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Sathuragiri Hills
Mahalingam temple
Country  India
State Tamil Nadu
District Madurai
 • Body Panchayat
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 625703
Nearest city Madurai
Lok Sabha constituency theni
Vidhan Sabha constituency usilampatti
Civic agency Panchayat(saptur)
Climate both chill and hot (Köppen)
Website http://www.sathuragiritemple.tnhrce.in

Sathuragiri Hills(Tamil: சதுரகிரி) or Chathuragiri otherwise known as ' SUNDARA MAHALINGAM ' is situated 10 km from Watrap (Wathirairuppu) near Srivilliputhur. The name Sathuragiri came from Chathur (4) Veda (Vedas) Giri (Hill), where all the four Vedas met and formed the hill. Another meaning is that the whole mountain is in square (Chathuram) in shape so the name Chathuragiri. Sathuragiri is the Abode of God. It is otherwise also called as Mahalingam Hill. This is also called as "Siddargal boomi". 18 Siddhas were said to live here. This is a mysterious hill where it is believed that Siddhars still worship the lord Shiva.

Recent update - Public are allowed only Six days in a month, 3 days each during New Moon & Full Moon days (i.e. Day before & Day after, with Full moon or New moon days).

How to Reach here: Pilgrims coming from Chennai direction has to come to Madurai and get down at Krishnan Koil Bus Stop on the way to Srivilliputhur then go to Watrap (Watthirairuppu). From Watrap have to go to Thaanipaarai, the base of the hill. Buses are available even from Srivilliputhur itself to Watrap and Thaniparai. Pilgrims travelling from South have to pass through Nagercoil – Tirunelveli – Rajapalayam – Srivilliputhur – Watrap -Thaniparai.
By Train: One has to take Shenkottai Express from Chennai and get down at Srivilliputhur. Then from there they can take a bus to Thaniparai (base of the Saturagiri Hill)

Up the Hill: For the first time, it takes nearly 4 to 5 hours to climb to the Top of the hill. Rest, can reach the top within 2 to 3 hours. On the hill there is no electricity, W L L telephone connection available (BSNL), getting BSNL cell phones only. We can find few number of shops selling buttermilk, coffee, snacks, etc. During some days like full moon day, new moon day and other festive seasons Annadhanam is served to the devotees from morning till evening near both the temples and stay in the shelter provided there before dark falls. Basic amenities are provided at the hill.

Distance from

  • Madurai to Watrap 65 km (60 km from airport & 68 km from maatuthavani)
  • Virudnagar to Watrap 35 km
  • Rajapalayam to Watrap 31 km
  • Srivilliputtur to Watrap 20 km
  • Watrap to Thannipaarai[ base of hill ]10 km [ by auto riksha,mini bus is available ]
  • Thannipaari to Sathuragiri [ sundaramahalingam, sivan temple ] 7 km [ by walk ]


Annadhanam(Free Food) is Provided To The Pilgrims on almost all days especially No Moon Days and Full moon days By several Annadhana Madam/Volunteers.

"Sathuragiri Kanjimadam" which is managed by "Sree Kalimuthu Swamigal Trust" provides food for all devotees at any time at free of cost.

Arulmigu agathiyar annathana Arakkattalai provided free food in all days. Siva Sangu Iyya Avarakalin annnthanam in sathuragiri hills during full moon only. He issues free Note Books to poor children from his trust Money.

Also Thiru Siva Sangu Ayya Avarkal has build One Maha Kali temple in Taniparai which is very Power Full Temple where Yagnas are conducted.

There are several secluded places for the most aspiring in divine path.

Sathura Giri devotees.


Madurai near Tirumangalam to srivilliputhur to watrap to thaniparai sathuragiri

Tirumangalam to watrap km,52, Madurai near Tirumangalam to Alagapuri to Watrap to Thaniparai Sathuragiri. watrap to thaaniparai km,8.5, virudhunagar to watrap km;43.5, taxi indica omni,srivillipudur to thaniparai rs,600/,watrap to thaniparai rs,200/

External links[edit]

The Hills are under protected category. Pilgrims are advised not to carry any plastic / polythene bags, which may harm the natural habitat of the hills.

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88 news items

The Hindu
Sun, 16 Aug 2015 17:06:37 -0700

Over 500 devotees who were atop Sathuragiri hills were asked to remain at Sundaramahalingam Temple and not allowed to climb down following heavy downpour on Sunday evening. Virudhunagar Superintendent of Police S. Maheswaran said that number ...

The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express
Mon, 18 May 2015 17:33:17 -0700

DINDIGUL/VIRUDHUNAGAR:Three tourists were on Monday crushed to death in the Kodaikanal hills when a tree fell on them following rains, even as the death toll in the flash floods at Sathuragiri hills in Virudhunagar district rose to six with officials ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Thu, 13 Aug 2015 23:35:22 -0700

Elaborate security arrangements have been put in place at Sundaramahalingam Temple in Sathuragiri hills on the Western Ghats ahead of Adi Amavasai festival on Friday. Since eight pilgrims were washed away in flash floods in May, the authorities from ...


Sun, 17 May 2015 23:09:15 -0700

The pilgrims had been advised to not go to the hills following the rains, but they didnt listen, said a senior police officer. Tamil Nadu: Six pilgrims were killed in flash floods on the Sathuragiri Hills in Tamil Nadu yesterday. Heavy rains yesterday ...
Times of India
Sun, 09 Aug 2015 18:25:42 -0700

Situated on the Sathuragiri hills, the ancient Siva temple receives a lot of visitors during full moon and new moon days. Usually, about 300 -500 people visit the temple regularly. The number goes up to about 1,500 to 2,000 during weekends. During ...

Deccan Chronicle

Deccan Chronicle
Sat, 22 Aug 2015 17:36:33 -0700

The joint review meeting by the ministers representing tourism, forests and revenue department came in the wake of the state earmarking Rs 15 crore to develop the Sathuragiri hills and the Sundaramahalingam temple located in the Srivilliputhur Grizzled ...
The New Indian Express
Tue, 19 May 2015 17:33:45 -0700

Official sources said four teams comprising officials from the Forest Department and the Fire and Rescue Services carried out a search in the Sathuragiri Hills near Srivilliputhur in the morning, as three people were reported missing. The teams ...
The Hindu
Mon, 10 Aug 2015 17:12:59 -0700

Located in the southern part of Western Ghats between Sivagiri, Vishnugiri, Bhrahmagiri and Siddhagiri mountains, the temple in Sathuragiri hills is visited by at least 350 devotees on weekdays and more than 1,500 during weekends. Collector L.

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