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Samayapuram Mariamman

Samayapuram Mariamman -(file picture)

Samayapuram Mariamman Temple is in Samayapuram near Tiruchirappalli,Tamil Nadu. Samayapuram Mariamman is another form Sakthi, and is said to be very powerful in curing illness,especially viral ailments like chicken pox,measles of the devotees who visit here.

The Temple & the deity:  The temple is said to have built during the 17th century. The temple has a big covered corridor leading straight to the main sanctum. You can see shops selling flowers,coconuts,fruits, devotional books and other items lined on both the sides of the path.

The main deity ,Mariamman can be seen from the main entrance itself, signifying that the Goddess is ready to welcome us.The idol of the main deity is made from a mixture of sand and clay.The Amman is seen on a sitting posture with her right leg on the head of a demon. She is seen holding a sword in Her right hand. Abishekams are performed to a small idol in front of the main deity.

Festivals: Goddess Mariamman is said to undergoing fast on the the last Sunday of the Tamil month Masi (February-March) for 28 days for the welfare of all living beings in the world. During this period only tender coconut, and fruit juices in liquid form are offered as Nivedhyam to the Goddess. During these days a ritual called 'Poo Choridhal' is conducted.(showered with flowers)

The Chithirai Chariot Festival is celebrated for a period of 13 days from 1st of Chitirai ( mid of April) in a very grand scale which attracts hundreds of thousands of Devotees all over. The beautifully decorated Chariot with Goddess Samayapuram Mariamman will be pulled by devotees around the Temple.

Faiths & Beleifs: Those affected with Chicken pox and measles stay here in the temple and it is their beleif that they get cured fast. They consume the 'theertham' (holy water) given at the temple and lay in a bed of neem leaves. ( scientically it is proven that the Neem leaves are good disinfectant and has many medicinal properties). Tonsuring (offering of hair), ear boring ceremonies are done here as thanks giving. Devotees pull the golden chariot, carry fire pots, do 'anga pradhakshanams' (roll around in clockwise direction in the corridor of the temple), offer cradles made of sugarcane. The devotees offer 'maavilakku ( lamps made of rice flour,jaggery and ghee as fuel) for 15 days during Thaipoosam festival in January-February. They also offer paddy, grains, goats, cocks as prayer commitments.

Temple location The temple is in Samayapuram village which is 15 kms from Trichy off the Trichy - Chrennai highway.

Temple Timings  The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

How to reach?  This is well connected by frequent town buses from Trichy Main Guard Gate,Trichy Central bus stand, Chathiram bus stand.

Where to Stay? There are no hotels in Samayapuram. Stay in Trichy where there are many good hotels at all budgets.
Contact The Executive Officer,
Sri Samayapuram Mariamman Temple,
Samayapuram -621 112.
Phone: 0431 - 2670460, 2670907, 2670557
E-Mail ID : samayapurammariamman@tnhrce.org

Useful data
State: Tamil Nadu
District: Trichy
Famous for: Pilgrimage
Languages: English,Tamil
Best Season: Throughout the year. Summer( from May to July) could be very sultry when the mercury shoots to 40 degree celsius.
Weather: Summer 33-42°C, Winter 16-28°C
Altitude: Sea level

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