Alagar Koil, Madurai

Alagar Koil

Alagar Koil (Temple) snapshot

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in Madurai
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24 Ratings & 16 Reviews

About Alagar Koil (Temple)

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    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 9.00 AM - 6.30 PM , Saturday: 9.00 AM - 6.30 PM , Sunday: 9.00 AM - 6.30 PM , Public Holidays: 9.00 AM - 6.30 PM

Alagar Koil is a temple situated in the nearby hills, around 20 km towards the north of Madurai. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and comprises three sanctuaries of diminishing size holding the idol of Lord Vishnu. The temple is known for its intricate stone carvings and sculptures. It is believed that Lord Vishnu resides in this temple as Meenakshi's brother Azhagar.

The statue is carved out of a stone and is a masterpiece. The temple also houses statues of the lord in various postures. The temple is located at the top of the hills from where a natural stream of water runs. The fresh water of this stream is carried daily by the temple priest for Lord Krishna.  

What travellers are saying about Alagar Koil

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  • Very Good 6
  • Good 3
  • Average 0
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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  2-3hrs
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1 Video Reviews for Alagar Koil

Ashish Shukla

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  •  121 helpful votes
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  • Posted Mar 30, 2017
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Arun Rajan

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  • Arun Rajan
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 173 photos
  • 113 Reviews
  •  69 helpful votes
  •  44220 readers

"Ancient temple in the bottom of hill"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Jun 8, 2016
An ancient temple located at the foot of a beautiful hill. I was lucky on the day I went, there was no crowd and it was peaceful without any disturbance and people.

The temple was built long back and has a great history. Also it is believed that lord Karuppasamy is guarding the temple. You have to pay a visit to him before going inside the temple.

Though I could not get Alagar darshan since they have closed the main door of the lord alagar as they are performing some rituals. The main Lord alagar doors will be open to public after this August.
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  • Subramanyam
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews
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"A good temple"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Apr 23, 2016
The temple is good and water facility is also good. The service of temple is excellent and front view is also so nice. The location of temple is peaceful and excellent. The destination to that hotel is also nice. Front office guidance is useful. Totally the appearance of the hotel is good. I recommend others to see this temple.
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Narayanan S

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  • Narayanan S
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  • Lives in Chennai
  • 35 Reviews
  •  175 helpful votes
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"Captivating Temple"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Mar 21, 2016
Temple surrounded by nature is just imposing. Azhagar is remarkable and outstanding. The mandapam has carved pillars which is superb. Kal Azhagar visits Madurai once a year to attend Meenakshi's wedding to Sundareswarar but misses it. On way back all the traders on route gifts bags of rice and groceries - I believe that it is a treat for the eyes.
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Vs Karthik

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  • Vs Karthik
  • Lives in Secunderabad
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"The Alagar Temple, a pleasant drive in the morning"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Nov 27, 2015
The Alagar Temple is another very prominent temple located about 20-25 kms away from Madurai and the drive to get to the place is awesome. Nice place to worship the lord. A pleasant drive early in the morning or in the evening is most preferred to enjoy the scenic beauty and calmness of the surroundings. The "teertham" or "blessed water from a spring" is carried away by devotees in small and large cans and is believed to have medicinal value.
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Gowri Sa

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"Hill of herbs and blessings"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 24, 2015
Alagar Kovil ( Alagar temple) is about 12 kms from Madurai. It is a prehistoric - Lord Vishnu stayed here as Lord Alagar and performed the marriage of his Sister Meenakshi. The mountain, Pazhamudhir Solai (garden of ripe fruits) is just adjacent to the hill where Lord Subramaniya lived for some time. There is a 'ever flowing' water fountain for 24x7 hours. It is said to have medicinal values and cure many incurable diseases. Worth to visit.
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Mani Kannan

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  • Lives in Paramakudi
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"Old and wonderful place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 17, 2015
I visited the Alagar Kovil Madurai recently, it was awesome place for visiting and more aged temple. Monkeys make some funny event, finally it is very wonderful place temple is very famous for kings.
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Srinath Orn

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  •  21 helpful votes
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"Must see place in this world"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 7, 2015
Its a great religious place for the Hindus and one must visit this place without fail in his lifetime. Fantastic location and very close to Madurai. Beautiful place for worship.
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Kandharaj Johnson

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"Nice place to walk through the breezy trees"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Jul 23, 2014
Alagar Koil is one of the wonderful places to visit. We can trek to the top of the Teertham. This place also has the Pazhamudircholai, one of the six Abodes of Lord Murugan. The place is surrounded by herbal plants, trees, water creek. A nice place to walk through the breezy trees with our family and friends.
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  • 12 Reviews
  •  14 helpful votes
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"Calm and peaceful"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted May 19, 2014
Felt like a true temple. Most tourists do not visit this temple or for that matter even the other temples during the Meenakshi temple festivities. So hardly any crowds.
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Surendra b k

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"Temple hall has beautiful carved pillars."

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 3, 2014
Visit the temple only if you have enough time at your disposal as the temple is 21 km away from the city. No restaurant nearby. A spacious hall in front of the temple has number of carved stone pillars, with each pillar having a different carving.
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