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Pusan God in Hindu Religion

Pusan is one of the names of Surya, the sun god in Hinduism. It is considered to be the sixth name of the sun god. The name pusan is recited during surya namaskara and while offering prayers. He is praised in the Rig Veda in numerous hymns. Pusan means one who nourishes. He is the protector of all beings. He nourishes and protect all living begins including cattle. Pusan is also referred as the brother of Indra. He is offered prayers in the Vedas to bring back horses, cows, sheep and other livestocks. He is also offered prayers to keep livestocks away from diseases and injuries. Pusan also drives away enemies and brings their wealth. Apart from Rig Veda, chants dedicated to Pusan are found in Asvalayana Grihyasutra and Samkhayana Grihyasutra.

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 ma