Alagar Kovil, also known as Alagar Koil, is a magnificent temple located in the serene hills of Alagar Koyil, near Madurai. Dedicated to Lord Alagar, a manifestation of Lord Vishnu, this sacred shrine is not only a place of worship but also a symbol of architectural grandeur, cultural heritage, and natural beauty.

The history of Alagar Kovil dates back to ancient times, with its roots entwined in Hindu mythology. According to legend, Lord Alagar is believed to have descended from his heavenly abode to attend the celestial wedding of Goddess Meenakshi (an incarnation of Goddess Parvati) with Lord Sundareswarar (an incarnation of Lord Shiva) in Madurai. However, Lord Alagar, in his grand form, reached the Vaigai River but chose not to enter Madurai. Consequently, a separate temple was built in his honor at Alagar Koyil.

The temple is renowned for its exquisite Dravidian architecture, characterized by towering gopurams (temple towers) adorned with intricate sculptures and carvings. The sanctum sanctorum, housing the deity Lord Alagar, features a distinctive vimana (tower) with elaborate artwork. The mandapams (pillared halls) within the temple complex showcase intricate stone carvings, reflecting the craftsmanship of the artisans of that era.

Hill Temple and Surroundings

Alagar Kovil is situated on the picturesque Alagar Malai (Alagar Hills), offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes. The temple’s hill location adds to the spiritual ambiance and provides pilgrims and visitors with a sense of tranquility. The natural surroundings, dotted with lush greenery and gentle hills, contribute to the overall serene atmosphere of the temple.

Chithirai Festival

The Chithirai festival is the most significant and grand celebration at Alagar Kovil. It takes place during the Tamil month of Chithirai (April-May) and spans several days. The highlight of the festival is the processional journey of Lord Alagar from Alagar Kovil to Madurai. The deity is taken in a grand procession, symbolizing the continuation of the celestial wedding ritual. The festival attracts a massive gathering of devotees, and the entire region becomes a vibrant hub of religious fervor and cultural celebrations.

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    • Morning Time : 6.00 AM to 12.30 PM
    • Evening Time : 3.30 PM to 8.00 PM
    • Dress Code Men : Men the Dress Code is Shirt & Trouser, Dhoti or Pyjamas.
    • Dress Code Women : Women the Preferred Dress Code is Saree or Half-Saree With Blouse or Chudidhar with Pyjama.
    • No Mobile or Cameras are allowed inside the temple premises.


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