|Samayapuram Sree Mariamman Temple-Trichy|
The Maariamman Temple at Samayapuram in the vicinity of Tiruchirappalli (see below), is one of the well visited shrines in Tamilnadu, dedicated to Maariamman, a manifestation of the primeval energy Shakti as the mother Goddess. Local variations of the worship of Shakti, the mother Goddess are seen throughout the Indian subcontinent. Mariamman is a form of Shakti worshipped in Tamilnadu, and is associated with prosperity and health. Local beliefs associate this deity with cures for diseases such as small pox and chicken pox.
|Samayapuram Sree Mariamman|
- Thai Poosam, usually occurring in the Tamil month of Thai.Like most Tamil temples the main festival is during the start of the summer, generally in April. During this time, the temple chariot processions and theppams take place.
- All the Fridays in the Tamil months of Aadi [July 15 – Aug17] and Thai [Jan 15 – Feb 15] are celebrated in a grand manner.
|View of the Temple Entrance|
Samayapuram is a significant symbol of the native culture in rural Tamil Nadu and there a number of unique practices concerning the Mariamman temples. Samayapuram has been used a model to describe rural folklore in a number of research works on sociology and religion.
The legacy of Samayapuram is well spread beyond Tamil Nadu and even after centuries of emigrating from India, many people in Sri Lanka, Singapore, South Africa and Fiji still maintain their loyalties to the temple and try to create similar temples and environment in their new country, raising both a cause of concern and an appreciation of diversity.