Monday, February 1, 2016

Samayapuram Mariamman Temple,Trichy

Samayapuram Mariamman Temple which is famous as 'Samayapuram Arululmigu Mariamman Thirukkovil' is dedicated to Goddess 'Shakthi' and is visited by very large number of devotees  round the year.It is the second wealthy temple in Tamil Nadu in terms of cash flow. The first wealthy temple in Tamil Nadu State in terms of cash flow is  Palani Murugan Temple.
Samayapuram Mariamman temple is situated in Tiruchirapalli District (Trichy District) and is 15 km away from Trichy City, the Headquarters of the District and beside the National Highway- NH-45 which is from Chennai to Trichy.
The temple complex is in a beautiful pleasant location near to the Holy River Cauvery.The presiding deity, Mariamman- who is the mother of the Universe and called as 'Samayapurathai' by the devotees can be visible from the entrance of the temple itself.By the glimpse of the deity from the entrance which is a phenomenon very rare in other temples, the devotees feel as if she is waiting their arrival.
The Samayapuram Mariamman is believed as a powerful deity who fulfills the wishes of the devotees.She cures many diseases and physical problems of the devotees.Devotees believes that if she blesses, ailments which needs surgery are also cured.People suffering from chicken pox come and pray in this temple and enjoys speedy recovery.A separate rest hall is available near to the temple for such patients.'Abhisheka Theertham' (Holy water) is sprinkled on the patients by the priest for  patients suffering from small pox.
For getting cured from other ailments, a small replica  of the affected body part which is made of silver(usually) is deposited in the donation box after praying to the Goddess.Such metallic replica of body parts are available in the shops near to the temple.Rolling around the 'temple prakaram' (corridor)  is performed as an offering by several ardent devotees.
The deity of this temple is made up of sand and mud and hence 'sacred bathing- 'Abhishekam' (Unction) is not done on the main idol but it is performed on the small stone idol placed in front of the main idol.The deity is supposed to be very ancient and a belief is that  'King Dasaratha'- father of Lord Shri Rama visited and worshiped her.
The present temple complex was built in the 18th century by King Vijayaraja Chakravarthi.
The main festival of the temple is in the Tamil month 'Chithirai' (April) and starts from the first Tuesday of Chithirai month.The festival lasts for 13 days and on the 10th day 'Chariot festival' takes place in which lakhs of devotees participate.The 'procession idol' is placed inside a decorated Chariot (temple car) and pulled around the temple by the devotees.'Teppam festival' which is float festival in which a decorated float is drawn in the temple tank is also conducted.All Hindu festivals are also celebrated in this temple in a grand manner such as 'Thaipoosam'.
All Fridays in the moth of 'Thai' (15th Jan-15th Feb) and in the month of 'Aadi' (15th July-15th Aug) are celebrated in a spectacular manner in this temple.
'Samayapurathai' comes for help at the exact time of need where ever her devotees are dwelling is a firm belief of her devotees.
'Mavilakku',  a sweet item made of Jaggery,rice flour and ghee is an important offering of

 the devotees to the Goddess in this temple.
The temple has gained tremendous popularity and devotees from all parts of the country throngs to Samyapuram Mariamman temple to visit and worship 'Samayapurathai', the Divine Mother.