Alagar Temple

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Overview:

The procession of lord Kallalagar from Alagar hills entered Vaigai river as part of Chithirai festival in Madurai.

About Alagar Temple

  • It is also known with the name of Azhagar Kovil is one of the prominent temples situated at the foothills of Alagar hills in the state of Tamil Nadu.
  • It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is known for its intricate sculpting and mandapams.
  • It was mentioned in epics such as Silappathikaram.
  • Alvars like Thirumangai Alvar, Peri Alvar, Nammalvar, Bhoothathalvar, Peyalwar, Andal have also mentioned the glorious history of the shrine in their songs.
  • There are also inscriptions dating back to King Ashoka rule. It is said that great Jain monk Ajjanandi had resided here along with his disciples.
  • This temple has a prominent place during the Pandyan reign.
    • It was during the rule of King Jatavarman Sundara Pandyan (1251-1270 A.D) vimana of the temple’s sanctum sanctorum was beautified with gold plates.
    • The massive tower which is seen at the entrance of the temple was also built during the reign of Pandyan kingdom. 
  • King Thirumalai Naickar of Nayaka dynasty also added many artistic features to this temple during his reign.
  • The kalyan mandapam of the temple, especially showcases Nayaka art.

Q1: What are the key facts about Vaigai River?

It is the major river in the fabled city of Madurai, the capital of the ancient and prosperous Pandya kingdom located in southern Tamil Nadu. The river finds a mention in Sangam literature dated to 300 before the Common Era. Length: It is 258 kilometres long.

Source: Lord Kallazhagar enters Vaigai river as part of Chithirai festival in Madurai