Arulmigu Sri Kottai Mariamman Temple, is located in Dindigul. Sri Kottai Mariamman Kovil is a 200 year old temple which has an idol of Kottai Mariamman. Other important idols in the temple include Lord Vinayaka, Lord Murugan, Goddess Kali, Goddess Durga and Madurai Veeran. Kottai Mariamman is considered to be the guardian deity of the people of Dindigul. Devotees offer turmeric and salt at the foot of the post. Women perform a sacred abishek on the flag hoisting day hoping that the Goddess would be cooled down of her anger and bless the people. Devotees pray for child boon. It is also believed that praying to Kottai Mariamman effectively relieves the devotees from sickness, small-pox, prolonged illness and disabilities. There are three special entrances to the temple. At the front of the sannidhi (sanctorum), the Navagraha figures are installed. The processions are arranged through the front entrance. The main idol in the sanctum is installed on the floor of the temple and sakthi is always desidned with golden Kavacham during the festival. There is a Mandapam (Hall) in the centre of the ground in which there is a sculpture of a Lion facing the Sannidhi. The Sanctum is small & square shaped. There are several sculpture on the sniper structure over the Sanctum Sanctorum, depicting various incarnations of the goddess Mariamman.
The bottom of the idol is deeply installed in this temple than in other places.
The uniqueness of this temple is that the icon of the deity is deeply embedded compared to other temples. Mariamman is shown sitting with eight hands. The hands to the right hold a snake, trident, skull and bell while those on the left hold a bow, bowl and different weapons.
In the 18th century, a small peeta was the only idol of the deity. The army men of Tippu Sultan built a small mutt and installed the idol, which today is the Kottai Mariamman and guardian deity of the people of Dindigul. There are three special entrances to the temple. Processions are arranged through the front entrance. Other entrances are near the fort. Every year a 20-day festival is celebrated in this festival.
Morning 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.
Evening 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Soon after the new moon day in the month of Masi, (February-March), on the fifth day, the festival flag would be hoisted for a 20 day celebration in the temple. The festival continues for 30 days also in some years.
There are other festivals in all the 12 months of the year. The devotees come here & worship to get rid of several diseases like eye disease, small Pox etc. and get cured. Nearly 10 lakh people visit the temple during the festival days.
Arulmigu Sri Kottai Mariamman Temple is 1.9 km from the Dindigul bus stand,directly Buses are available to this temple.The temple is 50 km from Madurai.
Nearest Railway Station is located at Dindigul. 2.1 km from Arulmigu Sri Kottai Mariamman Temple to Dindigul railway station.
Nearest Airport is located at Madurai International Airport, 81.7km distance between the Arulmigu Sri Kottai Mariamman Temple to Coimbatore Airport.
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