ALAGARKOIL: Built atop the hill. this favorite Vaishnava shrine is drawing pilgrims and tourists
throughout the year. It is 20 km off the Meenakshi temple. This temple
is dedicated to Sundararajan, popular as Alagar. Legend has that he is the
brother of Meenakshi and is adored with unbounded reverence both by Vaishnavates
and Saivates. The reason is not far to seek. It is here in this temple
alone the Moolavar is found in three postures - standing, reclining and sitting.
A unique feature, found nowhere in Hindu India.
Elaborate prayer services in accordance with agamas are offered and there is perennial
attraction for all classes of devotees. Another unique feature that enthralls the asthikas is
that he is taken in procession with unparalleled fervour from here to Madurai on the Chitra Pournami Day
which is a star attraction, when people in millions participate in this grand festival; for it was on this day
his sister Meenakshi married Sundareswar. This festival lasting for 10 days is celebrated at both
the places - Madurai and Alagarkoil.