The Nalla Mariamman Temple is located in Thozhudur and is dedicated to Nalla Mariamman. It is believed that Sage Jamadagni and his wife Renukadevi lived in the region of in Thozhudur. Renukadevi, with the power of her chastity, would fill water in pots made from sand. Once she saw the reflection of a handsome Gandharva traveling on his horse across the sky and wondered at his beauty. The very thought affected her power and her pots broke, forcing her to return to the Ashram empty - handed. Sage Jamadagni understood the reason and asked his son Parasurama to cut off her head. Parasurama did so with great pain. Pleased with his obedience, the sage offered him a boon. Parasurama asked for his mother's life back and the sage agreed but decided to leave his wife. He said that she would continue the service of offering pure water to the people in the name Mariamman (Mari in Tamil meaning water). She is considered the deity to the people from the potters' community in Thozhudur.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Removal of obstacles in marriage efforts
- Boon of childbirth
- Higher education
- Relief from eye ailments
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.
6 a.m. to 11 a.m. 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.