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Kallazhagar temple

Kallazhagar Temple in Alagar Koyil, a town in the South Indian province of Tamil Nadu, is committed to the Hindu god Vishnu. Developed in the Dravidian style of engineering, the sanctuary is celebrated in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil group of the Azhwar holy people from the sixth ninth hundreds of years AD. It is one of the 108 Divyadesam devoted to Vishnu, who is venerated as Kallazhagar and his associate Lakshmi as Thirumamagal.

A rock divider encompasses the sanctuary, encasing every one of its hallowed places. The sanctuary has a seven-layered rajagopuram. The sanctuary is encircled by a huge post, some portion of which is broken down.
Kallazhagar is accepted to have seemed to recover sage Suthapava off his revile from sage Durvasa. The sanctuary follows Thenkalai custom of love. Six day by day ceremonies and numerous yearly celebrations are held at the sanctuary, of which the buoy celebration during the Tamil month of Masi (February–March), Navrathri during September–October and Vaikunta Ekadasi during Margazhi (December–January) being the most unmistakable. The sanctuary is kept up and controlled by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamil Nadu.


Kallazhagar sanctuary covers a zone of around 2 sections of land (0.81 hectares) and has a seven-layered gopuram (door tower). The sanctuary in encased in a rectangular nook with colossal stone dividers. The focal place of worship houses the picture of the managing god, Uraga-mell-anayaan Perumaal in leaning back stance on a snake bed like that of Srirangam Ranganathaswamy sanctuary. 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 indicated holding the evil spirit Hiranya and other killing him. There are independent hallowed places of Sundaravalli Nachiyar, Andal, Sudarshana and Yoga Narasimha around the sanctuaries of the sanctum.
The sanctuary houses some uncommon Vijayanagara figures like the ones present in Soundararajaperumal Temple, Thadikombu, Krishnapuram Venkatachalapathy sanctuary, Srivilliputhur Divya Desam and Jalakandeswarar Temple, Vellore.
The engineering of the Azhagar sanctuary relates to any of those of south Indian sanctuaries, with enormous gopurams and pillared mandapams. The gopuram of the Karuppa swamy hallowed place delineates the enthusiastic side of human relationship as lovely sculptures. Aside from these, it likewise portrays the advancement of social parts of the neighborhood society remembering a delineation of an Englishman for British police outfits.
The primary pinnacle entrance (Mukya Gopuram) consistently stays shut, with the place of worship of Karupana Swami. The means behind the shut entryway is loved as Patinettaam padi Karuppan (which means, the dark god who involves the eighteen stages). There are different legends related with it. Just a single time in a year, the entryways are opened and Sudarshana Chakra (Chakrathaazhvar), the popular Vishnu’s wheel, ignores through the open entryway. This is a centuries-old practice, where even the bubbly divinity of the directing god isn’t permitted to go through the entryways.
Some exploration researchers opine this was before a Jain sanctuary, (the Somaskanda Vimanam for example) however was later changed over into a Vishnu sanctuary. During archeological unearthings, numerous Jain caverns and engravings were found in a similar slope around this sanctuary. In any case, the celebrated Vaishnava works in Tamil, having a place with the mid fourth to sixth Centuries guide that toward this sanctuary as a Vishnu sanctuary. The Sangam age Silapadikaram having a place with third Century AD, brings up to this sanctuary as a Vishnu sanctuary. During 2013, while cleaning the territory before Karupana Samy place of worship, a major Teppakulam was found, loaded up with sand and secured with thick undergrowth.

Religious importance

Kallazhagar sanctuary is venerated in Nalayira Divya Prabhandam, the seventh ninth century Vaishnava standard, by Periazhwar and Peyazhwar. The sanctuary is delegated a Divyadesam, one of the 108 Vishnu sanctuaries that are referenced in the book. During the eighteenth and nineteenth hundreds of years, the sanctuary discovers notice in a few works like 108 Tirupathi Anthathi by Divya Kavi Pillai Perumal Aiyangar.

Religious practices and celebration

The sanctuary follows the customs of the Thenkalai faction of Vaishnavite convention and follows Vaikanasa aagama. In current occasions, the sanctuary ministers play out the pooja (customs) during celebrations and consistently. As at other Vishnu sanctuaries of Tamil Nadu, the clerics have a place with the Vaishnavaite people group, a Brahmin sub-station. Six every day ceremonies are held at different times and numerous yearly celebrations are held at the sanctuary, of which the buoy celebration during the Tamil month of Masi (February–March), Navrathri during September–October and Vaikunta Ekadasi during Margazhi (December–January) being the most unmistakable. There are week by week, month to month and fortnightly customs acted in the sanctuary. Abhishekam, bathing of the directing divinity, is performed distinctly with the waters from Noopura Ganga, a lake on the highest point of the slope. Water from different sources isn’t utilized as it is accepted to decolour the picture.
Consistently during the Tamil month of Chithirai (April-May), Chithirai Thiruvizha is praised. Chithirai Thiruvizha is a yearly occasion of the marriage of Meenakshi, accepted to be Azhagar’s sister. The initial 15 days of the occasion is praised in Madurai for the plans among Meenakshi and Sundareswarar, while the following 15 days is about Azhagar getting ready for her marriage. The headliner is Kallazhagar crossing the Vaigai stream. A huge number of individuals accumulate in Madurai to observe this occasion. While Kallazhagar enters the stream, he comes to realize that his sister’s marriage is now finished, he comes back to Karuparayar Mandapam and afterward he takes ten symbols lastly comes back to Azhagar Kovil. This sanctuary acquired another Car, following 300 years, worked with a group of 15 craftsmans utilizing vengai tree wood for the structure and Burma teakwood for models. The preliminary run was hung on 6 July 2015.

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