Divya Prabhandam-Divya Desam (Tamil) CD released on 1st Jan 2014 world wide with collaboration with I Tunes and Amazon.
Listen to the 10 songs sang and composed by Prana Kishore,Keerthana Kishore and Sitara Kishore listen below click on title
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Divya Prabandham is a collection of 4,000 Tamil verses composed in 8th century AD, by 12 Azhwars, The works were collected,by Nathamuni.Divya Prabhandam means devine songs in praise of Narayana (or Vishnu) and his many forms.Namaazhavar sang these songs at 108 sacred shrines known as the Divya Desams (Divine Holy Abodes of Vishnu) out of which 105 temples are in India,
One in Nepal and 2 in celestial world
Prana Kishore after the world wide success of his album “Om Shri Rama Hanuman Raksha” in Sanskrit decided to focus on Shri Vishnu. Divya Prabhandam- Divya Desam in Tamil. Prana Kishore digitally remastered his old famous 1982 album once again after many years and released now worldwide.
The challenge here was each song had only 4 lines no Pallavi nor charanam.Total 11 songs.He composed in 11 deferent Tabla beats and each song in deferent ragams to show the variation and one song was Composed in 3 ragas as raga malika. (Saveri,Kalavathi,Sivaranjani,Naata,Thodi,Bhubala,Bhageswari, Anandha Bhairavi,Kapi,Revathi,Chakravakam Charukesi,and Hamsadwani).This is the strongest Tamil One can imagine.
Prana Kishore a Tabla player is seen with each song having different Tabla beats, Taal since rhythm is his forte. Extensive use of Indian classical instruments like Sitar,Flute,Organ,synthesizer,drums,Dolaks,Tabla,Guitars electric, hollow guitars and more. ST Arasu brother in law of Prana Kishore provided the much needed support for this album.
Its important to understand the story behind the 108 temples.
In India pilgrimage is a tradition in Hinduism by visiting holly sites with mythological significance.They visit temples to see the deity and been seen by the deity as part of worship seeking the blessings from the God. Divya Prabandham is a collection of 4,000 Tamil verses composed in 8th century AD, by 12 Azhwars, The works were collected,by Nathamuni. The verses in Tamil explain what the Vedas, Upanishads and Vyasa’s Brahmasutras. The works were lost before they were collected and organized in the form by Nathamuni. These songs are still sung extensively even today.
Divya Prabhandam means devine songs in praise of Narayana (or Vishnu) and his many forms.Namaazhavar sang these songs at 108 sacred shrines known as the Divya Desams (Divine places, Holy Abodes of Vishnu). There are 108 Divya Desams, and of these 105 are located in India and 1in Nepal, the remaining two – Parama padam and Thiruppaarkadal – are in the celestial world.Pl visit Prana Kishore blog one page Hinduism for list of 108 Divya Desams.
The presiding deities in these Divya Desams are found in various Thirukkolams (postures).Kidantha Thirukkolam (Sleeping posture) in 27 Divyadesams.Veetrirundha Thirukkolam (Sitting posture) in 21 Divyadesams.Nindra Thirukkolam (Standing posture) in 60 Divyadesams.In these 108 Divyadesams, Vishnu faces various directions and giving his blessing which are:
East facing Vishnu -79.
West facing Vishnu-19.
North facing Vishnu-3.
South facing Vishnu-7
The Asura Madhukaitaba seized the Vedas from Lord Brahma and hid himself into the sea. Lord Vishnu took the Matsyavathara fought with the Asura within the sea, killed him and got back the Vedas and restored them to Brahma. It took 5 days for the Lord for this purpose. Without the Vedas, the world became dark, not knowing how to worship the Lord. So Lord Vishnu divided Himself into two, one as Guru or teacher and the other as Sishya or disciple. The guru taught the disciple the methods of worshipping God for five nights. Hence the teaching was called Pancharatra- methods of worshiping the God. Like the Pancharathra Samhitas, there is another kind of Samhitas called the Vaikhanasa Samhithas, methods of worship in Temples. They were taught to Sage Vikasana by MahaVishnu and through him to the Sage’s descendants. There is not much of a difference between the two, except chanting of some different manthras during the worship.
First Divya Desam and most important among 108 Divya Desams is Srirangam,Vaishnava temple in TrichySouth India.The main shrine for Lord Ranganatha and Thayar is Ranganayaki. In Srirangam there is the Dasavathara temple, the only one of its kind enshrining all the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu. According to the Sriranga Mahathmyam the glittering Sriranga Vimana sprang as a result of the tapas of Brahma in the depths of the Milky Ocean. It was borne by the celestial bird Garuda. Adisesha had spread his hood over it.
Brahma found Lord Vishnu resting on Adisesha, and was informed that He had come as Swayamvyakta – on his own as an idol. He would also appear likewise in seven other places on earth — Srimushnam, Venkatadri, Saligram, Naimisaranya, Thotadri, Pushkar and Badri. Ranga Vimana is the first and the earliest of all these. Brahma carried the Vimana to Satyaloka and installed it on the banks of the river, Viraja. He appointed the Sun God to perform the daily worship. Responding to the prayers of the King of Ayodhya of Iswaku race (Surya Vamsam) Brahma permitted him to take the Vimanam to Ayodhya.
Thus, the Vimanam came to Ayodhya. After Ikshvaku, his descendants continued the service of worshipping the Lord. . Rama, himself an avatara of the Lord in the Ishwaku race, worshipped Ranganatha and thereafter Lord Ranganatha came to be known as “Periya Perumal”. On his triumphant return from Sri Lanka and during his coronation, Rama gave the Vimana as a gift to Sri Vibheeshana for worship.
When Vibheeshana set out for Sri Lanka, He got down on the Kaveri banks to perform his mid-day prayers. He placed the Ranga Vimana at a place known as “Sesha Peetam” (Srirangam) near the Chandrapuskarani. Later when he tried to lift the Vimana, it would not move as it got stuck. When Vibheeshana was overcome with grief, the Lord appeared before him and consoled him saying that He had already decided to make this place His abode and Vibheeshana could come and worship him daily. It is said that even today Vibheeshana worships the Lord daily at midnight.
This temple is enormous in size and is the largest temple complex with 156 acres in extent, surrounded by seven concentric walls (the outermost wall having a perimeter of over 3 kilometers) and 21 gopurams(Towers),39 Pavilions,50 shrines,and ayiram Kaal mandapam (1000 pillars); It has seven Prakarams or Tiru Veedhis running around the sanctum. The total length of these seven walls is 32,592 feet, approximately around 9 Kms. There are magnificent towers in all Prakaras and the latest addition is the 236 feet high thirteen tiered Rajagopuram built at the southern rampart by the late 44th Jeeyar of Sri Ahobila Mutt.Pilgrims from all over India visit this shrine, and there are festivals all through the year. Vaikunta Ekadasi during Margazhi and the Tirukalyana festival during Panguni attracts very large crowd
Another famous temple Divya Desam is Thirumala Tirupati Shri Venkateswara Temple
Located on 7 hills in Andhra Pradesh second richest temple in India. Tiruvenkatam Divyadesam constitutes three temples – the hill temple at Tirumala for Srinivasa, the Govindaraja temple at Tirupati and the temple at Tiruchanur, 3 Kms from Tirupati, for Goddess Padmavathi. The moolavar in the hill temple is Srinivasa also called Venkateswara, Balaji, in a standing posture while the utsavar is Kalya Venkateswarar with Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi. There is no shrine for Thayar in the hill temple. The Tiruchanur temple enshrines Goddess Padmavathi with Utsava Vigraha of Srinivasa
The two huge lamps that are found glowing now in the sanctum are believed to have been lit by Brahma. To worship the deity in this temple Sri Ramanuja climbed the hills on his knees for fear of desecrating the holy hills with his feet. Sri Ramanuja prescribed the elaborate rituals and the mode of worship in this temple, which are being followed even today.
There is festival every day, and several Kalyana Utsavams are being conducted each day. The annual Brahmotsavam is being conducted during the Tamil month Purattasi. The Utsavam is said to have been conducted by Brahma himself and hence gained the name Brahmotsavam. The Brahmotsavam for Thayar at Tiruchanur is being conducted during Karthigai.
These are just 2 stories of the 106 temples, one can imagine the real life stories of all 108 temples of Vishnu as a proof that God exists.
Divya Prabhandam-Divya Desam in Tamil is dedicated to all pilgrims and devotees of Shri Vishnu and his many forms at a time when Shri Vishnu’s blessings are required by one and all in this universe.
Om Namo Narayanaya – .Narayana- Narayana- Narayana