Maha Samadhi of Rama Deva Siddha
Azhagar Koil is a very popular destination in Madurai. The shrine for Azhagar (Lord Vishnu), Palaimuthir Solai (Lord Muruga) are well known.
Palaimuthir Solai Murugan Temple Madurai
If you climb the nearby hill, there is a small spring located on the top called Noopura Ganga. The water of this eternal spring tastes so sweet. There is also a small temple for Goddess Rakkayi nearby. The TamilNadu government runs a small herbal garden here.
On way to Noopura Ganga Spring Madurai
Herbal Farm Trees at Azhagar Koil Madurai
Herbal Farm at Azhagar Koil Madurai
Bats hanging in the herbal farm Madurai
But what most people arent aware is the Samadhi of Rama Deva Siddhar which is a 7-8 kms trek from this place. There is a small Shiva Linga at the samadhi but nothing else. Rama Deva was one of the 18 Rishis or Siddhars who were well versed in ancient medicine,alchemy and other sciences.
Rama Deva Siddha Madurai
Rama Deva Siddha Dwajasthambam Madurai
Rama Deva Siddha Temple Gopuram Madurai
Premises Rama Deva Siddha Temple Entrance Madurai
Rama Deva Siddha Temple Entrance Madurai
There is another group of people who believe that the Samadhi of Rama Deva rishi is that of the Lord Narasimha shrine located just behind the main deity in Azhagar Koil ( seen in the image below). There seems to be an older shrine for Narasimha in the temple and this shrine which stands out seperately in an elevated platform doesnt seem to be inline with the general temple structure.
Lord Karuppanasamy Temple Madurai
Lord Karuppanasamy Temple Gopuram Madurai
Shrine of Lord Narasimha believed to be the Maha Samadhi of Rama Dev
Shrine of lord Karuppanasamy Madurai