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Sathuragiri Hills
Mahalingam temple
Country  India
State Tamil Nadu
District Virudhunagar
 • Body Panchayat
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 626149
Nearest city Madurai
Lok Sabha constituency sivakasi
Vidhan Sabha constituency Srivilliputtur
Civic agency Panchayat
Climate both chill and hot (Köppen)



Sathuragiri Hills 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 used to live here. abode of god was bending position ..another god calls santhana mahalingam...up to 4 km periya mahalingam statue in forest..and rivers..navagraga stone in top of hill...

This is a mysterious hill where it is believed that siddhars still worship the lord Shiva.

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, no telephone connection, no range for cell phones. 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. Annadhana is going on from morning to 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 issue 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, 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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6 news items

The New Indian Express
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 15:07:30 -0700

The house owner, Karthik, a car driver was away at Sathuragiri Hills and his wife Kiruthika was at her in-laws' place. Following inquiries, police arrested Ibrahim from a TASMAC shop in Ganapathypalayam on Saturday evening and recovered the gold from ...
Times of India
Wed, 07 Jan 2015 12:15:00 -0800

Paliyar community that lived in Sathuragiri Hills were repatriated to plains some decades ago, but they were finding difficult to cope with a life in plains. Highly exploited by local communities and struggling without a proper source of livelihood ...
Times of India
Mon, 05 Jan 2015 08:41:15 -0800

The Paliyar community that lived in Sathuragiri Hills were relocated to the plains a few decades ago. However, they were finding it difficult to cope with the life in the plains. "We think this effort by forest department will be of great help for us ...

Times of India

Times of India
Tue, 20 Jan 2015 21:44:54 -0800

She was alone at the police station as others had gone to nearby Sathuragiri Hills, where a temple function was going on. A case has been registered and investigations were on. Madurai district superintendent of police Vijayendra S Bidari and Peraiyur ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Thu, 20 Feb 2014 04:59:35 -0800

Around 200 villages spread over the southern fringes of Madurai district and Virudhunagar, fall in the black alluvial soil belt and encompass the Gundar ecosystem. Two rivers Therkaru and Varattaru originating from Sathuragiri hills become one at ...
Times of India
Tue, 22 Jan 2013 16:52:12 -0800

He roped in his student T Boopalan and got the help of his colleague, botanist Ganesan S, to comb Sathuragiri Hills in Virudhunagar district and Megamalai Hills in Theni for the flowers. The trio was able to spot 46 of the 99 flowers mentioned in ...

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