Mariamman Temple also known as Vandiyur Mariamman Temple is located in east of the temple city Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. It is dedicated to Mariamman, the Hindu Goddess of rain. it is situated near to river Vaigai at a distance of about 3 km from the Meenakshi Amman Temple. It is an ancient temple which is 2000 years old. Temple has its huge pond Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam.
About The Temple
As Ambica is all prominent in the temple, there are no sub-deities in the temple, except Lord Vinayaka under the Arasu tree and Pechi Amman, who appears differently with her left hand squeezing around the neck of a person. Two dwarapalakis located on the entrance of Mariamman shrine.
About The Deity
Sage Jamadagni suspected the fidelity of his wife Renukadevi when she stood wondered at the handsomeness of a Gandharva seeing his reflection in the water. He immediately ordered his son Parasurama to chop off her head which the son obliged but restored her life back with his own powers. She-Renuka Devi is worshipped as Mari Amman.
Mother Durga is but the incarnation of Mother Parasakthi, ruler of the worlds. She created a Shakti from Her body to kill demon Mahishasura of the Yaksha family. Lord Shiva gave her the face, Lord Brahmma the body, Lord Vishnu 18 hands, Yama hair, Agni the eyes, Manmatha the eyebrows, Kubera the nose, Lord Muruga lips, Chandra-Moon her breasts, Indira hip and Varuna Her legs. Thus, she was the combination of powers of all Gods and is praised as Mahishasura Mardhini as she killed the demon.
Though Mariamman and Durga are different from each other, they represent Ambica. To emphasize this truth, they appear as two in a single form. This is a rare of form of Durga-Mariamman.
Ambica appears with all smiles, holding Pasam (rope), Angusa the controlling stick. She is sitting with her right leg folded while the left is half folded pressing Mahishasura on the floor. Though generally some demon is seen under the feet of Mariamman, as the Ambica in the temple is Mother Durga, Mahishasura particularly is seen under Her feet.
Kings used to worship Mariamman before marching on a war. When monsoon failed and drought spread, devotees performed pujas for rain-Mari in Tamil. As She graced the people with rain, people celebrated Her Mari Amman-Goddess of Rain. The name Mari Amman came to stay.
On Thaipusam, float festival is conducted in Mariamman Teppakulam (tank) in a colourful way, which attracts thousands of tourists. The idols of Goddess Meenakshi and her consort Lord Sundareshwarar, the deities of the Meenakshi Amman Temple come down to the tank in colorful floats, presenting a mesmerizing sight. In the month of mid-March to mid-April the grand annual festival is celebrated for continuous ten day.
Realizing their wishes, devotees carry fire pots, milk pots and mulaipari. They also offer vastras to Mariamman.
Mariamman Temple in Madurai holds a separate place in the hearts of Madurai people, the goddess’s power has no limits and she is considered to be the watching guard of Madurai. Nothing begins in this land without worshipping Mariamman. People with eye sore, small pox, seeking child boon and marriage, will be relieved from their ill luck. The abhisheka water in this temple has many magical powers and can cure Small pox, chicken pox and eye problems. And also people with skin diseases offer salt and pepper to the Goddess. On Fridays and Tuesdays devotees light lemon lamps along the plank for better life and fortune.
How to Reach Vandiyur Mariamman Temple, Madurai
Madurai airport is the nearest one, it is best to hire taxi from the airport to this temple than taking a bus.
From Madurai junction this temple is at a 30 mins drive, there are both bus and auto facilities to reach this temple.
Buses from Madurai Periyar Bus stand will take you to this temple, or else you can also take taxi.
Vandiyur Mariamman Temple,
Kamarajar Rd, Kamarajar Salai,
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India,
Pincode – 625009.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- For relief from eye problems
- For the welfare of family
- For prosperity
Sarva Mangala Maangalye Sive Sarvaardha Saadhike, Saranye Tryambake Gauri Naarayani Namosthuthe
Meaning -We offer you our salutations, Oh auspicious Naraayani, who is the good of all good, who can achieve everything and can offer refuge, Oh three-eyed Gowri.
Saranaangatha Dheenaartha Parithraana Paraayane Sarvasyaarthi Hare Devi Naaraayani Namosthuthe
Meaning -We offer salutations to you, Oh Narayani, who has the infinite power of creating, preserving and destroying. You are the basis and epitome of the 3 gunas.
Sarvaroope Sarvese Sarvasakthi Samanvithe, Bhayebhyastrahi No Devi Durge Devi Namosthuthe
Meaning -I offer my salutations to you mother Durga, who is present in all beings and has all power, save us from all our wrongdoings O mother of the universe.
Yaa Devi Sarva Bhooteshu Shakthi Roopena Samsthita Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha
Meaning -Salutations to the Goddess who resides as Shakti in all beings.
06:00 am to 09:00 pm.