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Opening timings for alagar kovil

All days of the week
6:00 AM - 12:30 PM
3:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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#5 of 77 Places To Visit in Madurai
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Melur Taluk, Madurai,Tamil Nadu 625001, India
+91-452 -2470228
entry fee
no entry fee
All days of the week
6:00 AM - 12:30 PM
3:30 PM - 8:30 PM
visit duration
2 to 3 hours

how to reach alagar kovil

Located about 21 km from Madurai, this temple can be accessed through regular local buses, which take about an hour to reach. You can also hire a taxi till here.

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about alagar kovil

Set amidst lush greenery and absolute serenity, this temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu in his avatar as Goddess Meenakshi's brother, Alagar (or Sundararajan). Legend has it that Lord Alagar was unable to attend his sister's wedding to Sundareshwar (an avatar of Lord Shiva) and had turned back from the banks of river Vaigai. This event is re-enacted every year through a procession of the idol of Alagar from this temple till the Meenakshi Temple in Madurai, during the Chitra Festival that celebrates her marriage.

The temple complex is surrounded by the ruins of a historic fort, lending it its old world charm and a historic aura. It is believed that the temple was beautified by the Pandyan rulers during the 13th century, especially the sanctum sanctorum and the main vimana, that were plated in gold. After this, the Nayaka kingdom during the time between the 16th and 18th centuries gained much revenue for renovating and further beautifying the temple. The central idol of Lord Alagar is a fine example of ancient craftsmanship, all in pure gold. Other deities here include Andal and Lord Alagar's wife, Kalyana Sundaravalli.

An interesting legend has it that at the shrine of Karuppannaswamy (the God of Kallars) and the finely carved 18 steps around his shrine prohibit any visitor from speaking anything but the truth. The temple contains inscriptions from various dynasties, including those that point towards the presence of Jain rulers and Ashoka's reign. A beautfiful place that blends both religion and history perfectly, this is a must-visit on your trip to Madurai.

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