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History and Significance of Sri Azhagirinathar Temple, Salem 

This place was originally known as Sri Shailam as Mother Sri was born here. Later, it changed as Salem. Shailam means a holy place.Sri Hanuman who accompanied Lord Sri Rama in search of Mother Sita, had a bath in the Manimutharu River. Seeing the alluring handsomeness of Lord Azhagirinathar, he chose the place to stay. In engagement ritual for marriages, the bridegroom side demands the bride side to give their daughter promising on Lord Azhagirinathar. The practice is still in vogue in this place. The philosophy that every being in the world is but a female before Lord, the Parama Purusha though physically they appear different on earth and that a male backing is necessary for every female in some form or other, is explained in the sculpture of Lord having Mother in the chest. It is said that all the sages in Ramavatara became Gopikas to follow Lord Krishna in the next avatar in support of this philosophy. This is depicted in the sculpture on the Vimana. People pray here seeking remedy for nervous ailments as Sage Brugu was cured here. He was arrogant once that caused him this defect. He prayed to Perumal here for cure, it is said. Devotees pray to Lord Santhana Gopalakrishna under the Punnai tree in the temple for child boon.

History of Sri Azhagirinathar Temple, Salem

The history begins with the visit of Sage Brugu to Vaikunta when Lord was in talk with Mother Mahalakshmi. Lord pretended as if He did not notice the visit of the sage. Angry Muni dared to hit the Lord for His indifference. Noticing this, Mother left the place in anger. To teach a lesson to the sage, Lord removed the wisdom eye on his feet making him powerless. Sage, realizing his folly, sought the pardon of Lord. The sage was advised to get the pardon from Mother first.The sage came to this place and performed penance on Mother Mahalakshmi. He found one day a pretty child sitting alone and crying. He took the child, named Her Sundaravalli and brought Her up. When she attained the marriageable age, the sage found that Lord Narayana alone was a deserving match for Sundaraalli and prayed to Him.Lord came as Azhagirinathar and married Sundaravalli. Sage came to know that the child he brought up was but Mother Mahalakshmi and sought Her pardon. Lord Azhagianathar and Mother Sundaravalli pardoned the rishi. They stayed here itself as wished by Sage Brugu.

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  1. Kiran says:

    hindu sage of salem

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