Pazhamudhir Solai temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Karthikeya or Murugan. The temple is located atop a hill in the thick Solai jungle. It is among the six abodes of Muruga and an important pilgrimage site. The temple is located around 25 km north of Madurai and is close to Azhagar Kovil’s Vishnu temple. It is believed that the main deity of Pazhamudhir Solai temple was relocated from Azhagar Kovil to Pazhamudircholai during the rule of Thirumalai Nayak.
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Apart from Muruga, the temple has separate shrines for his consorts Valli and Deivayanai. A shrine for Ganesha is also present in the temple. The idol of Muruga has four hands and one face and is in standing posture. As compared to other famous temples in Madurai, Pazhamudhir Solai temple is small. It has an intricately carved vimana and a beautiful gopuram. The temple is mentioned in Sillapattikaram, a popular piece of Tamil literature, and is famous in local folklore.
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