Devalayam : Devanam Alayam: is the place where Devas live. This is a term used in modern Indian languages to refer to temples. A vigraha is installed there and Deities are established in them, by Gurus and priests using Vedic Mantras and procedures. Devotees go there to seek a darshan of the Deva, which will eliminate all their troubles and correct all their errors.
Devayatanam : A place where the Devatas come (or visit). Like a permanent guest room. This is the term used in Valmiki Ramayanam. Kausalya meditated in such a room on Vishnu for the welfare of Sri Rama.
Analogy : In many contemporary asrams which have Living Gurus, there is a room and an asana (sitting place) set aside for the Guru who visits that place at some regular frequency to guide his disciples and look into the affairs of the asrama (sheltered retreat).
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