(Last Updated on : 22/06/2012)
: Maariamman, is a manifestation of Shakti - the mother goddess. Local beliefs relate this deity with cures for small pox and chicken pox.
: Shiva created Kali, from the poison he swallowed after amruth manthan, and decreed that she kill Daarukaasuran and she was called Kali. Mariamman is a form of Kali, and is also called Mahamaayi or Seethala Gowri. Dasaratha, father of Rama worshipped here. It is believed that the utsav murthi of Mariamman was in the possession of the Vijayanagar rulers and as their empire faced destruction, this image was brought to Tamilnadu in an ivory palanquin. The palanquin bearers paused for rest on the way, placing the palanquin on the ground and found unable to lift it. A temple was built close by Tiruchirappalli, which was later expanded by Vijayaranga Chokkanatha Nayak of Madurai.
: This temple has separate shrines for the processional image and the main image in the sanctum. There is also a shrine dedicated to Karuppannasaami a local deity.
Offerings are made of salt, jaggery (brown sugar), lentils, and jewelry by devotees.
: Annual festivals are celebrated during Thai Poosam, and Tamil months of Pankuni and Chittirai.