiruvaiyaru
Legend has it that Upamanyu Muni and Paraasarar were blessed by Vishnu here. ... ...
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7. Tirukkandiyur
tirukkandiyur
Deity: Harasaapavimochana Perumaal     Consort: Kamala Valli
Location: Thanjavur      Travelbase: Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India
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8. Tirukoodaloor
tirukoodaloor
also known as Aaduturaipperumaal Koyil , Sangama Kshetram
Deity: Jagatrakshaka     Consort: Padmasini, Pushpavalli
Location: Perumal Koyil      Travelbase: Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India
Addr. Ref: 12 KMs from Tiruvaiyuru
The images here are said to have been recovered from the original temple which was washed away in the Kollidam river floods. Theertham is behind Hanuman Temple !. ... ...
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9. Kapistalam
kapistalam
also known as Papanasam
Deity: Gajendra Varada     Consort: Ramaamani Valli, Potraamaraiyaal
     Travelbase: Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India
Addr. Ref: 3 KMs from Papanasam
Vishnu saved Gajendran, the king of elephants from the clutches of a crocodile, upon hearing his prayers. Vaali and Sugreevan (Kapi - monkey) are believed to have worshipped Vishnu here hence the name Kapistalam. The five panchakrishna kshetrams are Tiruvazhundur, Tirukkannankudi, Kapistalam, Kannapuram and Kannamangai. A similar legend also holds at the Varadaraja Perumal temple at Kanchipuram. ... ...
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10. Tiruppullambhootangudi
tiruppullambhootangudi
also known as Tyagasamudram
Deity: Valvil Raama     Consort: Potraamaraiyaal, Hemambujavalli
Location: Poothamgudi Near Swamimalai     Travelbase: Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India
this shrine is associated with the Ramayanam, and that Rama said to have offered moksham to Jatayu here. Sita is not seen with the moolavar, as this temple represents the state where he was separated from Sita. This temple is administered by the Ahobila Matam. ... ...
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11. Tiru Aadanoor
tiru aadanoor
Deity: Aandalakkumaiyan     Consort: Ranga Nayaki
Near Swamimalai     Travelbase: Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India
Addr. Ref: 3 KMs from Swamimalai
Kamadhenu has worshipped lord Vishnu here. shrine is also known as Bhargava kshetram and the stala puranam references legends from the Bhrahmanda puraanam. The name Aadanoor arises from the legend that Kamadhenu offered worship to Vishnu here. Legend also has it that Agni the fire God offered worship at the shrine here. Given the references to Aadi Rangeswaram in the Bhrahmaanda puraanam, this is considered a holy shrine that predates the Srirangam temple.. The image of Vishnu is depicted as bea... ...
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12. Tirukkudandai
tirukkudandai
also known as Kumbhakonam , Kudandai
Deity: Sarangapani, Pallikondaar     Consort: Komala Valli
Location: Kumbhakonam      Travelbase: Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India
Addr. Ref: 40 KMs from Thanjavur.
Legend has it that there was a deluge after the Dwapara Yugam; a pot of nectar and the seeds of creation were placed in a pot (kudam) and set adrift in the deluge. The drifting pot settled at Kumbhakonam; and Shiva as Kiratamurthy, bearing a bow pierced the pot with an arrow, and spilt the nectar which flowed all over. The bulk of it flowed into what is now the Mahamagam tank. It is believed that all river Goddesses live in this tank. It is believed that the remnants of the nectar were mixed wit... ...
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13. Tiruvinnagar
tiruvinnagar
also known as Uppiliappan Koyil
Deity: Uppiliappan, Ponnappan     Consort: Bhu Devi
Near Tirunageswaram     Travelbase: Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India
Markandeyar, Kaveri and Yama worshipped Vishnu here. Bhudevi was reborn as the daughter of Markandeya and that an old man sought her hand in marriage; the sage attempted to stall the marriage by stating that his daughter was not well versed in household duties, and that she would even forget to season food with salt. The old man revealed himself as Vishnu, and took Bhu Devi as his bride. Salt is not included in any of the offerings made to the deity; hence also, the name Uppiliappan. Vishnu here... ...
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14. Tirunaraiyur
tirunaraiyur
also known as Naachiyaar Koyil , Sugandhavanam, Sugandhagiri
Deity: Srinivasa, Tirunaraiyur Nambi, Vasudeva     Consort: Vanchula Valli
Near Kumbhakonam     Travelbase: Kumbhakonam, Tamil Nadu, India
Lakshmi was born as Vanchulavalli, (at the foot of a Vanchula tree) to Madhava munivar (also known as Medhavi Munivar). Vishnu came down to the earth and married her here. Bhrama is believed to have worshipped Vishnu here. Vishnu is believed to have manifested himself in the Pancha Vyuha forms and married Vanchulavalli; Sankarshana in the east, Pradyumna in the south, Anirudha in the west, Purushottama in the north and Vasudeva in the center. The sculptures of all these deities are found in the ... ...
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15. Tirucherai
tirucherai
also known as Udaiyar Koil , Saara Kshetram, Pancha Saara Kshetram
Deity: Saaranatha     Consort: Saara Naayaki
Near Kumbhakonam     Travelbase: Kumbhakonam, Tamil Nadu, India
Addr. Ref: 15 KMs from Kumbhakonam. 4 KMs from Kodavasal,15 KMs from Kumbhakonam
Markandeya and Kaveri worshipped Vishnu here. Kaveri meditated upon Vishnu with the desire of obtaining the stature of the river Ganga. Vishnu appeared in front of Kaveri with his consorts Sreedevi, Bhudevi, Neeladevi, Saara naayaki and Mahalakshmi and granted her request. During the time of the great deluge, a pot fashioned out of clay, was used to rescue and preserve the Vedas. It is believed that none of the pots made by Bhrama would last, and that he was directed by Vishnu to proceed to Tiru... ...
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16. Tirukkannamangai
tirukkannamangai
also known as Saptamrita Kshetram , Lakshmi Vanam
Deity: Bhaktavatsala     Consort: Abhisheka Valli
     Travelbase: Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India
Addr. Ref: 66 KMs from Thanjavur. 6 KMs from Tiruvarur
Lakshmi worshipped Vishnu here, and hence the name Lakshmivanam. It is believed that Shiva protects this shrine, from four temples located around here. Varuna and Romesa muni are said to have worshipped Vishnu here. This shrine is also referred to as Saptamrita Kshetram thanks to the celebrated nature of 7 of its elements such as Vimanam, Mandapam, aaranyam, theertham, kshetram, river, town. The legend related to the moon's loss of his lustre and the penance that helped his regaining it holds he... ...
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17. Tirukkannapuram
tirukkannapuram
Deity: Neelamegha Perumal, Sowriraja Perumal     Consort: Kannapura Nayaki
Near Tiruvarur     Travelbase: Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India
Addr. Ref: 66 KMs from Thanjavur. 6 KMs from Nannilam
Legend also has it that Vishnu blessed Vibhishana here revealing to him the grace of his gait (nadaiazhagu), on a new moon day. Legend has it that a king by name Uparisravas performed the aswamedha sacrifice and begot a daughter by name Padmini, whom he offered in marriage to Vishnu at this shrine. (also see Tirupper nagar). Legend has it that the image of Vishnu in the sanctum miraculously showed a growth of hair, in order to protect the words of a devout priest Rangabhattar, hence the name Sow... ...
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18. Tirukkannankudi
tirukkannankudi
Deity: Lokanatha, Syamalameni Perumal     Consort: Loka Nayaki, Aravinda Valli
Near Nagappattinam     Travelbase: Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India
Addr. Ref: 85 KMs from Thanjavur.
Legend has it that Bhrigu Muni , Gowtama rishi and Bhrama worshipped Vishnu here. Legend also has it that Vashishta created an image of Krishna of butter and meditated upon it. It is believed that Krishna appeared in front of Vasishta, who reached out to him; a group of rishis engaged in meditation under the Magizha trees held Krishna, with their devotion, which served as the 'Paasa Kayiru'. Hence the name Tirukkannankudi. Interestingly Vasishtar is believed to have meditated upon a Shivalingam ... ...
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19. Tirunaagi
tirunaagi
also known as Nagappattinam
Deity: Neelamegha Perumal     Consort: Soundarya Valli
Location: Nagappattinam      Travelbase: Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India
Addr. Ref: 85 KMs from Thanjavur.
Vishnu was worshipped by Nagaraja here, as in the Shivastalam Naagaikkaaronam. Legend has it that it was decreed that the third breast of a local princess would disappear upon her sightiing her groom to be. This princess sighted Nagarajan offering worship to Vishnu here at Nagappattinam, and married him, and that Vishnu appeared in front of the couple in three different postures, as seen in the temple and blessed them. Legend has it that Dhruva the son of the king Uttanapada performed severe pen... ...
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20. Thanjai Maamanikkoyil
thanjai maamanikkoyil
also known as Manikkunram , Thanjai
Deity: Neela Megha Perumaal     Consort: Senkamala Valli
Location: Thanjavur      Travelbase: Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India
Addr. Ref: 4 KMs from Thanjore Main Temple
Vishnu took the Narasimha Avataram to vanquish a demon elephant by name Tanjakan. Upon his request, Vishnu took abode here and hence is the name Thanjavur. This Divya Desam is a composite of three temples mentioned in the Significant Places section. ... ...
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21. Tirunandipura Vinnagaram
tirunandipura vinnagaram
also known as Naadan Kovil
Deity: Jagannatha, Nathanaathan     Consort: Shenbaga Valli
Near Kumbhakonam     Travelbase: Kumbhakonam, Tamil Nadu, India
To seek atonement for the fault of insulting the Dwarapalakas of Vishnu, Nandi performed penances at the temple and hence the name Nandipura Vinnagaram. Sibi obtained a vision of Vishnu at this shrine. It is believed that Vishnu who originally faced the east, turned westward to look at the spectacle of King Sibi, keeping his word to a dove who had filed a grievance to him - placing his entire weight on a balance to compensate for the injury suffered by the bird. Swami's Right hand is Abhaya Hast... ...
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22. Tiruvelliyankudi
tiruvelliyankudi
Deity: Kolavilli Rama, Ksheerabdi Natha     Consort: Raktha Valli
Near Kumbhakonam     Travelbase: Kumbhakonam, Tamil Nadu, India
Addr. Ref: 20 KMs from Kumbhakonam
Sukra, Bhrama, Indra, Parasara, Maya, Markandeya and Bhu Devi are believed to have worshipped here. Legend has it that the divine architect Maya meditated towards Vishnu and obtained a vision of Vishnu armed with his discus and conch. He then requested for a vision of Vishnu in the form of Rama. Legend has it that Vishnu handed his discus and his conch to Garuda and took the form of Rama armed with a bow. Hence the tamil name Kolavilli Rama and the unusual depiction of Garuda with the conch and ... ...
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23. Tiruvazhundur
tiruvazhundur
also known as Terezhundur
Deity: Devadi Raja, Aamaruviappan     Consort: Senkamala Valli
Near Mayiladuturai     Travelbase: Mayiladuturai, Tamil Nadu, India
Legend has it that Brahma caused the herds of cattle being grazed by Krishna to disappear and that Krishna caused another herd to be created, upon which Brahma apologized to Krishna, and requested him to take abode at Tiruvazhundur. The five panchakrishna kshetrams are Tiruvazhundur, Tirukkannankudi, Kapistalam, Kannapuram and Kannamangai. The utsava murthy is portrayed here as grazing cattle. ... ...
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24. Tiruchirupuliyur
tiruchirupuliyur
also known as Kollumangudi , Bala Vyagrapuram
Deity: Chalasayana Perumal     Consort: Tirumaamagal Naachiyaar
Location: Sirupuliyur Near Mayiladuturai     Travelbase: Mayiladuturai, Tamil Nadu, India
Legend has it that Vyagrapada, a devotee of the Cosmic Dance of Shiva here, worshipped Vishnu here. Legend also has it that there was once a fierce rivalry between Aadisesha and Garuda. Aadisesha or Anantha was pursued by Garuda all over the Universe and finally reached this shrine and meditated towards Vishnu on the shore of the temple tank, after which Vishnu took up Aadisesha as his seat or aasanam. The temple tank is hence known as Anantasaras. This place is the Kanva Ashram refered in puran... ...
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25. Talaichchanga Naanmadiyam
talaichchanga naanmadiyam
also known as Aakkoor , Shanku Vanam, Talaichchangaadu
Deity: Naanmadiya Perumal, Venchudar Perumal     Consort: Talaichchanga Naachiyaar
Location: Aakkoor Near Mayiladuturai     Travelbase: Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India
The legend in the Shivastalam enshrining Shankharunaatheswara in this village holds that Vishnu was blessed with a conch (the foremost of all conches - Talai Changu) upon worshipping Shiva. Legend also has it that Vishnu worshipped Parvati at Tiruvalampuram. Legend has it that Chandra, the moon God was absolved of a curse upon worshipping Vishnu here, hence the temple tank is referred to as Chandra Pushkarini. A priceless conch adorns the image of Naanmadiyapperumal. ... ...
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26. Tiruvindaloor
tiruvindaloor
Deity: Parimala Ranganatha, Maruviniya Maindan     Consort: Parimala Ranganayaki, Chandra Saapa Vimochana Valli, Pundareeka Valli
Location: Mayiladuturai      Travelbase: Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India
Legend has it that the demons Madhu and Kaitabha stole the Vedas, and disappeared into the sea; Vishnu came down in the form of Matsya avataram and restored the vedas, and restored their fragrance, hence the name Sugandha Aranyam, and Parimala Ranganatha and Parimala Ranganayaki. Legend also has it that Chandra (the moon) was cured of an affliction after bathing in the Kaveri and offering worship here. It is believed that the offering worship to Santana Gopalan in the sanctum, would aid barren c... ...
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27. Tirukkaavalampaadi
tirukkaavalampaadi
Deity: Gopalakrishna     Consort: Rukmini, Satyabhama
Location: Tirukkaavalampaadi Near Sirkazhi     Travelbase: Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India
Addr. Ref: 10 KMs from Sirkazhi
Legend has it that, to honor the request of Satyabhama, Krishna went far and wide in search of the parijata flower; after a long search Krishna meditated upon Shiva, who revealed to him a lake filled with parijata flowers at this place. The theertham here is referred to as thatamalar poikai.. Legend has it that Shiva performed the Ekadasa Rudra Aswamedha Yagam, to rid himself of the blemish of Bhramahatti; Vishnu is believed to have appeared in his presence with Sree Devi, Bhu Devi and Nila Devi... ...
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28. Kaazhicheeraama Vinnagaram
kaazhicheeraama vinnagaram
also known as Uttama Kshetra
Deity: Trivikrama     Consort: Loka Nayaki
Location: Sirkazhi      Travelbase: Sirkazhi, Tamil Nadu, India
Legend has it that Vishnu blessed Romesa muni with a vision of Trivikrama with his left foot raised in the gesture of dominating the three worlds. ... ...
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29. Arimeya Vinnagaram
arimeya vinnagaram
Deity: Kudamaadukoothan     Consort: Amritaghatavalli
Location: Tirunangur Near Sirkazhi     Travelbase: Sirkazhi, Tamil Nadu, India
Addr. Ref: 8 KMs from Sirkazhi
Legend has it that Vishnu blessed Utanga muni with a vision of Krishna at this shrine. Legend has it that Shiva performed the Ekadasa Rudra Aswamedha Yagam, to rid himself of the blemish of Bhramahatti; Vishnu is believed to have appeared in his presence with Sree Devi, Bhu Devi and Nila Devi at the end of the sacrifice, and upon request of Shiva, taken up 11 abodes here in the Tirunangur area, which correspond to the 11 Tirunaangur Divya Desams held in worship by Rudra. ... ...
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30. Tiruvanpurushottamam
tiruvanpurushottamam
Deity: Purushottama     Consort: Purushottama Nayaki
Location: Tirunangur      Travelbase: Sirkazhi, Tamil Nadu, India
Legend has it that Upamanyu, the son of Vyagrapada, as an infant cried out of hunger and was fed with milk by Purushottamanayaki - consort of the presiding deity here. Legend has it that Shiva performed the Ekadasa Rudra Aswamedha Yagam, to rid himself of the blemish of Bhramahatti; Vishnu is believed to have appeared in his presence with Sree Devi, Bhu Devi and Nila Devi at the end of the sacrifice, and upon request of Shiva, taken up 11 abodes here in the Tirunangur area, which correspond to t... ...
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31. Tiruchemponsei Kovil
tiruchemponsei kovil
Deity: Perarulaalan, Semponnarangar     Consort: Alli Maamalar Naachiyaar
Location: Tirunangur      Travelbase: Sirkazhi, Tamil Nadu, India
Legend has it that Rama, on his return from Srilanka, after having vanquished Ravana, resided here in the hermitage of a saint by name Dridanetra and that upon his advice fashioned a cow of gold, and donated it to a poor devotee, with which, the devotee built this temple, hence the name Chemponsei Koyil. Legend has it that Shiva performed the Ekadasa Rudra Aswamedha Yagam, to rid himself of the blemish of Bhramahatti; Vishnu is believed to have appeared in his presence with Sree Devi, Bhu Devi a... ...
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32. Manimaadakkoyil
manimaadakkoyil
Deity: Narayana     Consort: Pundareekavalli
Location: Tirunangar Near Sirkazhi     Travelbase: Sirkazhi, Tamil Nadu, India
Legend has it that Shiva performed the Ekadasa Rudra Aswamedha Yagam, to rid himself of the blemish of Bhramahatti; Vishnu is believed to have appeared in his presence with Sree Devi, Bhu Devi and Nila Devi at the end of the sacrifice, and upon request of Shiva, taken up 11 abodes here in the Tirunangur area, which correspond to the 11 Tirunaangur Divya Desams held in worship by Rudra. ... ...
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33. Vaikuntha Vinnagaram
vaikuntha vinnagaram
Deity: Vaikuntha Natha     Consort: Vaikuntha Valli
Location: Tirunangur      Travelbase: Sirkazhi, Tamil Nadu, India
Legend has it that Uttanka muni worshipped Vishnu at this shrine. Legend has it that Shiva performed the Ekadasa Rudra Aswamedha Yagam, to rid himself of the blemish of Bhramahatti; Vishnu is believed to have appeared in his presence with Sree Devi, Bhu Devi and Nila Devi at the end of the sacrifice, and upon request of Shiva, taken up 11 abodes here in the Tirunangur area, which correspond to the 11 Tirunaangur Divya Desams held in worship by Rudra. ... ...
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34. Tirunagari
tirunagari
also known as Sreepuri , Aalinganapuri, Pancha Narasimha Kshetram
Deity: Lakshmi Narasimha, Vedaraja     Consort: Amrithavalli
Location: Sirkazhi      Travelbase: Sirkazhi, Tamil Nadu, India
Addr. Ref: 5 KMs from Tiruvaali
Legend has it that the ugram or the intensity of Vishnu in his Narasimhavataram was ameliorated by his consort Lakshmi. This embrace - aalinganam is behind the name Tiru Aali. . Legend also has it that Vishnu discovered Lakshmi in a flower in the Tirunagari temple pushkarini and hence the name - Sreepuri or Tirunagari or Aalinganapuri. Legends related to these temples are referenced in the Garuda puranam.. Tirunagari is known as the Pancha Narasinga Kshetram, as there are images to Narasimhar at... ...
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35. Tiru Devanaar Togai
tiru devanaar togai
also known as Keezhchaalai
Deity: Deva Nayaka     Consort: Kadalmagal Naachiyaar, Sri Devi
Location: Sirkazhi      Travelbase: Sirkazhi, Tamil Nadu, India
Addr. Ref: 6 KMs from Sirkazhi
The name Devanaartogai arises from the legend that a congregation of Devas assembled to worship Vishnu at this shrine. Legend also has it that Vasishta muni worshipped Vishnu at this shrine. Legend has it that Shiva performed the Ekadasa Rudra Aswamedha Yagam, to rid himself of the blemish of Bhramahatti; Vishnu is believed to have appeared in his presence with Sree Devi, Bhu Devi and Nila Devi at the end of the sacrifice, and upon request of Shiva, taken up 11 abodes here in the Tirunangur area... ...
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36. Tirunangur
tirunangur
Deity: Senkanmaal, Ranganatha, Sreelakshmiranga     Consort: Sankamaala valli
Location: Tirunangur      Travelbase: Sirkazhi, Tamil Nadu, India
Legend has it that Shiva performed the Ekadasa Rudra Aswamedha Yagam, to rid himself of the blemish of Bhramahatti; Vishnu is believed to have appeared in his presence with Sree Devi, Bhu Devi and Nila Devi at the end of the sacrifice, and upon request of Shiva, taken up 11 abodes here in the Tirunangur area, which correspond to the 11 Tirunaangur Divya Desams held in worship by Rudra. ... ...
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37. Tirumanikkoodam
tirumanikkoodam
Deity: Varadaraja Perumal
Location: Tirunangur      Travelbase: Sirkazhi, Tamil Nadu, India
Legend has it that Shiva performed the Ekadasa Rudra Aswamedha Yagam, to rid himself of the blemish of Bhramahatti; Vishnu is believed to have appeared in his presence with Sree Devi, Bhu Devi and Nila Devi at the end of the sacrifice, and upon request of Shiva, taken up 11 abodes here in the Tirunangur area, which correspond to the 11 Tirunaangur Divya Desams held in worship by Rudra. ... ...
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38. Tiruvellakkulam
tiruvellakkulam
Deity: Srinivasa, Kannan, Narayanan     Consort: Alamelmanga
Location: Annan Koil      Travelbase: Sirkazhi, Tamil Nadu, India
A prince by name Swetan (son of the Suryavamsa King Dundumaaran) was saved from the clutches of death at the age of 9, upon having meditated upon the Mrityunjaya mantram, under a vilvamaram, on the banks of the Swetapushkarini (in a legend similar to that of Markandeya). Interestingly this legend is very similar to the one held at Tiruvenkadu (Swetaranyam) nearby where the sage Swetaketu was saved from the clutches of death by the grace of Shiva. Legend has it that Shiva performed the Ekadasa Ru... ...
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39. Tiruppaartanpalli
tiruppaartanpalli
Deity: Taamaraiyaal Kelvan     Consort: Tamara Nayaki
Location: Tiruppaartanpalli      Travelbase: Sirkazhi, Tamil Nadu, India
Legend has it that Shiva performed the Ekadasa Rudra Aswamedha Yagam, to rid himself of the blemish of Bhramahatti; Vishnu is believed to have appeared in his presence with Sree Devi, Bhu Devi and Nila Devi at the end of the sacrifice, and upon request of Shiva, taken up 11 abodes here in the Tirunangur area, which correspond to the 11 Tirunaangur Divya Desams held in worship by Rudra. ... ...
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40. Tiruchitrakootam
tiruchitrakootam
Deity: Govindaraja Perumal     Consort: Pundareeka Valli
Location: Chidambaram      Travelbase: Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India
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41. Tiruvahindrapuram
tiruvahindrapuram
Deity: Deva natha     Consort: Hemambhuja valli, Vaikuntha valli
Location: Cuddalore      Travelbase: Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India
Addr. Ref: 5 KMs from Tiruppadirippuliyur railway station
Legend has it that AdiSeshan, the serpent mount of Vishnu created this shrine, hence the name Tiruvahindrapuram. Garudan is said to have created the Virajaa Theertham (Garuda Nadi) while Adi Seshan is said to have created the Sesha Theertham (Paatala Gangai). Legend also has it that Vishnu was worshipped by Markandeya and Bhudevi here as in Uppiliappan Koyil. The temple on top of the adjoining Aushadagiri hill enshrining Hayagrivar - the embodiment of knowledge and learning - is of very great ... ...
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42. Tirukkovilur
tirukkovilur
Deity: Trivikrama, Ulagalanda Perumal     Consort: Poonkoval Nachiyaar
Location: Tirukkovilur      Travelbase: Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India
Legend has it that Vishnu took the form of Vamana, to subdue the demon king Mahabali; took on an enormous form and conquered the earth and the heavens and upon being offered Mahabali's head as the resting point for his foot, banished him to the netherworld. Legend has it that Mrikandu Maharishi worshipped Vishnu here as Trivikrama. ... ...
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43. Tirukkachchi
tirukkachchi
also known as Attiyuran
Deity: Varadaraja Perumal, Devaraja Perumal     Consort: Mahadevi, Perundevi Taayaar
Location: Kanchipuram      Travelbase: Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
The name Hastigiri is applied in the connotation of Gajendra moksham and from the legend that Indras elephant Airavatam - in the form of a hill bears the image of Vishnu. The name Attiyurar emerges from the tradition, that the original image of Varadaraja Perumaal here was made from Attimaram. This ancient wooden image is worshipped for 10 days, once in 40 years. Legend has it that Bhrama worshipped Vishnu in Krita yugam, Gajendran in Treta Yugam, Bhrihaspati in Dwapara Yugam and Adiseshan in K... ...
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44. Ashtabhuyakaram
ashtabhuyakaram
Deity: Adikesava Perumal, Ashtabhuja Perumaal, Gajendravaradan     Consort: Padmasini, Alarmelmanga
Location: Kanchipuram      Travelbase: Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
Addr. Ref: 1 KMs from Kanchipuram
This temple is associated with the legend of Gajendra Moksham (as in the Varadaraja Perumaal Koyil and Kapistalam), where it is believed that a devout elephant Gajendran, who was in the habit of making an offering of lotus flowers from the Ashtabhuja temple tank, to Vishnu was caught by the grip of a crocodile. The pleas of the elephant were answered by Vishnu who vanquished the elephant with his disc. Legend has it that Peyalwar was blessed with a vision of Gajendramoksham at this shrine. Legen... ...
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45. Tiruttankaa
tiruttankaa
Deity: Deepaprakasar     Consort: Maragatavalli
Location: Kanchipuram      Travelbase: Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
Legend has it that the demons darkened the world in an attempt to disturb the yagna (ritual) conducted by Bhrama; Vishnu is said to have manifested himself as bright light, to enable the yagna to continue unimpeded, hence the name Deepaprakasar. ... ...
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46. Tiruvelukkai
tiruvelukkai
Deity: Narasimha, Azhagiyasingar, Mukunda Nayaka     Consort: Amrtitavalli, Velukkaivalli
Location: Kanchipuram      Travelbase: Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
Legend has it that Narasimhar while in his Hastisaila cave (the Attigiri sanctum hill in the Varadaraja Perumaal temple, with the cave shrine to Narasimhar), manifested himself yet again as Narasimhar, and proceeded westward to banish the asura demons from the vicinity, where he stood in the posture of Yoga Narasimha, in what is known now as Tiruvelukkai. The word Vel means desire; since Narasimha, out of desire for this place, resided here, this shrine is known as Tiruvelukkai. Legend also has ... ...
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47. Tiru Neeragam
tiru neeragam
Deity: Jagadeeswara     Consort: Nilamangavalli
Location: Kanchipuram      Travelbase: Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
This Divya Desam is represented by a small shrine in the Northern prakaram of the {ID: 50 Ulagalanda Perumal Temple in Kanchipuram} enshrining a festival image of Vishnu. ... ...
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48. Tiruppaadakam
tiruppaadakam
Deity: Pandava Dhoota Perumal     Consort: Rukmini, Satyabhama
Location: Kanchipuram      Travelbase: Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
Legend has it that the descendant of the Pandavas Janamejayan, heard of the the legend of the great epic Mahabharatam from Vaisampayana, and was fascinated by the epic instance of Krishna proceeding to Hastinapuram as a messanger of the Pandavas. He is believed to have performed the Aswamedha sacrifice, and meditated upon Krishna and at the conclusion of the sacrifice, Krishna is said to have appeared before him as Pandava Dhootar at Kanchipuram. This Divya Desam is located in Chinna Kanchipuram... ...
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49. Tirunilaattingal Tundam
tirunilaattingal tundam
Deity: Nilaattingal Tundattaan     Consort: Nilaattingal Tundattaayaar
Location: Kanchipuram      Travelbase: Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
Legend has it that Parvati meditated upon Shiva, in front of a Shivalingam fashioned out of earth, under a mango tree. It is believed that the mango tree withered unable to bear the scorching rays of Shiva's gaze, and that Vishnu the brother of Parvati, caused waves of nectar to rejuvenate the tree. Another legend has it that Vishnu distressed by the heat that emanated during the churning of the milky ocean meditated towards Shiva at Ekambam (Kanchi) and that the coolness of the moon adorning Sh... ...
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50. Tiru Oorakam
tiru oorakam
Deity: Trivikirama, Ulagalanda Perumaal     Consort: Amritavalli
Location: Kanchipuram      Travelbase: Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
Legend has it that Mahabali upon whom Vishnu placed his foot, during his Trivikrama Avataram, dominating the three worlds - desired to worship Vishnu in the form of Trivikrama (as he had not been able to see this form as Vishnu's foot had been placed on his head). Vishnu is said to have answered his prayers by appearing in front of him as Trivikrama at Kanchipuram (Satyavrata Kshetram). As Mahabali was not able to comprehend the immensity of this manifestation, Vishnu is said to have manifested ... ...
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51. Tiruvegkaa
tiruvegkaa
Deity: Yatotkaara Perumaal     Consort: Komalavalli
Location: Kanchipuram      Travelbase: Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
Legend has it that Poikai Alwar, among the first of the Alwars, was discovered on a lotus flower in the Poikai Pushkarini. Legend also has it that the Vegavati (Saraswati) river, came flowing in spate, to destroy the yagna (ritual) being performed by Bhrama. Upon being implored by the Devas and Bhrama, Vishnu, manifested himself in a reclining position , across the river, damming it. The word Vegavati Anai (dam), is the root of the name Vegkaa. The same legend is told at the Varadarajar temple ... ...
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52. Tirukkaarakam
tirukkaarakam
Deity: Karunakara Perumal     Consort: Padmamani Nachiyaar
Location: Kanchipuram      Travelbase: Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
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53. Tirukkaarvaanam
tirukkaarvaanam
Deity: Kalvar     Consort: Kamalavalli
Location: Kanchipuram      Travelbase: Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
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54. Tirukkalvanoor
tirukkalvanoor
Deity: Aadi Varaha Perumal     Consort: Anjilaivalli Naachiyaar
Location: Kanchipuram      Travelbase: Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
Legend has it that Parvati meditated upon Shiva, under a mango tree at Kanchipuram to be united with him in marriage. She sought Vishnu (Vamana) her brother's help in her endeavour, and with his help, her prayers were answered. Vishnu is enshrined in a small shrine in the Kamakshi Amman temple. The name Kalvan is attributed to the legend that Parvati sighting Vishnu overhearing a conversation between Lakshmi and Parvati, addressed him as Kalvan. Another legend has it that Kamakshi meditated up... ...
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55. Tiruppavalavannam
tiruppavalavannam
Deity: Pavalavannan, Pravala Varneeswarar     Consort: Pavalavalli
Location: Kanchipuram      Travelbase: Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
Legend has it that Bhrigu Maharishi and Parvati worshipped Vishnu here. ... ...
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56. Parameswara Vinnagaram
parameswara vinnagaram
Deity: Vaikuntha Natha     Consort: Vaikuntha Valli
Location: Kanchipuram      Travelbase: Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
Legend has it that the Dwarapalakas of Vishnu were reborn as the children of the king of Vidarbha - Villavan and Pallavan. These Princes, are said to have performed the Aswamedha sacrifice here, and Vishnu is said to have appeared in front of them in answer to their prayers. Ramanujacharya and Manavaalamaamuni are said to have visited this shrine. ... ...
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57. Tirupputkuzhi
tirupputkuzhi
Deity: Vijayaraghava Perumaal     Consort: Maragatavalli
Location: Tirupputkuzhi      Travelbase: Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
Addr. Ref: 11 KMs from Kanchipuram. 11 KMs from Kanchipuram,80 KMs from Chennai
Legend has it that when Rama, estranged from Sita performed the last rites to the bird Jatayu here, Jatayu is believed to created the Jatayu theertham here. The sanctum bears an image of Vishnu with Jatayu on his lap. Sridevi's and Bhu Devi's positions are reversed. ... ...
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58. Tiruninravur
tiruninravur
Deity: Bhaktavatsala Perumaal     Consort: Sudhaa valli
Location: Tiruninravur      Travelbase: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Legend has it that Varuna worshipped Vishnu here. Legend also has it that Perumal visited this village and made it his home; Lakshmi followed him, and stayed here too (hence the name Tiruninra oor); Vishnu then appeared in front of a Pallava ruler, and directed him to build the temple and arrange for the annual Bhramotsavam and Pavitrotsavam. ... ...
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59. Tiruevvuloor
tiruevvuloor
Deity: Veeraraghavaswamy     Consort: Kanakavalli, Vasumati
Location: Tiruvalloor Near Tiruttani     Travelbase: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Legend has it that Vishnu blessed Salihotra Munivar and revealed the Vedas to Bhrama here. The name Tiruevvull comes from Perumaal's question (in Tamil) to Salihotra Muni 'Uraidarkuria Ull Evvull'. Legend has it that Vishnu in the guise of a human, requested the rishi for food and shelter, and posed the above question to the Rishi. Upon being pointed to his hut, Vishnu spent the night there, covering himself with the bark of trees. It was only the following morning that the rishi realized that h... ...
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60. Tiruvallikkeni
tiruvallikkeni
Deity: Venkatakrishnaswamy, Parthasarathy, Ranganatha     Consort: Vedavalli
Location: Tiruvallikkeni      Travelbase: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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61. Tiruneermalai
tiruneermalai
Deity: Neervannan, Shanta Narasimha, Ranganatha     Consort: Animamalarmangai, Ranga nayaki
Location: Pallavaram      Travelbase: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Legend has it that Valmiki worshipped the three forms of Vishnu on the hill, and upon meditating upon Rama after climbing down the hill, Ranganathar manifested himself as Rama, Lakshmi as Janaki, Adiseshan as Lakshmanan, the conch and the discus as Shatrugna and Bhararata, Viswaksena as Sugreeva, Garuda as Hanuman, and appeared before him. It is a complex of two temples, one on top of a small hill reached through a flight of stairs, with three shrines, and one at the bottom of a hill, with one s... ...
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62. Tiruvidandai
tiruvidandai
also known as Sripuri
Deity: Varaha Moorthy, Nitya Kalyana Perumaal     Consort: Akilavallinachiyaar
Location: Vandalur Near Mahabalipuram     Travelbase: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Addr. Ref: 42 KMs from Chennai
The Moolavar Aadi Varaaha Perumaal is portrayed as a 9 feet high image, with his consort on his left thigh; Aadi Seshan and his consort are seen supporting him. Legend has it that a sage by name Galavamuni had 360 daughters, and he offered them in marriage to Vishnu, who appeared in front of him as a Bhrammachari of the Kasyapa gotram. One after the other was given in marriage to him each day. On the final day, Vishnu appeared in the form of VarahaMurthy, combined all the 360 brides into one per... ...
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63. Tirukkadalmallai
tirukkadalmallai
Deity: Stalasayana Perumal     Consort: Nilamangai Taayaar
Location: Maamallapuram      Travelbase: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Legend has it that Pundarika Muni, armed with a basket laden with (taamarasa) flowers proceeded eastward, to worship Vishnu as KsheeraptiNathan (the lord of the milky ocean); in his devotional fervour, attempted to drain the waters of the ocean to reach his goal. Vishnu appeared in front of him as an aged devotee and the devout rishi proceded to find a means to feed him, and in the meanwhile, Vishnu provided him with a vision of the grand Anantasayanam at the same spot, adorned with flowers from... ...
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64. Tirukkatikai
tirukkatikai
Deity: Bhaktavatsala Perumaal, Yoga Narasimha, Yoga Anjaneya     Consort: Amrtiavalli
Location: Sholinghur Near Arakkonam     Travelbase: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
It is believed that those afflicted with psychological ailments, find cure upon residing here. There is also a legend that this hallowed hill which arose out of the surrounding plains, continued to rise in height much to the chagrin of Indra, who requested Balaramar to press it down to its present height. Hanuman had manifested himself in this form. Hanuman is believed to have been sent here by Rama to help a ruler kill demons in this area. Valmiki is said to have worshipped here. Another legend... ...
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65. Ayodhya
ayodhya
Deity: Sri Rama     Consort: Sita
Location: Ayodhya      Travelbase: Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Ayodhya is believed to be a component of Vaikuntham, given to Manu by Vishnu, and installed on the banks of the Sarayu. ... ...
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66. Naimisaranya
naimisaranya
Deity: Sri Hari, Deva Raja     Consort: Hari Lakshmi, Pundareekavalli
Location: Naimisaranya      Travelbase: Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Addr. Ref: 45 KMs from Lucknow
Vishnu is is considered to be an Aranya Swaroopi, or in other words, the forest of Naimisaranyam, hallowed earlier on by the discourses on the great epics of India, by Vyasa Muni and Suka Muni - is considered as a manifestation of Vishnu and held in reverence and worship. The forest is considered to have been the abode of 60000 sages. The Vayu Purana and the Bhrammanda Purana state that that Bhrama sent out a manomaya wheel (chakram) after worshipping Shiva, and that this wheel after moving arou... ...
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67. Joshi Mutt
joshi mutt
Deity: Parama Purusha     Consort: Parimalavalli
     Travelbase: Rishikesh, Uttaranchal, India
Addr. Ref: 190 KMs from Rishikesh. 14 KMs from Helang,190 KMs from Rishikesh
Adi Sankara authored Sri Sankara Bhashyam here. There are temples to Narasimha and Vasudeva, built by Adi Sankaracharya here. Joshimath, is the first mutt established by Shri Adi Sankara. Adi Sankara authored Sri Sankara Bhashyam here. The presiding deity Lord Narasimha is established by Adi Sankara. ... ...
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68. Deva Prayag
deva prayag
Deity: Sri Rama     Consort: Sita
     Travelbase: Rishikesh, Uttaranchal, India
Addr. Ref: 70 KMs from Rishikesh
There is an ancient temple established by Adi Sankaracharya here, enshrining Rama (Raghunathji); there are also shrines to Hanuman, Badrinathji, Kaala Bhairavar, and Shiva here. Bhrama, Dasaratha and Rama are said to have prayed here. ... ...
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69. Badrinath
badrinath
Deity: Badri Narayan     Consort: Aravindavalli
     Travelbase: Rishikesh, Uttaranchal, India
The image of Badrinarayanar here is fashioned out of Saligramam. Badrrinarayana is seen under the badari tree, flanked by Kuberan and Garudan, Naradar, Narayana and Nara. The Bhrama Kapalam north of the temple on the banks of the Ganga, is the site of performance of remembrance rites for the ancestors. Behind the temple of Badrinarayanar is the Lakshmi Narasimha mandir, with shrines to Desikacharyar and Ramanujacharya.. Badrinath stays closed 6 months a year from Deepavali all the way until the ... ...
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70. Salagrama
salagrama
Deity: Sri Moorthy     Consort: Sri Devi
     Travelbase: Kathmandu, Nepal, Nepal
Addr. Ref: 140 KMs from Kathmandu. 140 KMs from Kathmandu,16 KMs from Damodara Kundam
Damodara Kundam, the birth place of Gandaki River - where Salagramas are available. ... ...
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71. Mathura
mathura
Deity: Govardhana     Consort: Radha
Near Delhi     Travelbase: Delhi, Delhi, India
Addr. Ref: 26 KMs from Govardhan,10 KMs from Brindavan
Legend has it that Shatrugna (brother of Rama), vanquished the demon Lavanasura, and built the city of Mathura. ... ...
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72. Gokul
gokul
Deity: Navamohan Krishna     Consort: Rukmini, Satyabhama
Near Mathura     Travelbase: Delhi, Delhi, India
Addr. Ref: 12 KMs from Mathura
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74. Ahobilam
ahobilam
Deity: Narasimha, Prahlada Varada     Consort: Amritavalli
Near Nandyal     Travelbase: Cuddapah, Andhra Pradesh, India
This Nava Narasimha Kshetram enshrines Ahobila Narasimha, Varaha Narasimha, Malola Narasimha, Yogananda Narasimhan, Bhavana Narasimha, Kaarancha Narasimhan, Chakra Vada Narasimhan, Bhargava Narasimha and Jwala Narasimha. The two crests of the hill are caled Vedadri and Garudadri, through which the Bhavanasini Thirtham flows. There is a pillar near the Ugra Narasimhar and the Guha Narasimhar shrine; said to be the pillar, facing which the demon Hiranyakasipu asked Prahlada to demonstrate the omni... ...
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75. Tirupathi
tirupathi
Deity: Sri Venkateswara, Balaji, Srinivasa     Consort: Almelmanga, Padmavathi
Location: Tirumala      Travelbase: Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh, India
Tirupathi is a cluster of three temples: The hill temple enshrining Srinivasa, the Govindaraja temple near the Tirupati railway station, on the ground and the Tiruchanur temple enshrining Padmavati. ... ...
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76. Tirunavaya
tirunavaya
Deity: Narayana, Nava Mukunda     Consort: Malarmangai Naachiyaar
Location: Kalikota Near Malappuram     Travelbase: Thrissur, Kerala, India
Addr. Ref: 16 KMs from Shoranur
The name Tirunaavaai is said to have stemmed from the legend that nine yogis offered worship here. Legend has it that Lakshmi and Gajendran the king of elephants worshipped Vishnu here with lotus flowers from a lake;with two devotees using flowers from the same source, supply dwindled, and Gajendran appealed to Vishnu, who took Lakshmi by his side on the same throne and accepted worship offered by Gajendran. The name of the theertham Senkamala saras arises from the legend of the lotus filled lak... ...
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77. Tiruvithuvakkodu
tiruvithuvakkodu
Deity: Uyyavanda Perumaal, Abhaya Pradhana Perumaal     Consort: Padmapani Naachiyaar
Location: Tiruvinjikode      Travelbase: Thrissur, Kerala, India
Given the four Vishnu images and the sanctum enshrining Shiva this temple is popularly known as anjumoorthy koyil.. Legend has it that Vishnu appeared in four forms here (Vyuhavataram - Pradyumna, Aniruddha, Sankharshana and Para Vasudeva) in response to worship by Ambarishan and was worshipped by the Pandavas here. Ambarishan is said to have obtained salvation here. Of the four images of Vishnu seen here, Yuddhishtra is said to have worshipped the one in the center, Bhima the one on the left, A... ...
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78. Tirukkaatkarai
tirukkaatkarai
Deity: Vamana     Consort: Perunchelva Naayaki
Location: Tirukkaatkarai      Travelbase: Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Addr. Ref: 12 KMs from Ernakulam
Legends even associate the Kapila theertham with the source of water with which Mahabali Chakravarti symbolically made his offering of land to Vamana. Legend has it that Mahabali returns to the earth once a year during the Onam festival and that his return is marked by celebrations involving floral decorations and more.. A devout farmer, appalled by the lack of crop from his fields of plantain trees, worshipped the deity here, with an offering of a bunch of plantains fashioned out of gold, upon ... ...
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79. Moozhikkalam
moozhikkalam
Deity: Moozhikkalattappan, Lakshmana Perumaal     Consort: Madhuraveni Naachiyaar
Location: Moozhikkalam Near Alwaye     Travelbase: Ernakulam, Kerala, India
This shrine is associated with legends from the Ramayanam. Legend has it that while Bharata the brother of Rama and Lakshmana, came to invite Rama, then in exile, to take over the reins of the kingdom, an angry Lakshmana suspecting Bharata's intentions intended to kill him; however, Bharata's innocence was very soon revealed, and then the two of them offered worship together at Tirumoozhikkalam. The name Tirumoozhikalam is said to have originated from the phrase tiru mozhi kalam the site where... ...
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80. Tiruvalla
tiruvalla
Deity: Vallabha, Kolappiraan     Consort: Vaatsalya Devi
Location: Tiruvalla Near Kottayam     Travelbase: Kottayam, Kerala, India
Vallabha is portrayed as bearing a conch, a discus and a lotus. Interestingly, devotees offer to sponsor kathakali performances as their offering to the temple. Those whose prayers are answered offer to have a performance arranged here, as a token of acknowledgement and as a gesture of support of the arts.. ... ...
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81. Tirukkodittaanam
tirukkodittaanam
Deity: Amrita Narayana     Consort: Karpakavalli
Location: Tirukkodittaanam Near Chenganacheri     Travelbase: Kottayam, Kerala, India
Legend has it that this temple was built by Sahadeva of the Pandavas. It is also believed that this village was ruled by Rukmangatha, a king of Surya Vamshee. ... ...
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82. Tiruchenkunroor
tiruchenkunroor
Deity: Imaiavarappan     Consort: Senkamalavalli
Location: Chenganur      Travelbase: Kottayam, Kerala, India
Legend has it that Dharmaputra (Yuddhishtra) offered worship to Vishnu, seeking pardon for his act on the battlefield, where he uttered the words 'Ashwattaama hatah kunjaraha' in an attempt to deceive Drona and lead him to a defenceless state where Arjuna brought his (Drona's) life to an end. . ... ...
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83. Tiruppuliyur
tiruppuliyur
Deity: Maayappiraan     Consort: Porkodi Naachiyaar
Location: Tiruppuliyur Near Chengannur     Travelbase: Kottayam, Kerala, India
Legend has it that Bhima the Pandava prince built this temple and worshipped Vishnu here. . A colorful legend regarding the saptarishis and a great famine that occurred in this area is associated with this temple. Other local legends associated with feudal warfare amongst the local rulers and the priests are also associated with this temple. It is believed that this temple lay without worship for a 200 year period after which it was consecrated and reopened. At Malanad near Kollam there is a tem... ...
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84. Aranmula
aranmula
also known as Tiruvaaranvilai
Deity: Parthasarathy, Tirukkuralappan     Consort: Padmasini
Near Chengannur     Travelbase: Kottayam, Kerala, India
Addr. Ref: 9 KMs from Chengannur
Legend has it that the Pandava princes, after crowning Parikshit left on a pilgrimage of India, and in Kerala, each of these brothers installed Vishnu on the banks of the Pampa and nearby places and offered worship. (Chengannur - Yuddhishtra, Tiruppuliyur - Bheema, Aranmula - Arjuna, Tiruvamundur - Nakula and Tirukkadittaanam - Sahadeva). It is said that Arjuna built this temple at Nilackal near Sabarimalai. and the image was brought here in a raft made of six pieces of bamboo to this site, and... ...
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85. Tiruvamundur
tiruvamundur
Deity: Kamalanatha, Pambaniyappa     Consort: Kamalavalli
Location: Chengannur      Travelbase: Kottayam, Kerala, India
Addr. Ref: 6 KMs from Chengannur
Legend has it that Nakula the Pandava prince built this temple. Narada is believed to have been blessed here with the duty of preaching the truth to humanity. . Vishnu is said to have created a text describing the protocol to be adopted for worshipping him, at this shrine.. ... ...
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86. Tiruvananthapuram
tiruvananthapuram
Deity: Anantha Padmanabha     Consort: Hari Lakshmi
Location: Tiruvananthapuram      Travelbase: Tiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
An interesting legend surrounds the origin of the imposing image. A rishi by name Divakara Yogi, who was engaged in the worship of Vishnu, was enraged by the sight of a two year old toddler swallowing his Salagramam, the object of his worship. The toddler, upon being chased by the yogi, entered a tree; the tree split, and Vishnu revealed himself in all his splendour to the Rishi, who then requested him to assume a form that could be held in worship, upon which Vishnu assumed the form of the imag... ...
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87. Tiruvattar
tiruvattar
Deity: Aadi Kesava Perumaal     Consort: Maragatavalli
Location: Tiruvattar      Travelbase: Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, India
Legend has it that Vishnu vanquished the demons Kesa and Kesi ,(hence the name Aadi Kesan) and took abode on the coils of Aadi Seshan here at Tiruvattaar. Kesi took on the form of the Tamraparani river. Shiva is believed to have taken on 12 forms to witness the battle between Vishnu and Kesi, and worship Vishnu. A pilgrimage to all of the 12 Shiva temples is considered complete after visiting this temple at Tiruvattaar. The balipeetha mandapam has life sized images of Lakshmana, Indrajit, Natara... ...
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88. Tirupatisaaram
tirupatisaaram
also known as Tirruvannparisaaram
Deity: Tirukkuralappan, Venkatachalapathi     Consort: Kamalavalli
Location: Tirupatisaaram      Travelbase: Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, India
Legend has it that Lakshmi fearing the fierce form of Narasimha following his slaying Hiranya, meditated upon him; Vishnu upon assuming a Shanta Swaroopam upon Prahladan's request, proceded in search of Lakshmi, who assumed his chest as her permanent abode (Shria Pati Sancharam hence Tirupatisaram). Legend has it that Vibhishana was blessed with a vision of the coronation of Rama, here at Tirupatisaaram (while returning to Lanka). Venkatachalapati is flanked by 6 of the saptarishis in the sanctu... ...
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89. Tirukkurunkudi
tirukkurunkudi
Deity: Azhagiyanambi     Consort: Kurunkudivalli Naachiyaar
Location: Tirukkurunkudi Near Nanguneri     Travelbase: Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India
Legend has it that Vishnu in the disguise of a disciple, obtained Sree Vaishnava initiation from his beloved devotee Ramanunacharya and hence the name Vaishnava Nambi.. Legend also has it that Shiva obtained alms from Tirukkurunkudivalli (Lakshmi), in the skull of Bhrama's fifth head, which had gotten stuck to his palms, after he had removed it from Bhrama's self. Vishnu is said to have taught the Sudarshana Mantram to Shiva at this shrine. It is also believed that the river Silambaaru was creat... ...
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90. Tiruchireevaramangai
tiruchireevaramangai
also known as Vanamamalai
Deity: Totadrinaathan     Consort: Sireevaramangaittaayaar
Location: Nanguneri      Travelbase: Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India
Legend has it that when Vishnu vanquished the Madhukaitapa demons, Bhudevi, fearing that she had lost her purity, meditated upon Vishnu at this shrine. Vishnu is believed to have blessed her, and taken this abode, along with his consorts Sri Devi and Bhudevi as in Vaikuntham. The celestial nymphs Urvashi and Tilottama are said to have worshipped Vishnu here. Their images, bearing the Chaamaram fanning the deity, are seen in the sanctum. Legend also has it that Bhrahma, Indra, Bhrigu muni and Mar... ...
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91. Tiruvaikuntham
tiruvaikuntham
Deity: Vaikuntha Natha     Consort: Vaikuntha Valli, Bhu Devi
Location: Sree Vaikuntham      Travelbase: Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India
Also located in this village is the Kailasanathar temple considered to be one of the Navagraha Stalam temples in the Tirunelveli area, enshrining Saneeswaran, owing to which, this village is also referred to as Tirukkayilayam. Legend has it that a local thief, was in the habit of surrendering half of his spoils to the deity here; upon being caught stealing at the local ruler's palace, Vishnu assumed the form of a thief, and preached the truth to the king and revealed his self. Upon the king's re... ...
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92. Tiruvaragunamangai
tiruvaragunamangai
also known as Varagunamangai
Deity: Vijayaasana Perumaal     Consort: Varagunavalli Taayaar
Location: Naththam Near Sree Vaikuntham     Travelbase: Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India
Addr. Ref: 2 KMs from Sree Vaikuntham
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93. Tiruppulinkudi
tiruppulinkudi
Deity: Kaaisinavendan     Consort: Malarmagal Naachiyaar
Location: Pulinkudi Near Sree Vaikuntham     Travelbase: Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India
Legend has it that Indra worshipped Vishnu here to rid himself of the Bhramahatya Dosham.. Legend also has it that Bhudevi envious of Sridevi fled and hid herself in the netherworld and that Vishnu and Sridevi pacified her; Vishnu Sridevi and Bhudevi are seen enshrined in the sanctum, Vishnu in a reclining posture, relieving himself of the exertion of having followed Bhudevi into the netherworld. ... ...
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94. Tiruttolaivillimangalam
tiruttolaivillimangalam
also known as Irattaittiruppati , Ketu Sthalam
Deity: Srinivasa, Aravindalochanan     Consort: Karuntadankanni
Near Sree Vaikuntham     Travelbase: Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India
Addr. Ref: 4 KMs from Melayur,2 KMs from Poompuhar,7 KMs from {ID: 98 Thiruvenkadu},38 KMs from Mayiladuturai
Legend has it that a man and a woman who had been cursed by Kuberan to assume the forms of a measuring scale (Tulai) and a bow (Villi), were relieved of their curse by a sage Atreya Suprabha here, hence the name Tulaivillimangalam. . Legend also has it that Indra, Vayu and Varuna worshipped Vishnu here. The senthaamaraikkannan. Aravindalochanan temple has a different set of legends related to the Ashwini twins worshipping Vishnu here with red lotus flowers. ... ...
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95. Tirukkulandai
tirukkulandai
also known as Perunkulam
Deity: Srinivasa     Consort: Almelmanga
Near Sree Vaikuntham     Travelbase: Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India
Legend has it that Kamalavati, a devotee of Vishnu meditated upon him to attain him as her husband; Vishnu is said to have appeared before her, and embraced her along with his Kousthubha Mani; this shrine is known as Paalikai vanam, owing to the legend that 'Paalikai' worshipped Vishnu here.. Legend also has it that Vishnu danced here and vanquished a demon by name Asmasaran, hence the name Mayakkooththan.. Legend also has it that Brihaspati the preceptor of the Devas worshipped Vishnu here. ... ...
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96. Tirukkolur
tirukkolur
also known as Angarakastalam
Deity: Vaittha Maanidhi Perumaal     Consort: Kumudavalli, Kolurvalli
Near Tiruchendur     Travelbase: Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India
Legend has it that Kubera was cursed by Parvati and was absolved of his curse here. The nine forms of wealth are said to have left Parvati, following her curse, and meditated upon Vishnu here. Vishnu is believed to be the protector of the nine forms of wealth. It is also believed that righteousness (dharma) defeated evil (adharma) here.. ... ...
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97. Tirupperai
tirupperai
Deity: Makara Nedunkulhai kaadan     Consort: Kuzhaikkaaduvalli Naachiyaar
Location: Tentirupperai Near Tiruchendur     Travelbase: Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India
Legend has it that Bhudevi took the form of Lakshmi (Sreebherai) and bathed in the Tamrabarani river on a full moon day in the Tamil month of Pankuni, where she discovered two fish shaped ear rings, which she offered to Vishnu and hence the name Makara Nedunkuzhaikkaadan.. Varuna, is believed to have worshipped Vishnu with an abhishekam on the full moon day in the month of Pankuni, to absolve himself of the sin of having insulted his Guru.. ... ...
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98. Alwar Tirunagari
alwar tirunagari
also known as Budha Sthalam , Tirukkurukoor
Deity: Aadi Natha     Consort: Aadi Natha Valli
Location: Alwar Tirunagari Near Tiruchendur     Travelbase: Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India
Legend has it that Indra was absolved of his curse here. It is believed that Lakshmana incarnated as the tamarind tree here.. Vishnu is believed to have been under a vow of celibacy, when Lakshmi meditated upon him to marry him and therefore Vishnu took her in the form of a garland of flowers (magizha malar maalai).. There is another legend that Agasthyar had been blessed by Shiva, that a saint (Nammalwar) will be born in this area, who would enthrone the language tamil to a status equal to that... ...
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99. Srivilliputtur
srivilliputtur
also known as Tiruvilliputtur
Deity: Vatapatrasayee, Rangamannar     Consort: Andal
Location: Srivilliputtur      Travelbase: Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India
The name Villiputtur stems from the legend that this town was built by two hunters Villi and Puttan. Legend has it that Periyalwar a devotee of Vatapatrasaayee, served the temple, by fashioning garlands out of fresh flowers from the garden which he maintained. Andal his daughter (discovered in the temple garden) was in the habit of wearing the garland prior to submitting them to the deity. An aghast Periyalwar, tried to stop Andal's deed, and was directed by the deity, that he indeed preferred g... ...
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100. Tiruttankaal
tiruttankaal
Deity: Ninra Narayana     Consort: Senkamala Taayaar
Location: Tiruttankaal Near Srivilliputtur (Virudunagar)     Travelbase: Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India
Addr. Ref: 3 KMs from Sivakasi
To Perumaal's right is Sree Devi (Anna Nayaki), while to his left are Bhu Devi (Amrita Nayaki) and Jambavati. The image of Garuda is portrayed bearing a serpent and a pot of nectar. Legend also has it that there was a conflict between Sri Devi, Bhu Devi and Nila Devi as to who was superior. Sri Devi left her abode and settled down at Tiruttankaal, as Arunakamala Mahadevi and was worshipped by one and all. She meditated upon Vishnu desiring that he be with her. Vishnu answered her prayers; Bhu De... ...
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101. Madurai
madurai
also known as Tirukkoodal
Deity: Koodalazhagar     Consort: Maduravalli
Location: Madurai      Travelbase: Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
The name Koodal stems from the legend that at the behest of Vishnu, four clouds gathered at Madurai in the form of tall buildings, and prevented a deluge from overpowering the city. One can climb up and take a closer look at the Ashtanga Vimanam which enshrines Pallikonda Perumal in one of its levels, and Surya Narayanan in a standing posture in the other. This aspect of a vimanam enshrining three different postures of Vishnu is similar to that at the Vaikuntha Perumaal temple at Kanchipuram. ... ...
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102. Tirumaaliruncholai
tirumaaliruncholai
also known as Azhagar Koyil
Deity: Kallazhagar, Sundara Raja, Rishabha Natha     Consort: Sundaravalli, Sridevi
Location: Madurai      Travelbase: Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Addr. Ref: 18 KMs from Madurai
Legend has it that the Somasundara Vimanam, also known as the Somaskanda Vimanam or the Somachanda Vimanam was designed by Viswakarma. Legend has it that this shrine was built by Dharma Deva, upon whose request Vishnu took this place as his permanent abode. The hill nearby resembles the shape of a cow, and hence the name Vrishabhadri. The doors of the temple over the famous 18 steps in this temple, are considered to be a manifestation of Karuppannasami who is considered to be the gurardian deity... ...
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103. Tirumugur
tirumugur
Deity: Kaalamegha Perumaal     Consort: Mogurvalli, Mohanavalli
Location: Tirumugur      Travelbase: Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Addr. Ref: 10 KMs from Madurai
Legend has it that Vishnu distributed the celestial nectar Amritam to the Devas, in the guise of the enchantress Mohini, and hence the name Mohanakshetram or Mohanapuram.. Legend has it that Pulastya muni had a vision of Vishnu here at this shrine.. Legend has it that a drop of the celestial nectar amritam fell into the temple tank. ... ...
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104. Tirukkottiyur
tirukkottiyur
Deity: Sowmya Narayana Perumal, Uragamellanaiyaan     Consort: Tirumaamagal Naachiyaar
Location: Tiruppattur Near Karaikkudi     Travelbase: Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Addr. Ref: 10 KMs from Madurai
This temple is known for its association with Ramanujar, who revealed the significance of the Narayana Mantram to the (for the benefit of the) surrounding humanity from the top of the temple tower here, against the wishes of Tirukkottiyur Nambi who had initiated him. The name Tirukkottiyur stems from the legend that the Devas came as a congregation to worship Vishnu to request him to rid the Universe of the demon Hiranyakasipa. The first level enshrines Vishnu in a reclining posture, in response... ...
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105. Tiruppullaani
tiruppullaani
Deity: Kalyana Jagannathan     Consort: Kalyanavalli, Padmasini
Location: Tiruppullaani Near Ramanathapuram     Travelbase: Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, India
There are two shrines here one enshrining Rama in the Darbasayana pose, signifying his resting here and invoking Varuna for help in crossing the ocean, enroute to Sri Lanka in search of Sita and another shrine to Pattabhirama. Rama is said to have blessed Kanva Rishi with a divine bow.. Devipatnam nearby houses the Nava Pashana shrines, representing the Nava Grahams, worshipped by Rama. Belief has it that barren women beget progeny upon worshipping at Devipatnam and Tiruppullani and residing her... ...
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106. Tirumayam
tirumayam
Deity: Satyagirinatha     Consort: Uyyavanda Naachiyaar
Location: Tirumayam Near Pudukkottai     Travelbase: Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
Legend has it that the demons who surreptitiously tried to steal the image of Perumal were warded off by the poisonous fumes emitted by Adi Seshan, who stood guard. The fort has entrances in the north, south and southeast directions whose guardian deities are believed to be Bhairava, Hanuman, Shakti and Ganapati, and the grama devata karuppu. ... ...
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107. Ksheera Saagaram
ksheera saagaram
Deity: Ksheerabdhi Natha     Consort: Sri Devi, Bhu Devi
Location: Celestial Abode      Travelbase: Celestial Abode, ,
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108. Vaikuntham
vaikuntham
Deity: Sri Maha Vishnu, Parama Pada Natha     Consort: Sri Devi, Bhu Devi
Location: Celestial Abode      Travelbase: Celestial Abode, ,
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