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Since the presiding deity is of the temple is Alagar (the beautiful), the temple is called Alagar Kovil . This is an important Vishnu temple, about 18 km northeast of Madurai , at Alagar Hill . This is one of the most ancient temples in India and round the temple are ruins of an ancient fortified town. The recently renovated gopurams of this temple look resplendent. The Mahabharata a says that this temple was visited by both Yudhisthira and Arjuna . It is said that Karudalwaar , the chief disciple of Ramanuja , regained his eyesight by worshipping the deity here. Don’t miss the 2,000 years old Sudarsana-chakra in this temple.

About 21kms north east of Madurai , stands a celebrated Vishnu temple dedicated to Lord Alagar. The temple is situated on a hill amidst panoramic surroundings. The shrine is known as Alagar kovil and the hill is known Solaimalai. The temple also contain some beautiful carvings and makes the visit rewarding. Solai malai Mandapam, one of the six abodes of Lord Subramanya is located atop the hill.