Around Bangalore (draft) (new) Udipi-Mangalore
A common question arises to many when planning for the temple trip is this:
When there are so many temples, which ones to visit, especially when I have limited time during a tour?
- There are 275 Thevara Paadal Petra Sthalams that are temples revered in the verses of Thevaram and Thivachagam by the 4 main Nayanmars, Appar (Thirunavukkarasar), Sambhandar, Sundarar and Manickavasgar. These temples had witnessed many miracles connected with the lives of 63 Saiva Nayanars and they are compiled in the Sekkizhar’s Periya Puranam.
- The 108 Divya Desams by comparison are the Vishnu temples glorified in the 4000 verses of Nalayira Divya Prabandham by the 12 contemporary Vaishnava
- There are Murugan Sthalams sung by Arunagiri nathar in Thiruppugazh (most of them are part of the 275 Thevara Paadal Petra sthalams as well)
- There are 800+ Anjaneyar temples installed by Sri Vysa Rajar, most of them in Karnataka and many in Tamilnadu also.
- There are 18 Shakthi peetas for Shakthi worship
These Alwars and Nayanmars lived in the 5th – 9th century CE and the hymns indicate that these temples were highly popular and powerful during their period itself. Through the hymns we just know that these temples existed during their period but we don’t know for how many thousands of years before they were existing. They withstood the onslaught of many wars, invasion and devastation to exist even today and bless us!
It was a shame on me that I came to know about these 275 and 108 temples only at the age of 45+ though I knew about the Nayanmars and Azhwars. I request the blog readers who do not know about this till now to be aware of these temples and also educate your kids and relatives about these. Pls have a book or the printout of the list of these temples and track them as and when you visit with possibly the date of visits etc.,. One should visit these 275 and/or 108 temples atleast once in our life time. “How many of these 275/108 temples you/I have visited” should be the talking point when people of similar interest meet. If we inculcate this in our kids, they will be fortunate enough to complete the list not just once but more than once also in their lifetime!!
Book on 108 Divya desams:
Of the 10+ books I have on 108 Divya desams, the following book is the one I like the most because it gives precisely what you want – nothing more and nothing less. The full page colour photo of the moolavar / urchavar of every temple is a treasure. The cost of the book is about Rs 225 / 180 (two volumes) but being sold at a discounted price of Rs 100 by the author just as a kainkaryam. It is not available in any of the book stores (since 20-30% commission has to be shelved out) and is available only from him directly at:
Sri Kainkarya, F5 Chandra Flats, 90, Brindhavan street, West Mambalam, Chennai – 600 033
Phone: 044 – 24843986