Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Goddess Kaliamman & Mariamman Are Seen Together In Sanctum Sanctorum - Mariamman Temple - Ooty - Niligiris

The Mariamman temple is located near the market in Ooty, in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Mariamman is the local deity of the region. It is dedicated to Mariamman, the Hindu Goddess of rain. Ooty Mariamman Temple Festival is celebrated in the month of April. Mariamman, the mother Goddess is widely considered to be a form of the goddess Kali. Mariamman is also referred to as Seethala Gowri or Mahamaayi. A festival honouring the goddess is held in the temple annually, which is visited by thousands of devotees from across the country.

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. When they asked for a place to stay, they were told to stay under a nearby tree. They did not know 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 Gopuram
Ooty Mariamman Temple Gopuram
The Mother Goddess, Shakti is worshipped by different names at different places. Every form of hers has an interesting legend behind it – a fascinating story that probably has been doing the rounds for generations in that area. In Ooty, one of our famous hill stations, she is worshipped as Mariamman. The legacy of this deity is so well known that she is worshipped throughout the state of Tamil Nadu, especially in its numerous villages and also in a few parts of Kerala and Sri Lanka. The Mariamman temple in Ooty is located near the market. Mariamman is considered to be the Goddess of Rain. It is also believed that she yields the power to heal diseases such as measles, small pox and chicken pox.

Ooty Mariamman Temple Complex
Ooty Mariamman Temple Complex
Mariamman is also a very popular village deity. A prominent feature of villages in India is the strong faith in the concept of ‘gramadevatas’. Gramadevatas refer to the guardian deities of a village. Rural areas have a strong sense of community and togetherness. The village goddess is believed to protect the village and fiercely guard its boundaries. Outside the village, one cannot receive her protection. The village is a complete cosmos by itself with the central binding power being the divinity of the goddess.

Ooty Mariamman Temple Vimanam
Ooty Mariamman Temple Vimanam
Any problem that affects the village such as the onset of disease or disaster calls for a special worship or festival for the gramadevata. Villagers believe that the problems have been caused by the Goddess since she was neglected. In certain regions, Mariamman is invoked up to three times a year to nourish the village soil and guard the community against disease and death. Almost all places have an important Mariamman festival to appease the Goddess.

Ooty Mariamman Temple Moolasthanam
Ooty Mariamman Temple Moolasthanam
The Temple is facing east with five tiered Rajagopuram. There are two presiding deities in the sanctum. They are called as Maha Mariamman and Maha Kaliamman. Navagrahas, the nine planets, grace in the temple with their consorts. Mother Durga represents three powers (shakti or energy) called Itcha Sakti, Gnana Sakti and Kriya Sakti. There 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. Theertham associated with this Temple is Amirtha Pushkarini.

Ooty Mariamman Temple Main Deities
Ooty Mariamman Temple Main Deities

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 06:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Evening Timings : 04:00 PM to 08:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

Temple is located at about 1.5 Kms from Ooty, 1 Km from Ooty Bus Stand, 1 Km from Ooty Railway Station, 19 Kms from Coonoor, 29 Kms from Kotagiri, 50 Kms from Mettupalayam Railway Station, 84 Kms from Coimbatore and 87 Kms from Coimbatore Airport. Ooty is well connected to Coimbatore, Kerala and Karnataka.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Arulmigu Mariamman Temple,
N0 1, Main Bazar,
Udagamandalam,
Nilgiri District,
Pin Code : 643 001.
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 0423 2442754

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