Badri Narayanan Temple, Alagar Koil, Madurai
Badri Narayanan Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located at Alagar Koil in Madurai District of Tamilnadu. This Temple is situated at the entrance of Kallazhagar Temple, Alagar Koil.
As per the legend, Lord Kallazhagar visits the temple in the eve of the Chittirai festival, one of the famous festivals in Tamil Nadu. The Kallazhagar starts his journey from the Alagar Koil crossing the Badri Narayanan Shrine. During this time, he visits Vandiyur, near the Vaigai River, on the eastern outskirts of Madurai. It is believed that he realizes that he is too late for his sister's wedding, so refuses to cross the river and returns disappointed to Alagar Koil.
The temple is built in the style of the Badrinath temple, Uttarakhand. The principal deity is Badri Narayana in a meditative posture, flanked by Nara-Narayanan. Besides the idol of Lord Vishnu, the temple also houses an idol of Lord Balaji in seated a posture. Another idol of Adi Shankaracharya, a famous Hindu saint of 8th century A.D., is installed alongside in the temple garbhagriha. Few other images of deities such as Goddess Lakshmi, consort of Lord Vishnu, Garuda, Vishnu's mount, Anjaneya, and Lord Ganesha are enshrined within the temple complex. A huge date tree has been planted at the back of the temple, behind the idol of Lord Badri Narayana.
This temple celebrates the Chittirai festival, one of the prominent festivals of Tamil Nadu, on a grand scale attracting pilgrims from different destinations. Besides, the Chittirai festival the temple performs the daily poojas and organizes monthly bhajans in the temple premises.
The Temple is located at entrance of Kallazhagar Temple, Azhagar Koil. The Temple is located at about 15 Kms from Melur, 20 Kms from Madurai, 21 Kms from Madurai Periyar Bus Stand, 16 Kms from Mattuthavani Integrated Bus Terminus, 21 Kms from Madurai Railway Junction and 31 Kms from Madurai International Airport. Buses 23N, 44B, 44T, 44, 444 ply from Madurai to Azhagar Koil.