Thayamangalam is a small town in the Sivaganga district in Tamil Nadu. Amman means “amma” in tamil, here the goddess is believed to be the protecting mother of all. It is a powerful temple and the primary God Muthumaari Amman resolve people’s all the prayers and problems. There is a Big Theppakulam has located (Theertham) near by the temple.
The temple has a Maavilakku Mandapam, Valipeedam and a three tiered Raja Gopuram. The Mahamandapam has its own Valipeedam, Kadimaram and Simma Vaahanam. Next to the Mahamandapam there is an Artha Mandapam, and outside the main deity there is a shrine to Ganesha and Muruga in the left and right respectively. The Amman idol itself is depicted as standing with an Agni Kireedom on the head and with four arms, each holding a different item. The idiol upper right and lower light hands hold an Udukkai and a Knife while the left hands hold a Soolam and a Vessel. Thayamangalam Mariamman is most powerful and auspicious. She is a virgin goddess and so she is even more pious. People with incurable diseases, personal problems, blockage in Marriage, and with financial issues, visit this temple with the hope to seek answers for all their sorrows and struggles from Mariamman.
About the Deity
Muthumariamman is worshipped as virgin deity as she is still a child. Those seeking marriage boon offer a pearl of gold at her feet instead of the traditional offer of a mangal sutra. The “Archanai” is performed at the same time for Moolavar and Urchavar in different locations.
Three hundred years ago, Ramnath regional farmers traded their crops in the capital. The town of Pandya kingdom, known as Maduraiyampathi. Muthuchettiar is prominent trader and famous for his probity. He used to worship Meenakshi and Chokkanathar on his return to his native. Although he was rich, he had no children and family was worried about it.
One day while returning from Maduraiyampathi, he found a three-year-old girl child crying isolated in Chinnamannur. He embraced the child, and he realized that there was no one nearby, God has blessed him with this baby and decided to take care of the child. On the way, he found a river and wanted to bathe in it. He left the child in the bank of River and bathing place. He come back and was shocked to see the baby was missing. He searched the child cannot find everywhere. He returned home and explained his wife about the happenings. The couple did not have to eat out of stress and both of them went to sleep.
The child appeared in his dreams and announced that she is stayed in the cactus forest asked him to build an idol and worship him. As Muthuchettiar carried the child on his shoulders, the child directed to combine his name along with the name of the Goddess, hence the idol of the Goddess was named as “Muthumaari”. People made a statue of Goddess using the sand from the riverside where the child was found and built a thatch-roofed tiny temple. It is believed that all people will be given with all the wealth by worshiping this Goddess. The temple hall was built by donations from rich people and abroad. The black stone idol was built in 1914.
The successors of Muthuchettiar were maintaining the temple for the past seven generations. A successor Mr. N.A. Muthupal Chettiar was appointed with effect from 1-12-1967 and continuing his tenure till 3-4-2001 under the act 1180/68, ordered by Hindu Religious Endowment Board and Madurai Assistant Commissioner. As he died on 4-4-2001, his son Mr. M. Venkatesan chettiar was appointed as a hereditary Trustee by the Hindu Religious Endowment Board. During the year 1934, this temple was announced as Exempted Temple by the Chennai board of Commissioner under the order 2286(a.O. 327/34) dated September 19.
Morning 7.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
- Kappu Kattudhal (Inauguration ceremony).
- Pookuzhi or fire pit festival,
- Navarathri in September-October,
- special pujas in the month of Aadi (July-August)
- Thai (January-February)
Panguni festival / Pongal festival is being celebrated in this temple.
- Panguni festival is the only festival which is grandly celebrated when compared with theTamil Month Aadi.
- 10th day of Panguni – The festival begins with the flag hoisting in the temple and with Kaapu Kattudhal. The festival goes on for 15 days.
- On the 22nd day of Panguni – Devotees carry Agni chatti, the clay pot with 1000 holes, filled up with burning coal and come around the temple.
- Childless parents, when they get a baby after their prayers, they place the baby in a cradle made of sugarcane and the mother’s cotton sari and they come around the temple, giving thanks to the goddess.
- Devotees offer even different parts of the bodies made of steel, like the pair of eyes, hands legs, and even a full clay toy, praying the goddess to cure their diseases.
The State Transport Corporation runs long-distance buses to Coimbatore, Chennai from Sivagangai bus-stand.
Sivagangai railway station is located in the east side of town. Several Express trains and passenger trains are passing through the town and connecting with the cities like Karaikudi, Rameshwarem, Ramanathapuram, Tiruchirapalli, Coimbatore, and other major cities.
Madurai International Airport is 40 km away from Sivagangai and Tiruchirapalli Airport is about 130 km away.
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