Alagar Koyil- Part One

One of the temples at Alagar Koyl

One of the temples at Alagar Koyil

When we arrived at Alagar Koyil, we left our shoes, and walked quietly around the large granite structure with columns engraved with different depictions of Hindu gods and goddesses rising into the air.  I missed our host, with her enthusiastic descriptions and her detailed and extensive knowledge.  With our host the temples came to life, people’s worship had meaning, I understood what I saw.  Without her, I felt like a bit of an outsider: staring at buildings, knowing nothing about why the people visited, what was in their hearts and minds, and what was the particular purpose behind a place.

granite sculptures

granite sculptures

Wikipedia tells me Alagar Koyil (Azhakar Kovil) is a temple dedicated to Vishnu 21 km outside of Madurai.

bright colors on the temple

bright colors on the temple

closeup of painted temple

closeup of temple

colorful temple in the process of being painted

colorful temple in the process of being painted

did you steal that banana little guy?

did you steal that banana little guy?

monkeys on the temple walls

monkeys on the temple walls

beautiful old temple

beautiful old temple

four monkeys on a wall...

four monkeys on a wall…

more monkeys

more monkeys

last one!

last one!

Sorry to anyone who sees monkeys all the time and therefore finds the photos of them a bit boring-   Maybe I should have named this post “Monkeys at the Temple.” We don’t have monkeys roaming free in the States, so I find them totally fascinating! And to those who visit Alagar Koyil- the monkeys may be cute but, as I have witnessed, they have no qualms about stealing your food (offerings) and I heard some comparison like a forty pound monkey is as strong as a two hundred pound man.

After we studied the granite structures, we took the trail, leading into soft green trees, and up a hill to the temple at the top.  I’m saving those photos for Part Two (I had so many photos I decided to split them up) but here’s a sneak peak:

the path

the path to the top

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