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Kanchipuram Divya Desam Yatra

Kanchi Divya Desam yatra - At the feet of Narayana

Their names mean 'those immersed in God'. And they were engrossed all their life in adoration towards the Lord, the twelve supreme devotees of Vishnu known as the Alwar(Azhvar) saints. They embraced the divinity of Lord Vishnu and expressed their reverence through their songs of devotion. The collection of their hymns known as Divya Prabandha, adopts 108 Vishnu temples as the most cherished places of worship. Of these, 14 temples are situated in the holy city of Kanchipuram. The journey to these temples is believed to liberate the devotees from the cycle of  birth and help attain salvation. The circuit of this Vishnu Kanchi region is popularly called the Kanchi Divya Desam yatra


Idolised in Vaishnavism are the twelve alwar/azhvar Tamil poet-saints who helped revive the bhakti movement, through their songs of devotion to Vishnu. They are believed to have lived from the 5th to 8th century. They were responsible in popularising Vaishnavism through their hymns of worship towards the Lord. 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.

Deity - Temples

Deity :- Lord Vishnu

Temples Covered :-

Sri Pachaai Vannan and Sri Pavala Vannar Temples
Sri Nilathingal Thundathan Temple inside Sri Ekaambareshwarar Temple
Sri Pandavar Perumal Temple
Sri Aadhi Varaha Perumal Temple inside Sri Kamakshi amman Temple
Sri Ulagalantha Perumal temple (4 Divyadesam shrines in the temple)
Sri Deepa Prakasar Perumal Temple                                            
Sri Aadhi Kesava Perumal Temple
Sri Azhagiya Singar Perumal Temple
Sri Yathothakaari Perumal Temple
Sri Vaikunta Perumal Temple
Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple


The Divyadesams are considered the most sanctified of 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. The Lord is also believed to end the problems and bring prosperity in the lives of his believers.

Who can go?

Any one with pious faith can undertake the yatra.

Yatra Preparations

The journey is not very strenuous and can be easily completed by anyone. Most of the temples are open only in the morning and evening, so plan the trip accordingly. Also expect heavy crowds and long queues during festival days.

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Area Covered

Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu
Language spoken : Tamil

Auspicious Days

Vaikunta Ekadashi is a special festive occasion in all these Vishnu temples.

Best time to Travel

The temples are opened throughout the year and can be visited any time of the year. It is prudent to avoid the sultry summer season. August to March would be a pleasant time to visit Kanchipuram.


The journey can be leisurely done in two days from Chennai. Some packages even complete the darshan in one day as all these temples are located quite close to one another.

Travel Method

All the Divya deism temples of Kanchipuram can be reached by a combination of air/rail and road. Some temples have steps to be climbed to reach the sanctum.

Crowd Expected

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


Vaikunta Ekadashi is a special festive occasion in all 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 dehydration salt packets, light snacks, essential medicines etc in their day pack. Light cotton clothing is best for the journey through this area.

Health Awarness

Most of these temples have good medical facilities in their vicinity.

Additional Info

Most of the temples are closed in the afternoon. Most packages utilise this time for visiting the famous silk weaving centres in Kanchipuram.


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 low twenties.

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