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Samayapuram Mariamman Temple, Trichy

     Samayapuram Mariamman Temple is a Hindu temple in Samayapuram near Trichy in Tamil Nadu, India. The main deity, Samayapurathal or Mariamman is made of sand and clay like many of the traditional Mariamman deities and hence no abhishekams (sacred washing) conducted to the main deity, but instead to the small stone statue in front of it. Samayapuram is the second most wealthy (in terms of cash flows) temple in Tamil Nadu after Palani.

     It is believed by the devotees that the Goddess has enormous powers over curing illnesses and hence, it is a ritual to buy small metallic replicas, made with silver or steel, of various body parts that need to be cured, and these are deposited in the donation box. Devotees also offer mavilakku, a sweet dish made of jaggery, rice flour and ghee. Offerings of raw salt is also made to the Goddess by the rural devotees.

     Persons affected by Chickenpox and Smallpox come to this place, stay here and pray the Goddess for speedy recovery. Abisheka Theertham (Divine Water) is sprinkled on them after Pooja and they get recovered very quickly. There is a separate rest hall for their stay in the temple.

History:
     In early 18th century, King Vijayaraya Chakkaravarthi built the present day form of the temple. It is believed that the locals worship the Goddess for many centuries before building the current temple. One legend says that the present deity was at the Ranganathaswamy temple at Srirangam, and one of chief priests of the temple believed that the idol caused him illness and hence asked it to be removed from the temple. The idol was moved outside Srirangam, and later found by some of the passerby who built a temple named, the Kannanur Mariamman temple.

     During that period (around 17th century BC), Trichi was ruled by the Vijayanagar kings and the area was used as an army base. It is believed that they made a commitment to build the temple if they win the war and after attaining success they built a shrine for the Goddess. Originally it was under the management of the Thiruvanaikaval temple, a popular one in the region. Later, the control was split.

Festivals:
Thai Poosam, usually occurring in the Tamil month of Thai. The main festival is during the start of the summer, generally in April. During this time, the temple chariot processions and teppams (lake processions) happen. All the Fridays in the Tamil months of Aadi (July 15 - Aug17) and Thai (Jan 15 - Feb 15) are celebrated in a grand manner.

Location:
     Samayapuram Mariamman Temple is situated on Tiruchirappalli - Chennai NH 45, just 15 kms north of Tiruchirappalli town.

Timing:
     Morning 6.00 A.M To Night 8.00 P.M

Contact:
Arulmighu Mariamman Temple,
Samayapuram, Trichy, - 621 112.
Phone: +91-431-2670557
Email: symmariamman@gmail.com
Website: www.samayapurammariamman.org





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