The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their poetry in praise of Vishnu. The Alwars are crucially important figures in the development of Vaishnavism; it is the principles and beliefs embodied in the Alwars' poems that ultimately gave rise to the Sri Vaishnava sect (of which I'm a member).
The Alwars praised many Vishnu temples and other sacred places of Vishnu in their poetry; a sacred place of Vishnu that was praised by at least one Alwar is called a Divya Desam, and there are 108 of them. My question is, who compiled this list of 108 Divya Desams?
The Naalayira Divya Prabhandam, the collection of the Alwars' 4000 verses, was compiled by a Sri Vaishnava thinker named Nathamuni. But who went through all the poems and found out what locations they mentioned? And who was the one who came up with the concept of Divya Desams in the first place? Was all that done by Nathamuni too?