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Table of Contents1. 2. 3. ASHTAKSHARA KSHETRAS ................................................................................................................ 2 Thirukkanapuram All the 8 ashtaksharas at one place ................................................................... 3 Ashtadasha Shakti Peethas............................................................................................................... 4 Controversies in Shakti Peethas ........................................................................................................... 7 4. Datta Kshetras ................................................................................................................................. 8 Pancharamas .................................................................................................................................... 9 5. 6. Pancharamas ................................................................................................................................... 9 Jyotirlingas(Dwadasa Jyotirlingas) .................................................................................................. 10 Controversies about Jyotirlingas ........................................................................................................ 11 7. 8. PanchaBhoothas ............................................................................................................................ 12 Navagraha Temples........................................................................................................................ 13

9 . Mukti Kshetras .................................................................................................................................. 14 9. 10. Karnataka ...................................................................................................................................... 15 Tamilnadu .................................................................................................................................. 16

11. Orissa............................................................................................................................................... 17 12.West Bengal...................................................................................................................................... 17 13.Assam ............................................................................................................................................... 18 14.Uttar Pradesh ................................................................................................................................... 18 15.Bihar ................................................................................................................................................. 19 16.Jharkhand ......................................................................................................................................... 19 17.Uttaranchal ....................................................................................................................................... 19 18.Himachal Pradesh ............................................................................................................................. 19 19.Rajasthan .......................................................................................................................................... 19 20. Jammu and Kashmir ......................................................................................................................... 19 21. Madhya Pradesh .............................................................................................................................. 20 22.Kerala ............................................................................................................................................... 20 23.Gujarat ............................................................................................................................................. 20 24. Maharashtra .................................................................................................................................... 20 25.Andhra Pradesh ................................................................................................................................ 21

ASHTAKSHARA KSHETRAS1. ASHTAKSHARA KSHETRASSwayam Vyakta Kshetras of Lord Vishnu"Om Namo Narayanaya" -Ashtakshara mantram.Just like Jyotirlings which are swayumbu kshetras there are 8 ashtakshara swayam vyakta kshetras of lord vishnu as said by Swami Ramanujam.The sloka is as follows:

Srirangam Venkatadrischa SrimushNam Totaparvatam Salagramam Pushkaramcha NaranarayaNAshramam Naimisham Cheti ME SthananyasoU Mukthi PradhAnivai YetusvashtAksharaIkAka: VarNamUrthir VasAmyaham TishtAmi KrishNa KshEtrE puNya SapthakOgatha: AshtAksharasya Mantrasya SarvAkshara Maya SadA In this verse Lord Narayana points out that the eight Swayam Vyakta Kshetrams of Srirangam, Tirupathi, SrimushNam, Vanamamalai, Salagramam, Badri,and NaimisharaNyam,Pushkar grant liberation to those who visit the place. The Lord as the Archa Murthy at each of these Kshetrams signifies one Aksharam of his Ashtakshara Mantram.

Places, Deity and locationNo. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Place Srirangam Tirupati Srimushnam Nanguneri Muktinath/Salagramam Pushkaram Badrinath Naimisharanyam Deity Ranganatha swamy Venkateswara swamy Bhu varaha swamy Vanamamali perumal Chakrapani Vishnu Badari Narayana swamy Chakranarayana Location Srirangam