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Re: 108 Divyadeshams

From: Mani Varadarajan (mani)
Date: Fri Jul 21 1995 - 13:20:19 PDT

Thiruvengadam is there (M75).

Thirunarayanapuram is not there. Ramanuja restored the
shrine after it had fallen into disuse. In fact, both
the moolavar and utsavar images had been lost; the former
was buried under the ground somewhere in Karnataka, and
the latter was taken by a chieftain.  Traditional histories
say that a Muslim chieftain's daughter was so enthralled with
the utsavar that he took it so she could see Him all the
time.

Thirunarayanapuram is reckoned as one of the primary
"abhimaana" sthalams -- shrines that are not divyadesams,
but are accorded great respect.

Mani