Kumbakonam Divyadesam Yatra

The most revered abodes of Lord Vishnu

Eons ago, somewhere between the 5th and 8th century lived the twelve supreme devotees of Lord Vishnu. These twelve saints known as Azhvars(Alwars), through their collection of hymns known as Divya Prabhadha, sought to spread the divinity of Lord Vishnu far and wide. Divyadesams, the 108 abodes of Lord Vishnu praised by the saints are considered the most revered places of worship. Of the 108 abodes, there are eleven of them surrounding the vicinity of Kumbakonam. The journey to these temples seeking Lord's grace from the Kumbakonam divyadesam yatra.

Legend

The twelve alwar/azhvar Tamil poet-saints  helped revive the bhakti movement, through their songs of devotion to Vishnu. They were instrumental in popularising Vaishnavism through their hymns and poems. The verses of the azhwars were compiled as Divya Prabandha by Nathamuni, a 10th-century Vaishnavite theologian. In their verses, they praised the Divya Desams, 108 temples of the  Vaishnava deities. Of the 108 temples, 105 are in India, one is in Nepal, and last two are outside the earthly realms. The travel to these abodes of Vishnu and his incarnations are considered to be extremely pious. Kumbakonam region in Tamil Nadu has around eleven such sacred abodes of Lord Vishnu, the journey to which forms the Kumbakonam Divyadesam Yatra.

Deity - Temples

Deity : Lord Vishnu, Navagrahas

Temples Covered: -

Thiruvelliangudi - Sri Kola Valvill Ramar Temple
Thiru Adhanoor - Sri Aandu Alakkum Ayan Perumal Temple
Tirukkudandai - Sri Sarangapani Temple
Tiruppullambhootankudi - Sri Valvil Raman Temple
Kapisthalam - Sri Gajendra Varadhar Temple
Thiru Nandipura Vinnagaram - Sri Jagannathar Temple
Tirukoodalur - Thiru Aduthurai Perumal Temple
Thirunageswaram - Sri Oppiliappan Temple
Nachiyar Koil - Sri Nambi Perumal Temple
Tirucherai - Sri Saranathan Temple
Thiru kannamangai - Sri Bhakthavatsala Perumal Temple

Purpose

The Divyadesams are   the most revered places to offer worship to Lord Vishnu. Devotees who offer prayers at these temples are believed to attain 'moksha' or liberation from the cycle of birth.

Who can go?

Anyone with pious faith can undertake the Yatra.

Yatra Preparations

The best way to visit these temples is to keep your base at Kumbakonam.
It is advisable to book accommodation in advance.

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Area Covered

Tamil Nadu
Language spoken : Tamil

Auspicious Days

Vaikunta ekadshi is a special day in most of these Vishnu temples.

Best time to Travel

Kumbakonam divyadesam yatra can be done  anytime of the year. However it is advisable to avoid the hot summers.

Duration

2 days from Kumbakonam

Travel Method

All the temples can be reached by road.

Crowd Expected

As these temples are open throughout the year they are not usually very crowded. However, during  the days of the festivals, there is a flow of devotees from all around the country.

Festivals

Vaikunta ekadshi is a special day in most of these Vishnu temples.

Must Haves

Most of these temples lie is the vicinities of towns and hence  have access to essential items. Still, devotees are advised to carry water bottles, light snacks, essential medicines etc in their day pack. Light cotton clothing is best for the journey through this area. Western attire are not allowed in the temples of Tamil Nadu.

Health Awarness

Most of the temples have good medical facilities. Those travelling with aged and children, can split the journey to two or three days days.

Additional Info

Most of these temples are closed in the afternoon, so the trip has to be planned accordingly

Climate

The summers in this part of the country can be extremely hot and humid. The temperature rises upto the forties. Winter are pleasant with the average temperature in the twenties.

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