How many Divya Desams have you attended

How many of the Divya Desams are the locations of the Sri Vaishnava temples?


To answer your question, Alwars praised the Vishnu temples in various locations. There are many in South India and some in North India as well.

But the temples Alwars sang do not have to exist today and may not follow the principles of Sri Vaishnavism or Vaishnavism itself as of today.

Also, there are shrines today that don't necessarily have to be the ones Alwars visited or praised during their time.

Example Naimisharanya in Uttar Pradesh is one of the 108 Vaishnava Divya Desam. Now the Lord is there in the form of a forest. So no one knows if there was a temple at the time of Alwar.

The same goes for the Badrinath Shrine. The present shrine was built at the time of Adi Shankara. The main part of Badrinath is the Nara Narayana mountain peaks and not the temple built by AdiShankara. Here, too, it is highly controversial whether a temple existed in today's Badrinath Temple at the time of Alwar. Most of the temples in North India that refer to 108 Vaishnava Divya Desam could be non-Srivaishnavait for various reasons such as passage of time, invasions, etc. Even the Muktinath Kshtram in Nepal seems to have a Vishnu shrine where the deity of Vishnu lives and Lakshmi together with Sri Ramanujacharya? Is there. But it is cultivated by Buddhists, I had read somewhere.

Keshav Srinivasan ♦

This doesn't answer my question at all. I do not ask how many Divya Desams Vishnu temples had when the Alwar sang about them, and I do not ask how many temples the Alwar sang about still exist today. I ask how many Divya Desams currently have temples in Sri Vaishnava.

Keshav Srinivasan ♦

Also, you shouldn't use block quotations unless you're quoting something.

Keshav Srinivasan ♦

In any case, there are very few Divya Desams in northern India, so it should be relatively easy to determine which temples follow Sri Vaishnavism and which do not. So the main question is how many of the South Indian Divyadesams currently have temples that follow Sri Vaishnavism.

Keshav Srinivasan ♦

Take a look at that by the way: "Today Vaikhanasas are the high priests in more than half of the Vaishnava temples in the southern Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and parts of Karnataka." Then you can there are some Divya Desams in which the temples are operated by non-Sri Vaishnavas.