Rakkaayi Amman, Alagar Koil, Madurai

Regarded as the daughter of Sage Angirasa, Rakkayi Amman is a form of Parvati and the guardian of all water bodies at Alagar Koil hills near Madurai. But how is She connected in a deeper way, to the Kallazhagar / Sundararaja Perumal at the base of the hills? … Read More Rakkaayi Amman, Alagar Koil, Madurai

Murugan, Alagar Koil, Madurai

One of the six Arupadai Veedu temples of Murugan (and the second near Madurai, the other being at Tiruparankundram), this temple was constructed in the time of the Madurai Nayaks. The handsome Murugan lords over the hills here, where one can find a Divya Desam temple for Vishnu at the base, and one for Rakkayi Amman further up the hill. The place is associated with the episode involving Avvaiyar – the Tamil poet saint – and Murugan.… Read More Murugan, Alagar Koil, Madurai