Alagar Koil


14.4/5(25 Ratings)

Alagar Koil Overview

Ranked 2 of 15 sightseeing in Madurai

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.  

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Alagar Koil

Ashish Shukla
30th Mar 17

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 2-3hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Operating hours

Monday - Friday:
9:00 AM -6:30 PM
9:00 AM -6:30 PM
9:00 AM -6:30 PM
Public Holidays:
9:00 AM -6:30 PM

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Saranya Devanathan

Saranya Devanathan4.3/5

361 reviews

Women in labour sculpture

Very ancient temple still active with live puja . At the entrance, Karuppannasamy is there - supposed to protect the temple. It is not open - we can not see Karuppannasamy. Still everyone around is praying there in front of the closed door . The spring (nupura gangai) is above the hill. It is a long trek. The water from that spring comes through the tap in this temple itself . Prasadams are sold inside the temple . There are few buildings serving at community level . The rajagopuram is vibrant with colourful sculptures. Apart from **** sculpture on one side, there is a sculpture of a women in labour. I found one such carving in one of the pillars in Meenakshi temple. Such things were not there in Khajuraho . There are few shops selling fruits and other eatables. The guava I bought there is not that good like the ones available at city. There is an ice-cream van supplying fresh cold refreshing relief . This temple is nearly 30 km from the city. On the way there few temples with huge statues. (See photo). Ola available for Rs. 1100 for 8 hours 80 kms rental. Very convenient to go uphill also to Pazhamudirsolai and nupuragangai. It is available for 4 hours also for Rs. 600-800 that is enough for these two temples and spring from the city hotel. We hired for 8 hours since we wanted it for other attractions inside the city and to drop us to railway station.

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Arun Rajan

Arun Rajan3.9/5

136 reviews

Ancient temple in the bottom of hill

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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4 reviews

A good temple

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.

Narayanan S

Narayanan S4.6/5

35 reviews

Captivating Temple

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.

Vs Karthik

Vs Karthik4.6/5

14 reviews

The Alagar Temple, a pleasant drive in the morning

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

Gowri Sa5.0/5

7 reviews

Hill of herbs and blessings

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

Mani Kannan4.3/5

2 reviews

Old and wonderful place

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.

Srinath Orn

Srinath Orn5.0/5

10 reviews

Must see place in this world

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.

Kandharaj Johnson

Kandharaj Johnson3.9/5

6 reviews

Nice place to walk through the breezy trees

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.

Ravi Padmanabhan

Ravi Padmanabhan3.6/5

12 reviews

Calm and peaceful

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.

Photos of Alagar Koil

Alagar Koil, Madurai

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Vs Karthik

Way to the temple
Alagar Koil, Madurai

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Arun Rajan

Temple main gopuram
Alagar Koil, Madurai

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Arun Rajan

Temple view from outside
Alagar Koil, Madurai

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Arun Rajan

Temple entrance