A guide to the best pilgrimage
The Alwars(Azhcar) were poets, saints and above all the devotees of Lord Vishnu, who lived around 2500 years ago. 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 the 108 temples, 105 are in India, one is in Nepal, and last two are outside the earthly realms. Th...View more
re are nine divyadesam temples located on the banks of river Thambirapani near Tirunelveli. The nine shrines were visited by Nammazhvar and he sung his hymns to please the Lord here. In these temple, the deity is also regarded as representing the presiding Graha of the shrine, the nine shrines representative of each of the navagrahas.
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. As these temples are also the seats of the Navagrahas, people come here to reduce the ill effects of Grahas in their lives
During the month of May-June pilgrims gather for the festival at Alwarthirunagari where a huge procession from the 9 shrines happens.
Nava Tirupathi yatra can be done anytime of the year. However it is advisable to avoid the hot summers.
1 to 2 days from Tirunelveli.
|All the temples can be reached by road.|
All the temples can be reached by road.
As these temples are open throughout the year they are not usually very crowded. However, during the days of the annual festivals, there is a flow of devotees from all around the country.
During the month of May-June pilgrims gather for the festival at Alwarthirunagari where a huge procession from the 9 shrines happens
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.
Most of the temples have good medical facilities. Those travelling with aged and children, can split the journey to two days
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.