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Samayapuram Mariamman Temple
Mariamman, associate degree incarnation of divinity Parvati, is taken into account to be most sacred and powerful version of Sakti Hindu deity. Samayapuram Mariamman Temple dates back to eighteenth century and was engineered by King Vijayaraya Chakaravarti. As per legend, the idol of Mariamman was at first belongs to Sri Ranganathar Temple of Srirangam, later was removed collectively of the most priest felt that the divinity caused ill health to him. Then the Idol was bought an admirer to Samayapuram. Later throughout Vijayanagara Empire, a temple was engineered for Mariamman. Devotees believe that the divinity can cure all ill health and fulfill all their needs. several devotees gift the silver or steel impressions of human components that got ill health as associate degree giving in temple donation box, in order that the divinity can cure the ill health. Tourists will see the most godof Mariamman in sanctum sanctorum right from the most entrance in contrast to in alternative Hindu Temples.
Samayapuram Mariamman Temple is situated on Tiruchirappalli Chennai NH 45, just 20 kms north of Tiruchirappalli town. Every Sunday, Tuesday and Friday, hundreds of devotees throng the temple and perform Poojas. The offerings are in various forms. The most common offering is the Mavilakku Mavu made of jaggery, rice flour, dhal and ghee. Samayapuram is an important pilgrim center for all village people of this region.
Car festival(April- May) and Flower festival/ Poochorithal (Feb-March) are very famous in this temple along with the festivals during Vaikasi( Pancha Prahara Urchavam and Thai Poosam festival associated with the Renganathar at Srirangam.
The associated temple named Ujjaini Om Kaliyamman at Magalikudi lies at 500 m. It is said that the king Vikramathithan who ruled Ujjain prayed the deity and took holy bath in the Sakthitheertham perennial well here. Full moon days and new moon days are pious days here.
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Prominence of the Shrine : Devi here is called as “Samayapurathal” she saves the devotees at the instant (Instance-Samayam in Tamil). For the welfare of the people Ambal herself observes fast and penance. The devotees spray flowers on her for the successful completion of the penance. This is celebrated as “Poochoridal”. This penance of Ambal is known as “Absolute Fasting Penance” (Pachchaipattini Viradham). For the first 28 days of ‘Poochoridal’, solid food is not offered to Ambal. She is offered tender coconut, Cane juice, Jaggery soup, thin buttermilk only.
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Temple History : Magisha was the offspring of Demon king Ramba and Buffalo Queen. He became intoxicated with pride consequent on the boons granted to him as a result of his long held penance. He rose against the Devas and subdued them. The seven worlds dreaded to hear his name. Goddess Durga was out to save the Devas. She observed tough penance and fought with Magisha for nine days and killed him. She was hailed ‘Magishasura Mardhini’ as a result. In order to mitigate the anger and to transform her frightful appearance, Magishasura mardhini decided to observe penance. She reached Srirangam temple. The temple priests at Srirangam who were unable to bear the pulsating rage of Devi, begged with her to move to a place not frequented much by people. Accordingly, Devi went to Samayapuram on the banks Cauvery. There she sat under a neem tree. Calling herself ’Gowmari’ Devi adorned herself with yellow clothes and concealed herself in soft flowers. She observed penance with fasting. The rage subsided. People in the vicinity raised a temple for her and began to worship her. Devi became Mariamman in this temple offering blessings to all the people around.
Architectural Profile : A certain king of Vijayanagaram, while he was on an invasion of South, worshipped Mariamman and won the war. To fulfil his vow, he built a temple for Gowri with lofty walls and enshrined the supporting deities of Vinayaka and Karuppanna Swamy.
Temple Timings : 5.30 am to 8.45 pm.
Pooja Details :Ushat Kalam : 6.00 am.
Kala Santhi : 8.00 am.
Uchchi Kalam : 12.00 noon.
Saya ratchai : 6.00 pm.
Second Period : 8.00 pm.
Artha Jamam : 9.00 pm.
Golden Chariot : 7.00 pm.
Nearest Town : Trichy.
Address : Arulmigu Mariamman Thirukoil,
Trichy District – 621 112.
Telephone Number : 0431 –2670460.