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Situated on a hill in a panoramic backdrop, Azhagar Kovil temple is a popular destination in Madurai. It is one of the 108 abodes of Lord Vishnu, who is worshipped in the name of Kallazhagar.

Known for the brilliant sculptures and mandapams, the temple is situated in a beautiful spot, surrounded by hills and greenery. Legend has it that Lord Vishnu came here to give away Goddess Meenakshi to Lord Sundareswarar in marriage. A stupendous tower welcomes the devotees at the entrance.

The mandapam and the exquisite pillars leave one in awe. The famous Chitrai festival held in April/May is a spectacle to watch. It is marked by a grand procession of the deity for the holy dip in Vaigai river. The colourful festival attracts people from various parts of the state. The pillars of mandapam are the finest specimens of Nayaka art. Carvings related to epics are displayed here.

Life size sculptures of old rulers are another attraction. Idols of Narasimha, Krishna and Rathi seated on parrot stand testimony to the brilliant workmanship. The temple also showcases inscriptions of various dynasties. Float festival in February/March, Navarathri festival in September/October and Vaikunta Ekadasi during December/January are the famous festivals celebrated here.

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