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Alagirinathar Temple at Salem in Tamil Nadu – Salem Azhagirinathar Kovil

Alagirinathar Temple is located at Kottai near Salem in Tamil Nadu. This is ancient shrine and the temple is famous as Azhagirinathar Kovil. Legend has it that Goddess Lakshmi took birth here as the daughter of Bhrigu Rishi and Lord Vishnu appeared here as Alagirinathar and married her.

Story of Alagirinathar Temple at Salem

Legend has it that Goddess Lakshmi who witnessed the incident of Sage Bhrigu kicking the chest of Vishnu could not tolerate the behavior of Sage Bhrigu and she was even more annoyed with Vishnu for letting the sage go scot free.

Goddess Lakshmi left for earth. Sage Bhrigu realized his mistake and wanted to make amends.
He came to earth and on advice of Sage Vaiganasa performed intense austerities at Salem.

Goddess Lakshmi then appeared here in the form of a baby girl. Sage Bhrigu realized that the baby was Mahalakshmi. He took good care of the baby girl and in due course of time, she grew up into a beautiful girl.

The time had come for the marriage of the beautiful girl. Vishnu then appeared at the ashram in the form of Alagirinathar. He is also known as Sri Soundararaja Perumal. After her marriage with Vishnu, Goddess Lakshmi came to be known as Sri Sundaravalli Thayar. The divine marriage is annually held and it is an important festival in the shrine.

Murtis Worshiped in the Temple

The murti of Vishnu in the temple is in standing posture. The murti has four hands – two in blessing posture and two carried conch and chakra. The murti is flanked by Sridevi and Bhudevi.

In the temple, Sri Sundaravalli Thayar shrine is located to the right side of the main sanctum sanctorum. Goddess Sundaravalli Thayar gives darshan in padmasanam posture.

Other murtis found in the temple are that of Sri Adi Venugopalaswamy (Sri Krishna), Goddess Andal, Chakkarathazhwar with sixteen hand with various weapons, Hanuman and Karudalwar.

Devotees offer prayers here for removal of marriage related problems. It is believed that those who offer prayers get good marriage alliance.

The shrine is also noted for its architecture and sculptures.

Salem Alagirinathar Temple Timings

6:00 AM to 12:00 PM
 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM