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Pilgrimages of Vishnu

  1. Divya Desams
  2. Badrinath (Badrikashrama) - Uttarakhand
  3. Pancha Badris - Uttarakhand
  4. Charbhujaji - Rajasthan
  5. Tirumala (Venkatachala) - Andhra Pradesh


Divya Desams:

Sri Vishnu The Divya Desams are the 108 sacred shrines of Sri Vishnu where Perumal has been praised by the Alwars. These songs of the Alwars are recorded in Divya Prabandhas (sacred scriptures of the Vaishnavas).
  • Andhra Pradesh: Thirupathi (Tirumala) - Thiru Singavel Kundram (Ahobilam)

  • Gujarat: Thiru Dwaraka (Dwaraka)

  • Kerala: Thiruvananthapuram - Thirupuliyoor - Thirucchenkundroor - Thiruvaaran Vilai (Aranmulla Temple) - Thiruvanvandoor - Thiruvalvaazh (Thiruvalla) - Thirukkadithaanam - Thirukkaatkarai - Thirumoozhikkalam - Thiruvithuvakkodu - Thiru Naavay

  • Tamil Nadu - Chennai side (Tondai Nadu): Thiruvallikkeni - Thiruneermalai - Thiruvedanthai - Thiru Kadalmalai (Mahabalipuram) - Thiru Nindravoor (Thirunindravur) - Thiruevvuloor (Thiruvallur) - Thirukkatikai (Sholingur)

  • Tamil Nadu - Cuddalore side (Chola Nadu): Thiruchitrakootam (Chidambaram)

  • Tamil Nadu - Cuddalore side (Nada Nadu): Thiruvaheendrapuram - Thirukkoviloor

  • Tamil Nadu - Kanchipuram side (Tondai Nadu): Thirukkachchi - Thiru Ashtabhuyakaram - Thiru Vekka - Thiru Velukkai - Thiruthanka - Thirukkalvanoor - Thiru Ooragam - Thiru Neeeragam - Thiru Kaaragam - Thirukkaar Vaanam - Thiruparameshwara Vinnagaram - Thiru Pavala Vannan - Thiru Nilathingal Thundam - Thiru Paadagam - Thiruputkuzhi

  • Tamil Nadu - Madurai side: Thirukkoodal - Thiru Moghur - Thirumaalirunsolai (Alagar Kovil) - Thirukkotiyoor - Thirumeyyam - Thiruppullanni (Ramanathapuram) - Thiruthankaal (Sivakasi) - Thiruvilliputtur (Srivilliputhur)

  • Tamil Nadu - Mayiladuthurai & Mayavaram side: Thiru Indhaloor - Thiruvazhunthoor - Thiru Sirupuliyar - Thirukkannapuram - Thiru Naagal - Thirukkannankudi - Thiru Thalaicchanga Naanmathiyam

  • Tamil Nadu - Seerkazhi side: Thirukaazhi Cheeraama Vinnagaram - Thiruvellakkulam (Annan Kovil) - Thiru Devanaar Thogai - Thiruvaali Thirunagari - Thiru Kavalampaadi - Thiru Manikkoodam - Thiru Paarthanpalli - Thiru Manimaada - Thiru Arimeya Vinnagaram - Thiru Thetri Aambalam - Thiru Sempon Sei - Thiru Vann Purushothamam - Thiru Vaikunda Vinnagaram

  • Tamil Nadu - Thanjavur & Kumbakonam side (Chola Nadu): Thiru Thanjaimaamani - Thirukkandiyur - Thirukkoodaloor - Thirukkavithalam (Kabisthalam) - Thiruppullam Boothankudi - Thiru Aadhanoor - Thirukkudanthai - Thiruvinnagar (Oppiliappan) - Thirunarayoor (Nachiyar Koil) - Thiruccherai - Thirukkannamangai - Thirunandhipura Vinnagaram (Nathan Koil) - Thiruvelliyankudi

  • Tamil Nadu - Tiruchirapalli side: Thiruvarangam (Srirangam) - Thirukkozhi (Uraiyur) - Thirukkarambanoor - Thiruvellarai - Thiru Anbil - Thirupper Nagar

  • Tamil Nadu - Tirunelveli side: Thiruvaikuntham (Sri Vaikundam) - Thiruvaragunamangai - Thiruppulingadu - Thirukkulanthai - Thiruttholai Villimangalam (Twin Thirupathis) - Thirupperai - Thirukkoloor - Thirukkurugur (Alwar Thirunagiri) - Thiruvaramangai Vaanamaamalai (Nanguneri) - Thirukkurungudi - Thiruvanparisaaram (Nagercoil) - Thiru Vattaaru (Marthandam)

  • Uttar Pradesh: Thiru Ayodhi - Thiru Naimisaranyam - Thiruvaaipadi (Aayarpadi) - Thiru Vadamathura (Govardhanesan)

  • Uttarakhand: Thirukkandam (Devaprayag) - Thiruppirudhi (Joshimutt) - Thiruvadhari Ashramam (Badrinath)

  • Nepal: Thiru Salagramam (Mukthinath)

  • Celestial Abodes: Thiruppaarkadal (Vyugam) - Thirupparamapadham (Parathuvam)

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Badrinath (Badrikashrama) in Uttarakhand Himalayas:

Badrinath - An ancient pilgrimage of Vishnu known as Badrikashrama which is a Divya Desam as well as a Swayam Vyakta Kshetra located in the Uttarakhand Himalayas: Badrinath which was known as Badrikashrama in ancient times is a Divya Desam as well as a Swayam Vyakta Kshetra. It is located in the Uttarakhand Himalayas.

- Divya Desam: Badrinath is one of the 108 Divya Desams known as Thiruvadhari Ashramam.
(Refer to the list of Divya Desams)

- Swayam Vyakta Kshetra: Badrinath is one of the 8 Swayam Vyakta Kshetras.
(Swayam Vyakta Kshetras are: Sri Rangam, Tirumala, Sri Mushnam, Thotadri, Shalagram, Pushkara, Naimisharanya, Badrinath)

- All India Char Dham: Badrinath is one of the 4 All India Char Dhams.
(All India Char Dhams are: Badrinath, Dwarka, Puri, Rameshwaram)

- Uttarakhand Char Dham: Badrinath is one of the 4 Uttarakhand Char Dhams.
(Uttarakhand Char Dhams are: Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, Yamunotri)

- Badarikashrama Mahatmya: The Skanda Purana - Badarikashrama Mahatmya lists many holy places of Badrinath where Agni, Narada, Markandeya and Garuda had performed penances. Refer to excerpts from Badarikashrama Mahatmya.

- Penance of sages Nara and Narayana: According to Srimad Bhagavatam, Sri Vishnu in his incarnation as sages Nara and Narayana has been undergoing great penance since time immemorial for the welfare of the living beings.

- Badrinath is located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.


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Pancha Badris:

Badrinath Dham The Pancha Badris are located in the Garhwal Himalayas in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The Pancha Badris are:

1. Badri Vishal (Badrinath): This is the most famous of the Pancha Badris lying between Nara and Narayana mountains on the bank of river Alakananda. According to legend Sri Vishnu in his incarnation as sages Nara and Narayana has been undergoing great penance since time immemorial for the welfare of the living beings.

2. Adi Badri: It is believed that Lord Vishnu stayed in Adi Badri during Satya, Treta and Dwapara Yugas, and then shifted to Badri Vishal during Kali Yuga. After Kali Yuga, during the next Satya Yuga, the Lord will shift to Bhavishya Badri.

3. Bhavishya Badri: It is believed that at the end of Kali Yuga, a landslide will collapse the Jaya and Vijaya mountains and will block the path to Badri Vishal. Lord Vishnu will then shift to Bhavishya Badri. This will happen when the right arm of the idol of Narasimha at Joshimath (which is getting thinner and thinner day by day) will detach from the body.

4. Vriddha Badri: According to legend, sage Narada meditated here on Lord Vishnu who appeared before him in the form of an old man (Vriddha). Hence the name Vriddha Badri.

5. Yoga Badri: According to legend, king Pandu (of Mahabharata) incurred great sin by killing two mating deers who were ascetics in their previous lives. To absolve himself from the sins, the king meditated here on Lord Vishnu. The image of Vishnu here is in meditative posture.


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Charbhujaji:

Charbhujaji Charbhujaji Temple - Famous pilgrimage of Charbhujaji: Charbhujaji Temple is a famous temple of Lord Vishnu located in the Garhbor village in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan. The village is situated in the Aravalli mountain ranges and the temple is situated near the bank of river Gomti. According to legend the idol of Charbhujaji is very old and was worshipped by the Pandavas in the past. It was installed by Gang Dev who received divine instructions in a dream from Lord Vishnu to recover the idol. Gang Dev is said to have recovered the idol from water. The image of Vishnu is 85 cm high and has four hands (hence the name Charbhuja). The four hands hold Conch, Discus, Mace and a Lotus flower. One characteristic feature of the temple is the extensive mirror works inside.

- Festival: Every year on Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Ekadasi (Jhaljhoolani Ekadasi) (Aug-Sep), the Lord is specially worshipped after giving a ceremonial bath in a nearby lake. A large number of pilgrims take part in this bathing procession. A large fair is also held during this ocassion.

- Charbhujaji is located in the Rajsamand district of Rajasthan.


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Tirumala (Venkatachala):

Sri Venkateswara - Swayam Vyakta Kshetra: Tirumala is one of the 8 Swayam Vyakta Kshetras.
(Swayam Vyakta Kshetras are: Srirangam, Tirumala, Sri Mushnam, Thotadri, Shalagram, Pushkara, Naimisharanya, Badrinath)

- Divya Desam: Tirumala is one of the 108 Divya Desams known as Thirupathi Divya Desam.
(Refer to the list of Divya Desams)

- Venkatachala Mahatmya: The Skanda Purana - Venkatachala Mahatmya describes the story of the marriage of Srinivasa and Padmavathy. Refer to excerpts from Venkatachala Mahatmya.

- Tirumala is located in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh.


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Bharatavarsha - The Land of Gods and Sages:

1. Stotras by Deity:
Initial: Ganesha - Hanuman - Gurudeva - Gayatri
Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu - Narasimha - Rama - Krishna) - Shiva
Tridevis: Saraswati - (Lakshmi - Tulasi - Bhoomi) - Parvati
Others: Murugan - Surya - Ganga - Yamuna - Narmada - Others
Final: Vedas - Brahman

2. Pilgrimages by Deity:
Initial: Ganesha
Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu - Narasimha - Rama - Krishna) - Shiva
Tridevis: Saraswati - Lakshmi - (Parvati - Shakambari)
Others: Murugan - Ganga

3. Sadhana: Sadhana - Hermitages - Penances

4. Saints: Ramakrishna - Vivekananda - Ramana - Saints

5. Sacred Geography: Forests - Mountains - Rivers - Lakes

6. Puranas: Scriptures

7. Religious Life: Stotras - Puja - Pilgrimages - Festivals - Varnashramas - Samskaras - Traditions

8. Other Aspects: Sanskrit - Arts - Music - Dance - Medicine - Architecture - Astronomy

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