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108 Divya Desams

108 Divya Desams



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108 Divya Desams
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Guide to
Tamarapu Sampath Kumaran
About the Author

Mr T Sampath Kumaran is a freelance writer. He regularly contributes articles on
Management, Business, Ancient Temples and Temple Architecture to many leading
Dailies and Magazines.

His articles for the young is very popular in \u201cThe Young World section\u201d of
He was associated in the production of two Documentary films on Nava Tirupathi
Temples, and Tirukkurungudi Temple in the Tirunelveli District of Tamilnadu.
His book on \u201cThe Path of Ramanuja\u201d and the e-book in CD format on \u201c275 Siva
sthalams\u201d have been well received in the religious circles.

Tirth Yatras or pilgrimages have been an integral part of Hinduism. Pilgrimages are
considered quite important by the ritualistic followers of Sanathana dharma. There are a
few centers of sacredness, which are held at high esteem by the ardent devotees who
dream to travel and worship God in these holy places. All these holy sites have some
mythological significance attached to them. When people go to a temple, they say they go
for Darsan \u2013 of the image of the presiding deity. The pinnacle act of Hindu worship is to
stand in the presence of the deity and to look upon the image so as to see and be seen by
the deity and to gain the blessings.

There are thousands of pilgrimage sites \u2013 Kshetrams - renowned for their divine images.
And it is for the Darsan of these divine images as well the pilgrimage places themselves -
which are believed to be the natural places where Gods have dwelled, - the pilgrimage is
made. Of these, 108 Kshetrams \u2013 Divya Desams \u2013 are considered holy by the
Sri Vaishnavas.

This book is compiled as a reference guide to the visiting pilgrims, and the information is
compiled from several authentic sources, and scriptures of SriVedantha Desikar and
Manavala Mahamuni. I express my grateful thanks to the H R & C E Department of
Tamilnadu and the Archaeological Survey of India, Southern Circle who have permitted
to interact with officials at various Divya Desams in the compilation of the text. Several
learned scholars and priests at these shetrams have been kind enough to give supportive

References from the works of Kandadai Sri Tiruvenkatacharya, Kandadai Sri
Krishnamacharya, Sri Periavachan Pillai, Sri Ramanuja Dasa, Sri K R R Sastry, Sri P B

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