Alagar Kovil

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Alagar Kovil - History

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Alagar Kovil is a town in Madurai region in the South Indian territory of Tamil Nadu. The set of experiences and living of the town is revolved around Kallazhagar Temple. Built in the Dravidian style of engineering, the sanctuary is celebrated in the Divya Prabandha, the early middle age Tamil standard of the Azhwar holy people from the sixth ninth hundreds of years CE. It is one of the 108 Divyadesam devoted to Vishnu, who is venerated as Kallazhagar and his partner Lakshmi as Thirumamagal.

Kallazhagar Temple covers an area of around 2 sections of land (0.81 hectares) and has a five-layered gopuram (entryway tower). The sanctuary in encased in a rectangular nook with enormous rock dividers. The focal altar houses the picture of the managing god, Sundarabahu Perumal in standing stance. The pictures of Sridevi and Bhudevi are additionally housed in the sanctum. There two life size pictures of Narasimha, the symbol of Vishnu. One of them is shown holding the devil Hiranya and other killing him.


The sanctuary houses some uncommon Vijayanagara models like the ones present in Soundararajaperumal Temple, Thadikombu, Krishnapuram Venkatachalapathy sanctuary, Srivilliputhur Divya Desam and Jalakandeswarar Temple, Vellore.The sanctuary additionally has one of the exceptional divinities chakarat azhvar(Alvar) where the god with chakaram having 16 hands and 16 weapons is without Narasimha above him.

Chithirai celebration of this sanctuary celebrated for ten days is one of the pronounced celebrations of Tamilnadu Government. This celebration day is pronounced as Local Holiday. In Chithirai (April-May), Lord Kallazhagar begins from Azhagar kovil as Kallar and arrives at Madurai on Pournami (Full Moon day). Here he ventures into waterway Vaigai in his Horse Vaganam. Lakhs of aficionados run to stream Vaigai to witness this occasion. "Ethir Sevai" celebration is commended on the day preceding Alagar ventures into waterway Vaigai. It is a practice for individuals of Madurai to invite Alagar.

As Azhagar gets back from Vandiyur Dhasavatharam celebration is commended over the course of the night at Ramarayar Mandapam in the Northern piece of stream Vaigai. After this occasion Azhagar is taken to Mysore Veera Mandapam on embellished Anantharayar Palanquin. The following morning Azhagar as Kallar gets back to Azhagar kovil in 'Crap Pallakku'(Palanquin adorned with blossoms). During the long stretches of July and August the celebration of Aadi Brahmmorchavam is being praised for 10 days. This celebration happens inside the regions of the hallowed place. Aficionados from various pieces of Tamilnadu crowd to partake in this celebration. The sanctuary vehicle 'Amaiththa Narayanan' is taken in parade during Pournami (Full-Moon day) of Aadi (Brahmotchavam).

In the period of April and may, every year the incomparable Chitra celebration is commended on Pournami (full moon day). The Festival emphatically re establishes the appearance of Lord Kallazhagar to Madurai from Azhagarkoil. Lakhs of lovers rush to waterway Vaigai to actually observe the occasion of ruler Azhagar venturing down into the stream and to get his gifts.


63 staff qtrs, Alagar Kovil Main Rd, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 618301.


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