Temples celebrated by the Alvars and cherished by the Sri Vaishnava tradition
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Ranganayaki and Ranganathan
| Srirangam : The temple par excellence.
All the Alvars have sung poems in praise of Sri Ranganatha, and the greatest
philosopher-saints of Sri Vaishnavam spent much of their life
in His presence. The Lord pictured here is so universally loved that
He is simply known as Nam PerumaaL, "Our Lord", and in many
circles, "Ranga" is literally a synonym for "God". Musicians such
as Purandara Dasa, Tyagaraja and Muttusvami Dikshitar visited here
and partook of Him. From the north, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and other
saints visited and spent time in His company. This greatest of
all temples attracts countless worshippers and has the largest festivals
of any Vaishnava shrine.
Thiruvengadam (Tirupati): Srinivaasa PerumaaL.
Brief Overview of the temple
Thiruvahindrapuram: Devanaayakan and Hemaambuja Naayaki.
Sri Parthasarathy Swami of Thiruvallikeni, in modern Madras. The Lord of this temple, presiding majestically here as the teacher of the Bhagavad Gita, is also known as Geetaachaaryan and Venkatakrishnan. The utsava moorthi and ubhaya naacchiyars give darsanam in this picture.
The Lord at Thirukkudandhai (modern Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu) is particularly dear to my heart. At this ancient and magnificent temple, the moolavar is in udyoga Sayanam, a partially reclining position, taken in response to a paasuram addressed to him by Thirumazhisai Alvar:
The utsava moorthis are shown in this picture -- Araavamudan ("unending nectar") and Komalavalli Thaayaar. The Lord is also known here as Saaranga PaaNi.
Kanchipuram: Varadaraaja PerumaaL and Perundevi Thaayaar.
Yathoktakaari: This PerumaaL resides about 3/4 mile west of Varadaraja PerumaaL sannidhi in Kanchipuram. Thaayaar is known here as Komalavalli; the Lord is also called Sonnavannam Seyda PerumaaL and Vega Sethu. This is one of the most ancient and revered of divya desams, once more prominent in Kanchi than even the Varadaraja Temple, though today it is not as well attended as the latter.
Thiruvindhalur: Parimala Rangan, Pundarikavalli Thaayaar
Thiruvaali: KalyaaNa Ranganaathan
Thirukandiyur: Aran-saapa-vimocana PerumaaL (moolavar: Kamalanaathan), Kamalavalli Naachiyar
Maduraantakam: Yeri kaattha Raamar. At this holy site, Sri Periya Nambigal initiated Sri Ramanuja into Sri Vaishnavism by performing his samaasrayanam. Sri Rama, Sita Devi, and Lakshmana bestow their grace upon us in this image.
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