Sri Mariamman Temple in KarurKarur, the town located in the Karur district of Tamil Nadu holds many temples which add on to its beauty and culture. Every temple brings its own set of festivals and legends and histories attached to it. Miracles, auspicious occasions, and rituals become a part of the daily life in Karur, hence making a visit to the temples in Karur memorable and full of new experiences. One such prominent temple present in Karur is the Mariamman temple which is visited by millions of devotees each year. The 500 year old Mariamman temple is centrally located in Karur and is the second largest Amman temple in Tamil Nadu.
Specialty of Sri Mariamman Temple in KarurMariamman is the mother goddess to the whole of South India and is loved and worshipped the most across various villages and towns. She is known to be the bearer of rains, a healer of communicable diseases and someone who takes care of the family and its welfare. People pray to her for proper rains, good yield of crops, for the well being of the family, fertility, for receiving a good spouse etc. Mariamman temple is known as a ‘temple for all’. Irrespective of cast or creed, people flow into the temple to worship Mother Mariamman. The Mother Goddess with all her four hands showers blessings upon her devotees and fills them with grace. People offer abhishekams and archanas and pray to the post in the temple. The festivals of the temple are celebrated at a grand scale accompanied by folk dancing and rituals like fire walking, nose piercing etc.
Festivals in Sri Mariamman Temple in KarurThere are various festivals celebrated in the Mariamman temples. Infact the Mariamman festivals are the most celebrated festivals all around the state of Tamil Nadu. As soon as the summer winds begin to blow, Mariamman festivals start being celebrated all across the state. Karur too takes a different turn with the festive aura settling over the whole town.
VaikasiThe most auspicious and the grandest festival of the Sri Mariamman temple in Karur is ‘Vaikasi’, celebrated in the month of May. The festival and its rituals last for 21 days. During this period the kumbam, the sacred stem (of the neem leaves), is taken from the temple and is brought to the river Amravathi. A huge procession follows the kumbam. You would witness lakhs of people, even the non-Hindus, being a part of this ceremony with lots of devotion and prayer. The kumbam is then lowered into the river. Also, cooking Pongal and serving it is one of the ceremonies. When the deity is taken out to be a part of the procession various folk dances and art forms like Mayilaatam, Oyilattam, Kalayattam etc are performed. And finally the spectacular display of fireworks, when seen from the banks of the river Amravathi is just breathtakingly beautiful. If you ever get to be present there at that moment, surely those sparkles in the skies of Karur would be etched in your memory for several years.
Other festivals:Apart from this, there are various other festivals like the Navarathri (September-October), Diwali (October November), Pongal in January and annual consecration day etc are celebrated in the temple here in Karur. Hence, all year long there are numerous events and days when the temple is completely lit up to welcome a huge crowd of people from all around. It would be definitely a great opportunity to be a part of the temple festivals if you be in Karur at that time.
The best thing about the Mariamman festivals is that it is open to all. Hindus and non-Hindus alike are a part of it. Infact there are lots of non -Hindu sponsors too who carry out various events during the festivals. This shows their love and affection towards the Goddess and how much she is accepted by all the people irrespective of social classes, geography or lifestyle. As the festive season approaches you would see all of the town folks getting busy by visiting relatives, meeting the elders and having a good family get together time.
Temple timing:Morning: 6.00am to 11.00 am
Evening: 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm
Contact details:Sri Mariamman temple,
Karur, Karur district.
Phone: 4324-246 0146