Main God : Lord Mariamman
Location : The Executive officer, Arulmigu Mariamman Temple,
N0 1/Main Bazar, Udagamandalam, Nilgiri District.
Pin:643001. Ph: 0423 2442754
The 28 day car festival during the whole of February month is the longest and biggest festival of the temple. Mother Aadhi Parasakti comes in procession in different forms as Durga, Kamakshi, Parvathi, Meenkshi, Rajarajeswari, Heddhai Amman and Bhagavathi.
Crowd would be in lakhs. During the car procession, devotees throw salt on the deity in the hope that all their hardships would go off as salt disappears in water
The temple would be full of devotees on new moon days, Fridays in the month of Aadi (July-August), Navarathri days in Purattasi (September-October) and other days of religious importance.
WORSHIP TIME :
The temple is kept open for darshan from morning 6.00 to night 8.00
POOJAI TIMING :
Kaala sandhi – 7.00 A.M
Utchikaalam – 12.00 P.M
Saayaratchai – 6.00 P.M
Raakaala pooja – 8.00 P.M
ARULMIGU MARIAMMAN TEMPLE – HISTORY :
Two sisters, so beautiful in appearance came here from north and asked the traders assembled there a space for their stay. Seeing the sisters, the traders felt some influence in them and asked the sisters to stay near the tree there.
A lightning linking earth and heaven appeared and the sisters disappeared. The traders realized that they were but Goddesses, built the temple and began worships. The temple came to be known as Sandhaikadai (shandy) Mariamman Temple.
ARULMIGU MARIAMMAN TEMPLE :
Mother Durga represents three powers (shakti or energy) called Itcha Sakti, Gnana Sakti and Kriya Sakti. Thre are three deities in the temple representing each of these powers in the form of Mari, Kali and, Katteri and this is a rare type in a single temple. Kali, though described furious, is very calm and smiling in the temple.
A thread called Mudikayiru prepared with Mantras in the Katteri Amman shrine is believed to protect the devotee from evil looks, illness, magic spells, witchcraft effects etc. This is mostly used to protect children. Women wear it for child boon. The thread is also used to protect cattle. ooty mariamman temple ooty mariamman temple
An incident is narrated related with the formation of this temple. According to it every tuesday merchants from Coimabatore came to this region to trade with the local tribals. On one of this day two sisters travelling from north reached market. They had divine look and manner. ooty mariamman temple ooty mariamman temple
When they asked for a place to stay, they were told to stay under a nearby tree. They did not knew that the sisters were Goddesses. A lightning or flash of light appeared near the tree and the sisters disappeared.
Then the people understood that the sisters were divine forms and built a temple for Goddess Kaliamman and Mariamman together. It is the Mariamman temple seen today. It is the only place where both goddess are seen together. Even today people gather at market on Tuesday and worship Goddess Mariamman on their way returning from market. ooty mariamman temple ooty mariamman temple ooty mariamman temple
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